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Blue Lake

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What you'll like:

  • Renowned for its crystal clear waters and long sandy beach, Blue Lake is an outstanding destination for all types of water activities
  • Blue Lake Crag a 25 metre high rock face
  • Hiking trails ranging from easy, interpretive trails to longer day hikes
  • Interpretive Centre located in an old log cabin
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 200
  • Electrical Campsites - 108
  • Group Campsites - 2
  • Trailer Equipped Campsite - 6

Camping

Blue Lake offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment and can accommodate RVs 40 feet long.
 
For those looking for a bit more comfort, the park offers Trailer Equipped Sites.  These sites can be reserved through our reservation website or call centre. 


 

Car Camping

Blue Lake offers a range of car camping opportunities from private tent pads to pull through sites with parking areas. Half of the campsites offer electrical hook-up.  Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by.  Swimming, boating and the Visitor Centre are only a short distance away.

 

Group Camping

Blue Lake has two group campsites available.  The sites vary in size and can accommodate 40 to 140 people.  Water taps are nearby and vault toilets are either on site or close by.  A beach borders the group camping area. Both sites offer electrical hookup.

Call the park directly to reserve (807) 227-2601 (summer) or (807) 223-7535 (winter after 1st day in January).

Trailer Equipped Campsites

Number of Trailer Equipped Campsites at Park: 6
Site Number(s): 3, 4, 401, 402, 403, 404

​Enjoy some additional comfort in a trailer equipped campsite.

Sleeps:
Maximum 6 people

Amenities

​Travel trailer with dinette, couch slide, screened in add a room, cook stove, fridge, air conditioner, heater, shower and two sinks with potable water. No toilet - vault toilet available nearby.

What to Bring

​Dishes, utensils, linens (sleeping bags).

Visiting in Winter
Restrictions

​Please note that pets are not permitted. Smoking is not permitted.

Parking

​1 parking space is included in the rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre. When reserving online select “Roofed Accommodation” as your reservation type.

Highlights of Things to Do

Blue Lake is known for it’s crystal clear, natural waters and almost 1 km long sand beach. Kids can play while parents read a good book in the shade of a 150 year old Red Pine tree.

There are a range of paddling and hiking options for both the novice and the experienced park visitor. Choose from numerous day canoe trips or for the more adventurous, try the Blue Lake Canoe route which takes you through the remainder of the Natural Environment park and onto nearby crown land.

Natural Heritage Education programs provide families with hands-on, entertaining ways to explore the park and learn more about the boreal forest, wetland complex and the park’s wildlife and natural features. Be sure to visit the interpretive centre to learn about the park’s natural and cultural history.


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.

Boulder Ridge Trail – 1 km, easy, 30 minutes
Walk through a forest created by fire, onto a ridge made by ice and over sands carried by rivers now dry. The Boulder Ridge Trail mixes past and present into a fascinating half hour stroll.

Goblin Lake Trail – 11 km, moderate, full day
For those with an adventurous streak, the Goblin Lake Trail follows the edge of Goblin Lake and explores the wilds of Northern Ontario the way our pioneers would have. Follow the directional signs carefully and always let someone know where you are hiking and when you expect to return. Bring a snack and plenty of water for this all day hike.

Rock Point Trail – 4km, moderate
This 4 km trail takes you through a variety of environments from cedar groves to Jack Pine ridges. As you will be hiking through varying terrain, be sure to wear appropriate foot wear. Your journey starts at the beaver pond and loops back to the campground near M road.

Spruce Fen Boardwalk Trail - 1 km, easy, barrier-free, 30 minutes
A fen is a fascinating world where land floats on water, plants eat animals and creatures of the water fly. The Spruce Fen Trail takes you through a Black Spruce fen and a beaver pond environment. Interpretive signs help describe these environments along the trail. To protect the fen, the trail is a boardwalk and is also wheelchair accessible.

 
Canoeing

Take a canoe out onto Blue Lake and explore for the afternoon or try a longer canoe adventure starting from the park.

Route 12 Blue Lake– 97 km loop, partially in the park, moderate, 5-7 days
This route features varied scenery, wildlife and sandy beaches. In the past, portages were used as trading routes to the Hudson Bay Post on Eagle Lake. There is also an abandoned Mica mine site on Cobble Lake.

Detailed maps and more canoe route information is available at the Blue Lake Park Office.

 
Swimming

Blue Lake is renowned for its long sandy beaches and exceptionally clear, blue water. Summer fun in the water is what brings families to Blue Lake. A buoy line marks the swimming area.

Please note that the beach is not supervised by lifeguards. Pets and alcohol are prohibited on the beach.

 
Boating

Power boats are allowed on all lakes within Blue Lake Provincial Park but please be aware of non-motorized canoes, kayaks and sailboats.

 
Fishing

Blue Lake is a popular fishing lake for Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Northern Pike. Walleye and the elusive musky can be caught but are a challenge even for an experienced angler. Nearby Corner Lake and the Indian Lake chain are popular for walleye.

 
Biking

Bicycles are a great way to explore the campground. They are permitted on park roads but not on the trail system.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer staff offer a variety of fun, interactive educational programs. Join a Park Naturalist as you explore the hiking trails, stop by the Visitor Centre to learn about the 1900s burn that made Blue Lake what it is today, bring your young campers to the children’s programs and take the whole family to the evening campfires and slide shows!

 
Birding

The boreal forest is home to a variety of bird species. Often the Common Loon fills the evening sky with its mournful song as Chimney Swifts fly high above, snagging insects out of the air. Bald Eagles are common place as well as many forest dwelling song birds. Bird checklists are available at the Visitor Centre.

 
Hunting

Hunting is permitted in the Blue Lake park additions. Be sure to ask a Ministry of Natural Resources representative of proper boundaries.

 
Other

Rock Climbing

The Blue Lake Crag is a 25m rock face on the west side of Blue Lake and is popular with climbers.
All rock climbers must be experienced and must complete a climbing waiver, provide proof of experience and have all of the proper safety equipment prior to receiving climbing approval.

Amenities

Enjoy modern camping facilities on beautiful Blue Lake. Offering the luxuries of home, comfort stations with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets are located in the campground.

Paddle your way across the lake to the climbing crag in rental canoes or kayaks with free Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) rentals! Or try your hand at fishing for Smallmouth Bass with a loaner rod and reel, compliments of our Tackleshare program.

For the four legged campers, Blue Lake offers a pet exercise area and a pet friendly swimming area.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations with showers and flush toilets are centrally located in each of the park’s campground.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found in various locations throughout the campground and day-use area.

 
Barrier Free Access

Barriefree access is available at both comfort stations. There is also a wheelchair ramp at the day-use area. The 1 km Spruce Fen Trail is wheelchair accessible. We also have two campsites that are saved for campers who require barrier-free access.

 
Day Use Area

The entire 1 km beach at Blue Lake is a popular day-use area. This sandy beach has buoyed swimming areas and shady areas with picnic tables, water taps and hibachis.

 
Laundry

Coin operated washers and dryers are located in both of Blue Lakes’ comfort stations.

 
Boat Launch

A boat launch is located at the north end of the beach and a dock is available for your convenience.

 
Rentals

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent. Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are also available on loan with a $25 refundable deposit.

 
Park Store

Located in the main entry station, the Blue Lake store sells basic camper needs and Ontario Parks’ merchandise. The store features clothing items, souvenirs, books and ice cream.

Ice and groceries are available outside of the park in Vermilion Bay, nine km south of the park on Highway 17.

 
Picnic Shelter

There is one picnic shelter in the park located at the center of the beach. The shelter is available on a first-come first-served basis. Group campsite #502 also has its own picnic shelter.

 
Visitor Centre

Stop by the Visitor Centre, located in an old log cabin at the south end of the beach, to view displays of plant, rock and wildlife specimens. The cabin is one of the original cottages from the early days of Blue Lake campers.

 
Pet Exercise Area

Let your furry friend off-lead on this designated pet exercise area past the park emergency exit road.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

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