Restoule Provincial Park

Location: Restoule, Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 6,919 acres

Restoule Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Restoule straddles the narrows between two lakes south of Lake Nipissing. Hike or mountain-bike to high granite bluffs and a fire tower where you can see for miles. Watch for heron rookeries, birds of prey and populous white-tailed deer. Embark from here on a five-day canoe trip tracing Samuel de Champlain's original route.

Restoule boasts three campgrounds with 278 campsites, 99 of which have electrical service. Large private sites allow family privacy and a peaceful stay. Comfort stations with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities are centrally located in the campgrounds.

Group Camping - Restoule has three group camping sites. Site 601 accommodates 25-50 people,
Site 602 accommodates 12-25 people, and Site 603 accommodates 35-60 people. All sites have close access to toilets and running water and are located in or next to the day use area of the park. The comfort station is approximately three kilometres away. Reservations are taken starting the first business day of May each year by calling the park directly at (705) 729-2010.

For the more adventurous, there are several walk-in campsites on Restoule Lake.

Angels Point Trail 2.5 km (30-45 minutes) easy
Take a relaxing stroll through woods on abandoned park roads. Smooth, grassy and fairly level trails are easily suited to baby carriages.

Fire Tower Trail 8 km (3 hours) challenging
This trail winds through a red pine plantation and lowland and upland hardwoods to the top of a 100-m cliff looking west towards the French River. This trail features some very steep rocky sections and moderate to difficult terrain.

Restoule River Trail 3 km (1.5 hours) easy
This trail climbs some steep grades through mostly upland hardwoods.

Natural heritage education programs are offered throughout the summer.

Lakes Restoule and Stormy offer anglers excellent opportunities to catch pickerel, pike, muskie, large and small mouth bass, lake trout and even lake whitefish. Winter anglers often catch splake in Stormy Lake.

Restoule Upper French Route 72 km (4-6 days) 12 portages, C class
Summer is the best time to paddle this flat water route. It follows the route the Ojibwa took with Samuel de Champlain to the French River and into Lake Nipissing. The return voyage takes you through a seldom-travelled backwater to the park.

Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife viewing is excellent with a healthy coyote, wolf, bear, otter, pine marten, moose and deer. To the northeast, the park abuts one of the largest white-tailed deer herds in Ontario and many deer wander into Restoule for the food and shelter provided by hemlock trees.

More than 90 species of birds, including the rare and endangered peregrine falcon, inhabit the park. Highlights include a heron rookery, waterfowl nesting areas and a large variety of birds of prey.

Both Stormy and Restoule Lakes are ideal for extensive boating. Boat launches on both lakes offer easy access. And there are also docking facilities.

Lake Restoule features three sandy beaches that slope gently into the water and are buoyed for swimmer safety. One beach permits canine visitors.

At Angels Point there are 2.5 km of cycling trails. And plans are being made for 15 km of mountain bike trails to the top of the cliff and beyond. The park has a fleet of top quality mountain bikes for rent. Ask at the Gatehouse about special rules that apply to bicycle riders.

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local area or district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

For more information:
Restoule Provincial Park
Restoule, Ontario
P0H 2R0