Frontenac Provincial Park

Location: Sydenham Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Recreation
Length/Size: 12,884.1 acres

Frontenac Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Situated on a southern arm of the Canadian Shield north of Kingston, this semi-wilderness park features granite outcrops, vast wetlands and mixed forests, plants and wildlife. Trails wind through rugged terrain to Moulton Gorge, the Arkon Lake Bog, the Black Lake homestead and the Crab Lake mines. From Otter Lake, hikers and canoeists head into the interior for glimpses of osprey and kingfisher, deer and black bear, coyote and fox, and abundant beaver. Wilderness skills courses are offered in summer and winter.

Visit the Friends of Frontenac website

Frontenac has 48 backcountry campsites in 13 clusters for all-season camping. Most clusters have four tent pads and a privy toilet. Campsites are reachable by canoe, on foot and, during the winter, on snowshoes and cross-country skis. Ask for maps and planning assistance.

Backcountry campsites cannot be accessed by cars.

Picnics and Day Use
Two small picnic areas are located by the deep waters of South Otter and Big Salmon lakes. There are no beaches.

Visitor Centre - Yes
Barrier Free Access - Visitor Centre
Park Store - No, but there are grocery and hardware stores in Sydenham and Verona.
Boat Launch - Yes
Rentals - No, but canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby.
Off Season - Open all year

Arab Lake George 1 km (40 minutes) easy
Start at the Park Office for a walk along an extensive boardwalk.

Arkon Lake 13 km (3-5 hours) moderate
This trail is bisected by the (8 km) Bufflehead Trail.

Big Salmon Lake 19 km (5-7 hours) moderate to strenuous

Cedar Lake 15 km (4-6 hours) moderate to strenuous

Doe Lake 3 km (1-2 hours) moderate
This trail starts at the Park Office and skirts three beaver ponds along the shore of South Otter Lake. A side trail leads to an early 19th-century mica mine.

Gibson Lake 11 km (5-6 hours) moderate to difficult

Hemlock Lake 5 km (3-5 hours) easy to moderate

Little Clear Lake 9 km (3-5 hours) easy to moderate

Little Salmon Lake 15 km (3-5 hours) moderate to difficult

Slide Lake 21 km (6-8 hours) very strenuous
This rugged, very scenic trail passes some small waterfalls connecting Slide Lake to North Buck Lake.

Tetsmine Lake 12 km (5-6 hours) moderate
See an old log slide, abandoned mica mines and the remains of a homestead along this trail. It also leads to a view of the north end of Moulton Gorge.

Frontenac Park offers a comprehensive Wilderness Skills Training Program. Courses include wilderness first-aid, winter camping, canoe certification, canoe & kayak clinics and wilderness navigation. Contact the park for information and to register.

Fish for small and large mouth bass, lake and brook trout, northern pike.
More information on fishing.

There are many canoe routes through the park. Ask at the Park Office for maps and trip planning assistance.

Wildlife Viewing
Beavers activities, along with the terrain's poor drainage, have created a variety of wetlands. Watch for herons, kingfishers and loons on the water, mighty birds of prey including ospreys and hawks, forest fowl such as wild turkey and ruffled grouse, and warblers and vireos. White-tail deer and black bear are common. And coyotes, red fox, fisher, otter, mink, weasel, raccoons and other small mammals abound.

Motorboats are prohibited on the interior lakes with the exception of Big Salmon Lake where only electric motors are allowed. However, you may operate motors on most of the boundary lakes including Buck, Devil, Birch, Kingsford and Otter. Water skiing, jet skis and tubes are prohibited at or near campsites or beaches on boundary lakes.

There are many small beaches within the park, but no day-use beaches.

Cycling - Mountain bikes are prohibited in the park.

Winter Activities
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular activities on 160 km of marked hiking trails. All-season camping is allowed - with a permit -- at the campsite clusters.

For more information:
Frontenac Provincial Park
Box 11
1090 Salmon Lake Road
Sydenham, Ontario
K0H 2T0