Esker Lakes Provincial Park
Esker Lakes Provincial Parks
By Ontario Parks
Straddling the great continental divide between Arctic and Atlantic watersheds, this park preserves the legacy of glaciers that retreated 10,000 years ago - dozens of kettle lakes, part of the famous 250-kilometre Munroe esker, undulating hills and sand dunes. Now cloaked in forest, this fascinating landscape can be intimately explored along a network of hiking trails.
Esker Lakes offers 103 campsites, 64 of which have electrical service. Comfort stations with showers and flush toilets are centrally located. The beach with nearby playground is within walking distance of all sites.
Sunny Point on Panagapka Lake accommodates trailers and tents. There are three group camping sites. For the adventurous, try day-tripping to any one of 29 fish-stocked interior lakes and pitching your tent overnight.
Esker Lakes also has a limited number of electrical and non-electrical sites for seasonal leasing.
Electric Sites - 64
Group Camping - Three group campsites are located in a rugged, secluded area just minutes from Lallan Lake. The sites are close to bathrooms and a water tap. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (705) 568-7677.
Lonesome Bog Trail - 1.5 km (1 hour) easy
Circle Sausage Lake and explore a bog and its unique plant life, explained at nine interpretive stops along the trail. Look out for the carnivorous plant that eats insects!
Trappers Trail - 11 km (3 hours) moderate
This trail into the heart of the park crosses the 249-km Munro Esker, a serpentine ridge of sand and gravel left by glaciers and the longest esker in Ontario. It passes an old trapper's cabin and extensive spruce bog.
Recreational Trail - 1.2 km (1 hour) easy
This short, meandering trail allows bikes and offers an invigorating route through the wilderness.
Check the bulletin board at the museum for programs scheduled throughout the summer including guided hikes and campfires with staff naturalists.
Many of the 29 lakes in the park are stocked with speckled, rainbow and lake trout. Northern pike occur naturally and walleye, splake and smallmouth bass are found in many surrounding lakes. Wynn Lake, just outside the park, opens for aurora trout fishing every three years.
More information on fishing.
Many of the park's lakes are close together and easily portaged. Canoe information is available at the gate house.
The park is home to moose, bear, timber wolf, lynx, fox and marten.
Look for warblers, grosbeaks, pileated woodpeckers and, closer to water, blue herons, loons, herring gulls, blue-winged teals and other waterfowl.
Electric-motor boats are allowed; gas-powered boats are prohibited.
A sandy beach with a buoyed area - but no change facilities -- is only a short walk from the campground and day-use facilities.
Cycle along park roads and a challenging 1.5-km recreational trail for mountain bikes.
For more information:
Esker Lakes Provincial Park
P.O. Box 730, 2 Third Ave.
Cochrane, ON , Ontario
(705) 568-7677 - Summer
705-272-7107 from October to April