White Lake Provincial Park

Location: White River, Ontario
Region: Northeastern
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 4,265 acres

White Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Inland from cool Lake Superior, White Lake is a sheltered basin with sandy beaches, warm-water swimming and exceptional fishing. Once a rich source of furs and lumber, this park offers natural treasures - orchids and bogs with insect-eating plants - plus educational programs. Embark here for a seven-day canoe trip along the White River.

White Lake has three campgrounds -- Woodlily, Sundew and Moccasin Flower -- with 187 campsites, 60 of which have electrical service. Most campsites are sheltered under the pines and some skirt the shore of White Lake. Each site has a picnic table and fire grate and is close to drinking water taps, toilets and garbage bins. A comfort station with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities is centrally located. Many sites can accommodate large recreational vehicles.

There are two trailer sanitation stations and a trailer storage area.

Group Camping - One group site is available for the use of 80-100 people. Though isolated, the site has vault toilets and water taps on site, as well as its own beach and is a five minute drive to the comfort station. The site is open to both adult and youth groups; though youth groups have priority over adult groups. Reservations are taken during the regular season by calling
(807) 822-2447.

Electric Sites - 60 (with 15- and 30-amp receptacles)

Picnics and Day Use
White Lake's large day-use area includes a modern playground, a sandy beach, picnic tables, a volleyball area and horseshoe pits.

Barrier Free Access - Flush toilets, sinks

Park Store
At the Gatehouse, you can buy firewood, ice, a cold drink and souvenirs and use the pay phone.
(Basic groceries, camping supplies, licences, bait and gas can be obtained within eight km of the park.)

Showers - Yes, in the Moccasin Flower Campground
Flush Toilets - Yes, in the Moccasin Flower Campground
Laundromat - Yes
Play Area - Yes
Boat Launch - Yes
French Language Services - Yes
Rentals - Canoes, bicycles, tents, trailer storage
Trailer Sanitation Station - Yes
Pets are prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. They must be on a leash.
Off Season - Gated, but accessible on foot.

Clearwater Lake Trail 2 km return (1 hour) easy
This trail leads through a pine forest to the spring-fed Clearwater Lake. Go for a swim or explore this quiet lake by canoe.

Deer Lake Trail 1.5 or 2.5 km (1-2 hours) easy
This self-guided trail follows the shore of Deer Lake to a beaver marsh and northern boreal forest. Take this path to birdwatch, enjoy the sunset and see nature's greatest engineer, the beaver, at work.

Fitness Trail 500 m
Eight exercise stations make this campground trail ideal for a quick workout. It is also a great place to go for an evening stroll.

Tiny Bog Trail 4.5 km (2.5 hours) moderate
This trail loops around a spruce bog and two large beaver ponds, then climbs a sandy ridge of jack pines. A boardwalk crosses the bog where insect-eating sundew and pitcher plant grow in a carpet of floating moss. You'll find a viewing platform and benches along the trail.

Park naturalists offer guided hikes, guest speakers, audio-visual presentations and campfire programs throughout the summer. Learn all about the boreal forest, local logging history, the fur trade and the rich cultural history of the area.

Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife is abundant in these varied habitats. Moose, fox, porcupine and beaver often make an appearance. Loons, osprey, bald eagles and great blue herons fish the waters. And owls, ruffed grouse, woodpeckers and songbirds find food and shelter in the forests.

White Lake is large. Approximately 12 to 18 km long, the north end of the lake is an ideal location to fish, especially if you have a large boat. The south end is narrower and suitable for smaller boats, water skiing and canoeing.

The day-use beach is approximately 200 metres of fine sand. With warm, shallow waters and a buoyed swimming area, it is for family swimming and water sports.

There are no dedicated cycling trails in the park, but you can cycle outside the park.

Winter Activities
The park is gated but accessible on foot. It's a great place for a winter walk or some snowshoeing.

For more information:
White Lake Provincial Park
Box 340
White River, Ontario
P0M 3G0