Wakami Lake Provincial Park


Location: Chapleau, Ontario
Region: Northeastern
Character: Recreation
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Length/Size: 21,760.1 acres

Wakami Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Anglers favour the "still and clear waters" of Wakami Lake. The park features a challenging, four-day, shoreline hiking trail 76 kilometres long, and canoeing to remote campsites. Take in the spirit hikes, nature walks and an outdoor museum documenting the history of white pine logging in the area.

Camping
Four campgrounds in the park's main area have 65 campsites, all near amenities such as vault toilets and drinking water taps. But there are no showers or comfort stations. Scattered in the interior are 20 additional campsites without conveniences.

Group Camping - There are up to three group camping areas which accommodate up to 35 people at Wakami Lake. Water and toilets are located nearby. One site is at the beach, while the other areas are less than a kilometre from the beach. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (705) 233-2853.

Picnics and Day Use
You can swim and picnic in the day-use area.

Visitor Centre - Yes

Barrier Free Access
Washrooms and campsites in Browns Bay campground

Park Store
Located in the staff area, the Park Store stocks souvenirs, ice, soft drinks and firewood.

Boat Launch - Yes
French Language Services - Yes
Rentals - Canoes, trailer storage
Off Season - Gated

Hiking
Beaver Meadow Trail 2.5 km (1 hour) easy
Circle an abandoned beaver pond and see how the industrious rodent has altered the landscape.

Closed until further notice Height of Land Trail 7 km (3 hours) moderate
Walk the first 3 km of this trail through a forest of mixed birch and balsam trees. Cross the Armstrong Bridge to a short trail leading to Hidden Bog. Because this section is ecologically fragile, please stay on the trail.

Closed until further notice Height of Land Trail 75 km (4-5 days) strenuous
One of the longest and most challenging in the province, this trail follows the height of land which separates the flow of waters to the north and south (the continental divide). Ask park staff for the detailed brochure of this trail.

Closed until further notice Logging Exhibit Trail 1 km (30 minutes) easy
This self-guided trail takes you past restored logging equipment and buildings. Interpretive panels explain the history of logging in the Wakami area from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Transitional Forest Trail 2 km + 3-km extension (45minutes + 1.5 hours) moderate
On this trail, you can see the transition from a forest with southern Ontario tree species to one with northern boreal species.

Education
(Temporarily Closed) - One of the highlights at Wakami Lake is the Outdoor Logging Exhibit, which documents the end of the white pine logging era and the switch from horse-drawn logging to mechanization.

Fishing
Wakami Lake is considered a premier fishing destination in northern Ontario for walleye and whitefish. Northern pike and speckled trout are also found in Imakaw Lake. Fish cleaning stations are located in Brown's Bay and Birch Hill.

Canoeing
Wakami Lake Route 56 km (3-4 days) 8 portages, intermediate
This route travels through a series of small lakes and winds through the narrow Little Wakami River. Ask for a detailed brochure.

Boating
Boat launching and docking facilities are located near Brown's Bay Campground.

Swimming
A sandy beach features a buoyed area and change facilities ideal for family swimming. The water is deep in spots.