Massasauga Provincial Park, The
|Location:||Parry Sound, Ontario|
Massasauga Provincial Park, The
By Ontario Parks
Stretching along the coast of Georgian Bay from Parry Sound to the Moon River, this park takes in hundreds of windswept islands as well as inland forests and lakes. Accessible only by water, it is a protected sanctuary for the Massasauga rattlesnake and home to prairie warblers, five-line skink, hybrid toads and map turtles. Moor in a quiet cove, fish for muskie and bass, camp by the bay or paddle to inland lake sites. Be sure to visit Calhoun Lodge for a glimpse of 1930s cottage life.
The Massasauga is unique as a water-access-only park. The only way to access the park's 135 campsites is by canoe, kayak or boat. (Motorized travel is not permitted on the inland lake). Every campsite, therefore, is on the waterfront. Forty-eight campsites are on inland lakes accessible by portage. All campsites have box privies
Register at Pete's Place Access Point or Oastler Lake Park Office.
A boat launch is located at Pete's Place for access to Georgian Bay.
Baker Trail 5.5 km (3 hours) moderate-difficult
This self-guided interpretive trail starts at Calhoun Lodge and leads to the Baker pioneer homestead. Side trails branch to the shore, ideal for picnicking. Don't forget to wear proper hiking footwear and bug repellent.
Moon Island Trail – This is a 4 kilometre trail of moderate difficulty that can be accessed from the Wood’s Bay Day-Use site. The trail traverses various terrain and forest types, with impressive lookouts onto Georgian Bay. It provides excellent opportunities to view waterfowl, a heron rookery and beaver pond. Along the trail you can see signs of wildlife including moose, deer, bear, and grouse.
Wreck Island Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) moderate
Nine interpretive stops explain the geology along this trail. Those who find the trail too rugged, can opt for a shorter loop of about 800 m.
The Massasauga boasts a first-class fishery of muskie and bass. Pike and panfish are also very common.
With direct access to Georgian Bay and short portages to inland lakes, paddlers can create routes as short as a few hours and as long as seven days.
White-tailed deer, moose, black bears and wolves are commonly spotted in the park. And chipmunks, raccoons, birds, hybrid toad and five-linked skink appear around the campsites. This area is also home to the poisonous, but rarely seen, Massasauga rattlesnake.
The Massasauga is best explored by boat. Sailing and sea kayaking are popular. So is motorboating, but only experienced boaters with proper navigational charts should rely on motorized travel.
Small, sandy beaches interrupt a rocky shore next to water that is crystal clear and sometimes deep. Islands in the park offer many swimming spots. There are no buoyed areas or change facilities.
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:
The Massasauga Provincial Park
380 Oastler Park Drive
Parry Sound, Ontario