Six Mile Lake Provincial Park

Location: Coldwater, Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 232.3 acres

Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Three sandy beaches, calm waters for swimming, canoeing and fishing, and a scenic hiking trail make this park near Highway 400 a convenient stopover. Wildlife is abundant and, oddly, so are rare species: birds (yellow-throated vireos), plants (yellow-eyed grass), insects (walking sticks) and reptiles (five-lined skinks).

The park has 217 campsites, 53 of which have electrical service. This is a popular campground in the peak season, so reserve in advance. Each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace. Vault toilets and drinking water taps are conveniently located throughout the campgrounds and there are shower facilities. There is also a trailer filling/dumping station.

Picnics and Day Use
Picnic tables, and toilets are near the beach.

Electric Sites - 53, in Pine, Birch and Lakeside campgrounds
Visitor Centre - Yes
Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets, 2 campsites and parking

Park Store
The Park Store sells groceries, ice cream, basic camping supplies, ice, firewood, newspapers and park souvenirs. It also rents canoes.

Showers - The park shower building is located on west side of main road just before it enters camping area.

Flush Toilets - Yes

Laundromat - Yes. The park has 2 washers and 2 dryers located at the shower building. Laundry supplies are available at the park store.

Boat Launch - Yes. There is also space for approx. 20 motorboats to dock in the vicinity of launch area.

Rentals - Canoes, Dock space reservations available.
Off Season - Gated

Park staff offer films, nature walks and lessons in canoe skills and safety. A small interpretive centre operates from July to Labour Day.

The Living Edge 1 km (45 minutes) easy
Plants typical of St. Lawrence lowlands grow along this trail, including pond weed, yellow-eyed grass and smart weed. Watch for woodpeckers and others birds.

The many bays in Six Mile Lake offer good fishing for walleye, northern pike, small and large mouth bass and other panfish.

From Six Mile Lake, paddlers can join the 90-km Gibson-McDonald canoe route and travel through Canadian Shield from the Georgian Bay shore to inland lakes, rivers and creeks. Or they can spend the day exploring the lake's shore.

Rent a canoe at the Park Store.

Wildlife Viewing
Rock barrens, forests and shrub wetlands provide habitat for chipmunk, raccoon, beaver and white-tailed deer. Red fox and black bear also live here.

Birds are abundant in forests and marshes. Ninety-one species have been identified, including the wood thrush, pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, turkey vulture and loon. Rarer species sometimes sighted are the yellow-throated vireo and Swainson's thrush.

The park is also home to various harmless snakes and the rare five-lined skink, a small harmless lizard. The Massasauga rattlesnake, the only poisonous snake in Ontario, inhabits the area, but few campers encounter it.

The park has a boat launch and several small docks. Boats of all kinds are permitted on the lake.

Visitors can enjoy the three sandy beaches with shallow water and buoyed areas for safe family swimming.

Cycle to the Big Chute Marine Railway and explore public cottage roads around the lake.

Winter Activities
Although the park is closed to vehicles and camping in winter, you can park outside the entrance and enter the park for snowshoeing, walking and cross-country skiing. An organized Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs snowmobile trail makes use of the main park road in winter and allows snowmobilers fire access for a picnic stopover.

For more information:
Six Mile Lake Provincial Park
P.O. Box 340
Coldwater, Ontario