Silent Lake Provincial Park

Location: Bancroft, Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 3,583 acres

Silent Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

American sportsmen fished and hunted on this private lake for 40 years before it became a park. Landlocked and undeveloped, Silent Lake has a rocky shoreline, a mixed forest and marshes full of birds and wildlife best seen by canoe. A rugged trail circles the lake, and sections of groomed ski trails have been graded for mountain biking.

Silent Lake has 167 campsites scattered throughout the developed area of the park. Most sites are suitable for small recreational vehicles and trailers as well as tents.
Walk-in sites, away from the roads, offer tenting campers easy access to secluded camping.
All campsites have fireplace grills and picnic tables and are close to vault toilets and water taps. There are also two fully equipped washrooms with showers, laundry facilities and vending machines.
Electric Sites - 10

Picnics and Day Use
A sandy beach offers excellent swimming for day visitors.
Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets
Park Store - There is a store 1 km north of the park on Highway 28.
Yes, in comfort stations in Pincer Bay and Granite Ridge campgrounds.
Flush Toilets
Yes, in comfort stations in Pincer Bay and Granite Ridge campgrounds, at the beach and walk-in campground
Yes, in comfort stations in Pincer Bay and Granite Ridge campgrounds.
Canoes, kayaks, tents and paddleboat.
Off Season
Open for cross-country skiing, winter camping, snowshoeing and ice fishing

Trail guides are available at the Park Gate and trail heads.

Bonnie's Pond Trail 3 km (1.25 hours) moderate
Named after an unfortunate workhorse who drowned while skidding logs over the pond's thin ice, this trail leads to a spectacular lookout. Along the way, you may see beech trees scarred by the claws of black bears climbing for nuts. Look for signs of natural disturbances such as blackened pine stumps burnt in a forest fire, insect outbreaks and wind damage. In winter, this trail is snowshoeing favourite.

Lakehead Loop 1.5 km (30 minutes) easy
A family favourite, this trail crosses Silent Creek, climbs to stands of hemlock, maple and red oak and comes to a scenic view of Silent Lake.

Lakeshore Hiking Trail 15 km (4-6 hours) strenuous
While circling Silent Lake, you pass through different types of forest, see colourful rock cuts and panoramic views. You can also access this trail by canoe at several points.

Renowned for great fishing, Silent Lake abounds with lake trout and small and large mouth bass. During the summer, lake trout inhabit the deep, cold waters and bass enjoy the warm, shallow waters. Enter your catch in the annual Big Fish Contest.
More information on fishing.

Canoeists can explore the rocky islands in Silent Lake or go further into two connecting lakes. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at the park.

Wildlife Viewing
Otter, mink and beaver live in the marshy areas near the shoreline of the lake and deer can often be seen on higher ground.

To help preserve the tranquility of the natural environment, motorboats are not allowed in the park. Canoes, kayaks can be rented in the park.

Two sandy beaches offer excellent swimming and diving docks, one for day visitors and the other for campers, close to the campgrounds.

There are three marked, mountain-biking trails. The 7-km and 12-km routes are rated moderate. And the 19-km route is more challenging.

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:
Silent Lake Provincial Park
P.O. Box 219
Bancroft, Ontario
K0L 1C0