Murphys Point Provincial Park


Location: Perth, Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Natural Environment
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Length/Size: 3,061.6 acres

Murphys Point Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Located on the historic Rideau Waterway, this park near Perth offers tours of a restored mica mine and trails - groomed in winter for cross-country skiing - to sawmill ruins and pioneer homesteads. At Big Rideau Lake, pitch your tent at a boat-in campsite and enjoy boating, canoeing and exceptional fishing.

Visit the Friends of Murphys Point web site.

Camping
Of the 160 campsites at Murphy's Point, 27 have electrical service and one is barrier-free.

Group Camping
There are three group camping sites, one of which accommodates up to 20 people, two that accommodate up to 50 people. All sites have water taps and vault toilets. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (613) 267-5060.

Picnics and Day Use
Come for a swim at the sandy beach, where there are change facilities and plenty of parking nearby for day users.

Electrical Sites - 27
Visitor Centre - Yes
Barrier Free Access
Visitor Centre, Site 154, showers, flush toilets, laundromat

Park Store
The Park Store sells basic groceries, camping supplies, ice, ice cream, firewood and park souvenirs.

Showers - Yes, in comfort stations at Rideau and Fallows campgrounds
Flush Toilets - Yes, in comfort stations at Rideau and Fallows campgrounds
Laundromat - Yes, at Rideau comfort station
Play Area - Yes, in Hogg Bay Campground near the beach
Boat Launch - Yes
Rentals
Canoes, tents, barbecues, trailer storage

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available at the Park Store. For a $25 refundable deposit, you can borrow a properly fitted PFD for you and your children.

Hiking
Loon Lake Loop Trail 1 km loop (30 minutes) easy
This short, family-friendly trail, which includes part of the McParlan House Trail, leads through mixed forest, including a small hemlock stand, passes two diverse ponds and follows Loon Lake shoreline.

McParlan House Trail 2.5 km return (1 hour) easy to moderate
This popular trail leads you to the McParlan House, where displays tell its history, and Burgess Sawmill. Along the way, look for signs of glaciers, check out the interesting shoreline habitat and cross a meandering creek.

Point Trail 5.5 km return (2 hours) moderate
This trail loops around Murphys Point peninsula. It meanders through forest to a sandy beach overlooking Big Rideau Lake where there are picnic tables, toilets and change facilities.

Silver Queen Mine Trail 2.3 km return (1 hour) easy
Starting at the Lally Homestead, this trail crosses abandoned farm fields to the Silver Queen Mine, a turn-of-the-century mica mine. Before you start, sign up for a guided tour of the mine at the Gatehouse. An interpretive trail guide, available at the beginning of the trail, tells the mine's story.

Sylvan Trail 2.5 km (1.5 hours) moderate
This scenic trail winds through a mature hardwood forest typical of southern Canadian Shield. Rugged and changing topography will challenge hikers.

Rideau Trail 6.5 km (2.5 hours) moderate
This is just a small part of a 300-km trail that runs from Kingston to Ottawa.

Backcountry
Murphys Point has 12 boat-in and two canoe-in campsites.

Fishing
For those with boats, Big Rideau Lake is home to lake trout and walleye. For those without boats, cast your line for bass and pike from the docks at the boat launch and Hogg Bay, and from the north shore of Loon Lake.

Canoeing
Hogg Bay-Rideau Lake-Loon Lake 12 km loop (1.5 hours) 2 portages, beginner to intermediate

Boating
Located on the Rideau Waterway, the park provides easy access to a boater's paradise. There is a boat launch and docking facilities.

Motorized boats are prohibited on Loon Lake and Hogg Bay.

Swimming
Three sandy beaches slope gently into shallow water. Buoyed areas and change facilities make them ideal for family swimming.

Cycling
Bicycles are allowed on the McParlan House Trail and gravel portions of the Silver Queen Mine Trail.

Winter Activities
From mid-December to the second week in March, you can cross-country ski along 20 km of groomed trails, snowshoe through the bush or take a winter walk, then warm up in two chalets in the park.

For more information:
Murphys Point Provincial Park
R.R.#5
Perth, Ontario
K7H 3C7
613-267-5060