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Balsam Lake

Balsam Lake Provincial Park - main photo of the park

What you'll like:

  • Boating on the Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Large sandy beach
  • Good fishing for Walleye, Muskellunge, Large and Small Mouth Bass
  • Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals
  • Easy day-trip hiking trails
  • Gift shop
  • Fully-furnished 4-bedroom rental cottage near the water
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 506
  • Electrical Campsites - 213
  • Group Campsites - 3
  • Cottages - 1


Located in the picturesque City of Kawartha Lakes, Balsam Lake is an all season recreational park along the Trent-Severn waterway. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment. For those looking for a little more comfort, the park offers a four bedroom fully serviced cottage. In summer, swim at a clean, safe beach, hike the trails, fish for bass, canoe, paddle boat and kayak. Come in the spring for wildflowers and in the fall for autumn glory.


Car Camping

Balsam Lake has a range of campsites with and without electricity for tents and RVs. For a private, natural experience car access walk-in sites are also available. Campsites may be reserved from the second Friday in May through to the Thanksgiving weekend. Reservations are accepted five months in advance of arrival – reserve early to avoid disappointment.


Radio-Free Camping

Eco (walk-in) sites, Cedar Grove, Mapleview and Hawthorne Valley campgrounds are now radio-free.


Dog-Free Camping

Dog free camping is available at the six Eco (walk-in) sites.


Group Camping

At Balsam Lake there are three Group Camping sites serviced with vault privies and drinking water. The use of the site is for non-profit youth groups only and must be requested by completion of this application form.


Walk-in Camping

Six radio-free, pet free, Eco (walk-in) campsites are available.



Number of Cottages at Park: 1
Site Number(s): 800
Maximum 8 people


This fully furnished 4-bedroom cottage is located close to the water and is fully equipped with: three queen and two single beds, propane furnace with central air, refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, toaster oven, pop corn popper, coffee maker, dishwasher, pots, dishes, pans, cutlery, TV, DVD Player, telephone (with modem jack), BBQ, outdoor fire pit, picnic table, game tables, dart board and a coin operated washer and dryer.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food and other personal items.

Visiting in Winter

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the cottage and smoking is prohibited.

How to Reserve

For reservations, please call 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) or 1-519-826-5290 outside of North America.

Highlights of Things to Do

Swim in the clean water of Balsam Lake or take an enjoyable boat ride on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Balsam Lake is the the highest inland lake where you can actually travel by water to the oceans.

Rent a canoe, paddle boat or kayak and fish for Walleye, Muskellunge, Large and Small Mouth Bass or relax on our sandy beach.

Camp on one of 506 campsites – eight of which are premium electrical sites situated right on the lake shore and participate in our regularly scheduled Natural Heritage Education programs

Just the Facts

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.

Lookout Trail – 2.6 km (1.5 hours) walk through eskers and kames formed over 10,000 years ago from the Wisconsin Glacier. Enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area.

Plantation Trail – 4.2 km (2 hours) – a moderate forest trek with both natural and pioneer highlights.


Explore the shores of Balsam Lake.


The clean, sandy beach is marked with buoys. Please note that there are no lifeguards posted.


Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent on the south end of the beach. Personal floatation devices (PFDs) are supplied for all rentals. A boat launch and boat trailer parking is available.


Fish for Walleye, Muskellunge, Large and Small Mouth Bass


Cycle on campground roads and over 10 km of local cottage roads (adjacent to the park).

Natural Heritage Education

Regularly scheduled programs and events including excellent children’s programs are available during the summer season.


Find a wide range of birds from hummingbirds, Blue birds, cardinals, Northern orioles, Pileated woodpeckers, hawks, osprey and owls. Relax to the call of the loon.


There are four comfort stations complete with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets. Swim in the clean waters of Balsam Lake – sand beach, playground and picnic shelters are close by. Browse our Gift Shop for souvenirs, clothing, ice and firewood. Launch your boat – docking and trailer parking are available.  Leave your vehicle at the park and travel the Trent-Severn waterway. Home away from home – stay at a fully furnished 4 bedroom cottage near the lake. “Radio Free” campground areas and a pet swimming area at the canoe launch are available.

Just the Facts

Comfort Station(s)
Flush Toilets
Barrier Free Access
Day Use Area

There is a shady, grassed area with an excellent view of the lake and a children’s playground.


Coin operated washers and dryers are available at our four comfort stations.

Boat Launch

Docking and trailer parking is available.


Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats are available to rent on the beach.

Park Store

The park gift shop offers clothing items, souvenirs, ice, ice cream, coffee and firewood. Groceries are available just outside the park at The Park Store and in the town of Coboconk.

Picnic Shelter

There are three large picnic shelters located near the main beach area. The shelters maybe reserved by calling the park at (705)-454-3324 (not available to reserve on holiday weekends).

Pet Exercise Area

Located at canoe launch.

Park Location

Park features on this map are representative only and may not accurately depict regulated park boundaries. For official map representation of provincial parks, visit Ontario's Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

Campground Maps (online)

Online Maps

Fire Ban


There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water


There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting


There is no beach posting at this time.

Balsam Lake Provincial Park

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