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Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

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Convenient wilderness

We parked at the Wolf Lake put-in, paddled about 4km to a 140m portage, then were on Crab Lake... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2018
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For a visitor without a canoe, there is not as much reason to visit Kawartha Highlands Provincial... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
Edward W
Toronto, Canada
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North Kawartha, Apsley, North Kawartha, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

The portage between Loucks and Compass has a very high beaver dam and then rocks, then was very shallow even with the recent rain. The portage between Compass and Stoplog is very steep and there are trees that need to be removed to make it...More

1  Thank kdt282
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We parked at the Wolf Lake put-in, paddled about 4km to a 140m portage, then were on Crab Lake. Irregular shoreline, finger bays, rock outcrops and no power boats. Loved the silence and seclusion. Fishing was good too.

2  Thank Barius
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

This is a gorgeous park with excellent backcountry camping opportunities. We just got back from 5 days on Stoplog Lake To get to our site we went Long > Loucks > Compass > Stoplog. The portage from Loucks to Compass was brutal. The water level...More

Thank stefbcanada
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We were scheduled for a trip on the French river but we had to reschedule our trip last minute because of the bad fires up there. We did 3 days. We started at the Long lake access point and camped our first night on Loucks....More

2  Thank Daxton V
Reviewed 16 October 2017

For a visitor without a canoe, there is not as much reason to visit Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, as there are no facilities set up for visitors in cars or on foot. We knew this about the park, but still as we drove by on...More

10  Thank Edward W
Reviewed 20 September 2017

My husband has been backcountry camping for years, with friends and more recently our teenage son. He has wanted me to go for years, but I always thought of myself as more of a 5 star resort gal. Well, last year I decided to give...More

2  Thank Onedone
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Love this park and have visited many, many times but mostly day trips since we live in Peterborough, Ontario. This time we took our grandchildren and one of their friends to Bottle Lake. We chose site 107 because of the beach attributes. It was covered...More

4  Thank Carol O
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

I grew up canoeing in this area and this is my first time back since it became a Provincial Park. It was also my 11 y.o. daughter's first canoe trip so we opted for the easy access of Sucker Lake. We had a great experience...More

4  Thank north4608
Reviewed 26 June 2017

I have been back to Kawartha lakes several times and am never disappointed. It is a quick 2 hour drive from Toronto, sites are easy to book online (given that you do it well in advance) and the scenery is beautiful! I have launched from...More

2  Thank Raza S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Wonderful place to visit and do some backcountry camping. We visit several times a year as the lakes are so beautiful and depending on where you go you can feel very secluded and remote.

3  Thank NickPow44
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Susan D
25 September 2018|
Response from stefbcanada | Reviewed this property |
You can canoe to sites on Long Lake, Loucks Lake, and Bottle Lake and camp there without having to do any portages.
1 January 2018|
Response from stefbcanada | Reviewed this property |
There's an Ontario Parks parking lot right where Long Lake Lodge is on the east side. It's at the Long Lake access point. You can park there in the winter. You'll need a vehicle capable of real winter driving if there... More
Danny S
11 September 2017|
Response from north4608 | Reviewed this property |
Kawartha Highlands is a canoe-access backcountry camping park. I don't believe it has marked hiking trails beyond the canoe portages.