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Arrowhead

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What you'll like:

  • Large, treed and private campsites in the heart of Muskoka
  • Three sand beaches on Arrowhead Lake
  • Quiet motorboat-free lakes
  • 15 km of hiking trails; including a trail leading to a waterfall
  • Remains of old homesteads from the 1870’s
  • Rental canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes during the summer season; skis, snowshoes and ice skate rentals during the winter
  • Well-known for winter activities; skiing, snowshoeing, skating, tubing

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 378
  • Electrical Campsites - 185
  • Camp Cabin - 5
  • Soft Sided Shelter - 2

Camping

In each of the campgrounds you will find amenities such as water taps, privies on each road, as well as a comfort station in each campground. Swimming, biking, and hiking trails are all within a short distance from wherever you are located in the park.


 

Car Camping

Arrowhead offers camping in three campgrounds: Roe, East River and Lumby.

Roe Campground generally offers the most private, well-drained sites. The beach near this campground is less crowded and offers great access for fishing.

East River Campground is great for RVs, especially along Road 10. It is also closest to Stubbs Falls – a wonderful area to explore. The beach here is also a designated day use beach so tends to be busier.

Lumby is divided into two sections: north and south and they are quite similar. Forest cover in Lumby Campground is mixed deciduous forest. It offers great sites for tent trailers and tents. The dog beach is located nearest to the north Lumby Campground.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Roads 1-4 in East River and South Lumby Campground are radio free from May until September.

 

Camp Cabin

Arrowhead has five camp cabins. The camp cabin is a rustic one room cabin with a rustic wood interior. The cabin sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed.  High quality mattresses will provide a comfy night’s sleep. The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas barbeque and picnic table. A propane/electric fireplace provides additional comfort.

The camp cabin is within a short walk of a comfort station and water tap.

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

Please note that pets are not permitted in the tent and smoking is prohibited.

Winter Use:

Ski, Snowshoe or Walk-in required to access Camp Cabins (approximately 500 metres).

You MUST check-in at the park prior to 8:00 PM.

Please contact the park prior to your arrival date for complete check-in procedures, between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM (Monday - Friday) (705) 789-5105

No indoor plumbing or comfort station available.  Unheated vault toilet within 300m.
 
One 18-litre bottle of potable water is provided during winter months.

 

Soft Sided Shelter

Deluxe Tent
Arrowhead is piloting a deluxe tent.  Sitting on a wooden platform, the tent features rustic log furniture and two queen beds outfitted with comfort mattresses.  A kitchenette includes a mini fridge, coffee maker and counter space.  Outside you’ll find a gas barbeque for cooking.

The deluxe tent is within a short walk of a comfort station and water tap. 

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

Please note that pets are not permitted in the tent and smoking is prohibited.

Deluxe Yurt
Arrowhead is piloting a deluxe yurt.  This yurt is similar to ones you will see elsewhere at Ontario Parks but with a little more elbow room and a few more conveniences.  The deluxe yurt sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed.  A kitchenette with microwave, bar fridge and coffee maker make for easy meal prep.  A propane barbeque and picnic table are located outside.

The deluxe yurt is within a short walk of a comfort station and water tap. 

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

Please note that pets are not permitted in the tent and smoking is prohibited.

Highlights of Things to Do

At this year-round park in the heart of Muskoka, hike or bicycle on trails that wind through maple forests and past waterfalls, beaver ponds and homesteaders’ farms. Quiet Arrowhead and Mayflower Lakes and the meandering Little and Big East Rivers, are ideal for paddling, fishing and swimming. Return in the winter to ski on groomed trails, tube down a hill or skate on an outdoor rink.


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Beaver Meadow Trail - 7 km (2 hours) moderate
Arrowhead’s longest trail passes Porcupine Bluffs, the remnant shoreline of a huge ancient lake. The bluffs are easily visible in the spring and fall but are hidden during the leafy summer months. The trail circles a large beaver pond with large rafts of cattails where you might see otter, moose, Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallows and, of course, beavers. Near the end, the trail crosses a field and you can see evidence of the once successful Oke homestead—old fence lines, building foundations and domestic plants such as rhubarb and apple trees.

Big Bend Lookout – easy
This short walk from the parking lot on Roe Campground Road leads to a panoramic view of the meandering Big East River and the surrounding Muskoka terrain.

Homesteaders Trail - 3 km (1 hour) moderate
In the 1870s, homesteaders cleared this area. Take this trail across moderately rugged terrain and see traces of abandoned farm fields now reclaimed by young forest.

Mayflower Lake Trail – 1 km (30 minutes) moderate
Ten thousand years ago, Mayflower Lake was a small bay in a large glacial lake. Today it is a small, deep, spring-fed lake. Its cold, clear waters provide ideal habitat for cold water fish such as Rainbow Trout. This trail has several lengthy climbs and descents over the hills surrounding Mayflower Lake and can be muddy, so wear your hiking boots.

Stubb’s Falls Trail - 2 km (45 minutes) easy
Take this trail in early spring when wildflowers and songbirds will be your reward. At Stubb’s Falls, the Little East River rushes down a rock chute. Stop here for a pleasant respite.

 
Canoeing

Be aware of weather conditions before going out as well as making sure you wear a personal floatation device (PFD) at all times.

 
Swimming

There are three quiet, clean, sandy beaches with change facilities that back into birch groves. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.

 
Boating

Motorized boats (including electric motors) are prohibited on Arrowhead and Mayflower lakes. Canoes are ideal for exploring the shorelines and viewing the wildlife of these lakes.

 
Fishing

Mayflower Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout. Arrowhead Lake is good for Small Mouth Bass. A valid fishing license and outdoors card is required.

 
Biking

Arrowhead has two moderately challenging mountain bike trails – the 4.5 km Arrowhead Lake Trail and the 3 km Lookout Trail.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Park staff offer weekly educational programs for children and adults from early July to Labour Day. They include nature and historical walks, evening programs with guest speakers and videos, and children’s crafts and games.

 
Birding

Several species of birds make Arrowhead their home in the spring and summer months, before migrating south for the winter. A bird list is available at the main gate.

 
Winter Activities

The main park road and three parking lots are kept open for winter visitors and to host major events including the Annual Muskoka Loppet (http://arrowheadnordic.ca), elementary school races and much more. In the winter, Arrowhead grooms and maintains more than 33 km of cross-country ski trails that are designed for classic skiing or skate skiing. Each trail is rated for difficulty and ranges from beginner to expert. The park offers a variety of hiking/snowshoeing trails as well as a skating rink and skating trail. There are two warm-up shelters and an open fire pit at the top of the tubing hill! (Tubes provided).

Amenities

Large sandy beaches, grassy picnic areas and lush campsites are a few reasons thousands of visitors choose Arrowhead Provincial Park. Located in the heart of Muskoka, just 10 minutes from Huntsville, this gateway park offers visitors a wide range of outdoor recreation activities in their own backyard.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

There are three comfort stations (complete with showers and flush toilets) located centrally in each campground.

 
Flush Toilets

All comfort stations are equipped with flush toilets. All privies in Roe Campground and many in East River Campground have flush toilets.

 
Barrier Free Access

There are barrier free showers and washrooms stalls at all comfort stations.

 
Day Use Area

Picnic areas can be found along the beaches.

 
Rentals

In the summer months: canoes, kayaks and bicycles can be rented from the Beach Information Building at the day-use beach. There are also PFDs and helmets available to rent. In the winter months the main gate rents cross-country ski equipment, snowshoes and skates.

 
Park Store

The Park Store sells groceries, snacks, candy, locally baked goods, Kawartha Dairy products, ice cream, park souvenirs and camping supplies. It is open from May until October (Thanksgiving weekend)

 
Picnic Shelter

A group picnic shelter in the day-use area accommodates 50 – 100 people and can be reserved for birthday parties, reunions, gatherings or any other special event. Reservations can be made by calling the Park Office Monday – Friday, starting in April.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Trail Maps (pdf)

Ski Trails - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

Yes

Boil Water advisories are in effect at the following campgrounds [Arrowhead]

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Arrowhead Provincial Park

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