Mara Provincial Park


Location: Orillia, Ontario
Region: Central
Character: Recreation
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Length/Size: 98.9 acres

Mara Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

For over 4,000 years, natives built weirs to harvest fish teeming in the narrows here between lakes Couchiching and Simcoe. Perch still spawn here and anglers also come for bass, muskie and trout. The main attraction of this little park near Orillia is the wide, sandy beach, one of Lake Simcoe's best.

Camping
Mara has 105 campsites, 36 of which have electrical service. Some are suitable for large travel trailers or recreational vehicles. All sites have fire pits and picnic tables. There are comfort stations with flush toilets and showers, water taps for fresh drinking water and vault toilets scattered throughout the campgrounds. There is also a trailer sanitation station located in the park. All sites are within easy walking distance to the day use area. Reservations are available for the Victoria Day weekend, then again from the 3rd Friday in June until Labour Day, during the spring season, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnics and Day Use
In the day-use area, there are picnic grounds with a shelter, a playground and a sandy beach with a buoyed area for family swimming. The picnic shelter is available on a reservation basis for your next company or family picnic. Contact the park directly for shelter information/reservations.

Electric Sites - 36 of our 105 campsites have 15/30 amp. electrical service, some can accommodate large travel trailer or recreational vehicles.

Barrier Free Access - The comfort station in the Main campground is barrier free (flush toilets and showers).

Park Store - No

Showers - Yes, in the centrally located comfort station

Flush Toilets - Yes, in the centrally located comfort station

Play Area - Yes, a large play area is located in middle of the park. We also have swings, volleyball nets and horseshoe pits. Ask at the Registration Office for any equipment needs.

Boat Launch - Yes, our launch can accommodate a boat up to 20'.

Off Season - Gated

Hiking
Riverside Trail 0.5 km
Mara's only trail winds through a soft-maple wetland and along the bank of a stream rich in flora and fauna. Watch for jack-in-the-pulpits, painted turtles sunning on logs and great blue herons standing like statues by the water.

Fishing
The sport of fishing is no stranger to Lake Simcoe, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the area. Its inhabitants include sunfish, walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, perch and lake whitefish.

Wildlife Viewing
More than 75 species of birds have been identified here. Mara is also home to raccoon, muskrat and groundhog. The red-back salamander is often spotted at swamp edge.

Boating
Mara has a boat launch near the beach but no docking facilities.

Swimming
The wide, sandy beach slopes gradually into the water, ideal for family swimming.

For more information:
Mara Provincial Park
P.O. Box 2178
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 6S1
705-326-4451