Charleston Lake Provincial Park

Location: Landsdown Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 5,814.4 acres

Charleston Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Natives once sheltered under rock overhangs on the shores of this coldwater lake north of the St. Lawrence River. Then wealthy Victorian cottagers summered here. The rugged look of the north blended with the south still draws hikers and canoeists to these scenic shores and winding trails.

Visit the Friends of Charleston Lake web site.

Three campgrounds have 238 campsites, 86 of which have electrical service. Camp in the treed Meadowlands, or forested Bayside and Shady Ridge campgrounds.
Ten interior campsites along the shores of Charleston Lake are accessible only by water and trail. Arranged in five clusters, most feature a tent platform best suited for free-standing dome tents.
Pit toilets are accessible to each site and you can arrange firewood delivery, refuse pickup and equipment delivery and pickup (for a small fee).

Group Camping
There are three group sites that accommodate 16-40 people. There is a central water tap, and vault toilets on site. There is no swimming at the sites and they are no accessible by water. The sites are approximately mile to the comfort station. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (613) 659-2065.

Beech Woods Trail 1.8 km loop (1 hour) easy
Take a self-guided tour and learn about the different wildlife in various habitats along the way.

Hemlock Ridge Trail 1.8 km loop (1 hour) easy
Charleston Lake's plant communities are highlighted on this trail.

Quiddity Trail 2.6 km (1.5 hours) easy
Two boardwalks lead through wetlands at the barrier-free beginning of this trail. The trail ends on a high rocky promontory overlooking Running=s Bay.

Sandstone Island Trail 3.3 km loop (2 hours) easy
Learn about the cultural and geological history of the park as you hike past rock shelters used by native people over 2, 000 years ago and the foundations of the pioneer homesteads. This trail features a lookout over Charleston Lake.

Shoreline Centennial Trail 1.6 km loop (1.5 hours) easy
Interpretive stops explain the natural and cultural history of the lake, especially the role of recreational fishing in the early 1900s.

Westside Trail 10 km (4 hours) moderate
This rugged loop shows off some of the most beautiful parts of the park.

Lake trout, panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Explore Charleston Lake's intricate shoreline and many islands by canoe. Each beach provides a canoe launch and storage racks.

Wildlife Viewing
Ask park naturalists which trails to follow for the best wildlife viewing. The park's forests and shores are full of birds, mammals, reptiles (including the threatened Black Rat Snake) and amphibians.

Charleston Lake is a beautiful lake for all types of boating. Docking facilities are available at the boat launch on a first-come, first-serve basis for boats up to five metres long. Motorboats are prohibited in Slim Bay and parts of Running's Bay.

Sandy beaches are groomed daily and slope gently into shallow, clear water. There is a buoyed area and change facilities, ideal for family swimming.

Throughout the summer season, daily programs on a variety of themes are offered. School groups are also welcome in the spring and fall. See park bulletin boards, or phone for details.

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:
Charleston Lake Provincial Park
148 Woodvale Rd.
Lansdowne, Ontario
K0E 1L0
(613) 659-2065