Arrowhead Provincial Park

Location: Huntsville Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 3,056.7 acres

Arrowhead Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

At this year-round park in the heart of Muskoka, hike or bicycle on trails that wander through maple forests and past waterfalls, beaver ponds and homesteaders' farms. Quiet Arrowhead and Mayflower Lakes, and the meandering Little and Big East Rivers, are ideal for paddling, fishing and swimming. Return in winter to ski on groomed trails, tube down a hill or skate on an outdoor rink.

Arrowhead has 378 treed and private campsites, 115 with electrical service, in three campgrounds. Roads 1 to 4 in East River Campground is a radio-free zone.

Day Use and Picnic Area - Yes

Electric Sites - 185 - New hydro sites are now available at Arrowhead Provincial Park. As a result of high demand, 68 more sites in Roe Campground now have electrical power, bringing Arrowhead's total number of electrically-serviced sites to 185.

Visitor Centre - No

Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets

Park Store - The Park Store is located just past the Main Office. It sells firewood, ice, groceries, toys and souvenirs.

Showers - Yes, at comfort stations in East River, Lumby and Roe campgrounds

Flush Toilets - Yes, at comfort stations in East River, Lumby and Roe campgrounds

Laundromat - No

Play Area - No

Boat Launch - No

French Language Services - No

Rentals - Canoes, kayaks and bicycles can be rented from the Beach Information Building at the day-use beach during July and August. The Main Office handles rentals during the spring and fall. The Pro Shop rents skis during the winter.

Beaver Meadow Trail - 7 km (2 hours) moderate
Arrowhead's longest trail passes Porcupine Bluffs, the remnant shoreline of a huge ancient lake. (Easily visible in the spring and fall, the bluffs are masked during the leafy summer months.) It circles a large beaver pond with large rafts of cattails where you might see otter, moose, great blue heron, tree swallows and, of course, beavers. Towards the end, the trail crosses a field and see evidence of the once-successful Oke homestead -- old fence lines, building foundations and domestic plants such as rhubarb and apple trees.

Big Bend Lookout - easy
This short walk from the parking lot on Roe Campground Road leads to a panoramic view of the meandering Big East River and the surrounding Muskoka terrain.

Homesteaders Trail - 3 km (1 hour) moderate
In the 1870s, homesteaders cleared this area. Take this trail across moderately rugged terrain and see traces of abandoned farm fields now reclaimed by young forest.

Mayflower Lake Trail - 1 km (30 minutes) moderate
Ten thousand years ago, Mayflower Lake was a small bay in a large glacial lake. Today it is a small, deep, spring-fed lake. Its cold, clear waters provide ideal habitat for cold water fish such as rainbow trout. This trail has several lengthy climbs and descents over the hills surrounding Mayflower Lake and can be muddy, so wear your hiking boots.

Stubb's Falls Trail - 2 km (45 minutes) easy
Take this trail in early spring and wildflowers and songbirds will be your reward. At Stubb's Falls, the Little East River rushes down a rock chute. Stop here for a pleasant respite.

Park staff offer guided hikes and children's programs twice a week. Amphitheatre programs two or three nights a week explain the park's natural and cultural history.

Mayflower Lake is stocked with rainbow trout. Arrowhead Lake is good for small mouth bass.

Motorized boats (including electric motors) are prohibited on Arrowhead and Mayflower lakes. Canoes are ideal for exploring the shorelines and viewing the wildlife of these lakes.

Three short, quiet sandy beaches with change facilities back into birch groves.

Arrowhead has two moderately challenging mountain bike trails - the 4.5-km Arrowhead Lake Trail and the three-km Lookout Trail. Helmuts are recommended.

Wildlife Viewing - The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Deer, moose, fox, raccoon's, skunks, chipmunks, beaver, lots of birds and even a wandering bear.

For more information:
Arrowhead Provincial Park
451 Arrowhead Park Rd.
Huntsville, Ontario
P1H 2J4