Dickson Lake is experiencing a blue-green algae bloom with some slight overflow into neighboring Lavieille Lake. As a result, Dickson Lake is now closed to overnight camping for the remainder of the season but remains open as a canoe route. A number of campsites in the Hardy Bay area of Lake Lavieille have also been closed to camping. The spread and effect on Lake Lavieille is being closely monitored and updates will be provided if circumstances change.
The Renfrew County Health Unit is advising that:
For any other health related questions, concerns and precautionary measures, please visit the Renfrew County Health Unit’s website at www.rcdhu.com/Publications/News-release-2015-July-13-bg-algae-Dickson-Lake.pdf
The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. There is also a second Algonquin - along the 56 kilometre stretch of Highway 60. Here you can enjoy camping at one of eight campgrounds, hike one of 14 trails, take part in extensive Natural Heritage Education programs, and visit Algonquin’s exceptional Visitor Centre, Logging Museum and Art Centre. For over 50 years, each Thursday in August, park staff have offered the “Public Wolf Howl”, a highly engaging program on wolf ecology that includes howling for wolves. Weather and wildlife dependent. Check for details on park events.