Blue Lake

Biking

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

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.

Boating

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

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.

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.

Hiking

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.

Hunting

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

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!

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.