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Earl Rowe

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What you'll like:

  • Large outdoor swimming pool open from July 1 to Labour Day
  • Great hiking trails including one paved trail for accessibility
  • The fish ladder is a great place to view salmon spawning in the fall and trout in the spring.
  • Earl Rowe Lake provides canoeing, swimming and fishing.
  • Camping for everyone: group campsites, radio free sites, RV and car camping

Learn to Camp Program Available

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 400
  • Electrical Campsites - 163
  • Group Campsites - 3

Camping

Earl Rowe offers campsites that appeal to all visitors. Whether you are new to the outdoor experience or an experienced camper, Earl Rowe offers car camping sites for all types of equipment and experience level.

Electrical campsites are offered in two campgrounds in the park.


 

Car Camping

Earl Rowe offers car camping in Westside and Riverside Campgrounds.

Westside Campground is open only during peak season (June to September) and has four camping areas: Fletcher’s Field, Boyne Meadow, Trillium Woods and Meadowbrook. Campsites in these areas can accommodate various sizes of equipment from tents only to large RVs. Boat rentals, swimming, a park store and the Resource Centre are only a short distance away.

Fletcher’s Field has electrical hookups and comfort stations with showers, water taps, and laundry facilities located nearby.

Riverside Campground is open for the entire operating season (May to October) and has four camping areas: Heydon Way, Salmon Run, Rabbit Loop and Blue Heron. Amenities such as comfort stations with showers, water taps, and laundry facilities are near by. Campsites in Heydon Way have electrical hookups and can accommodate a variety of types and size of equipment.

Salmon Run and Rabbit Loop are non-electrical campsites designed for tents only. Amenities such as water taps and vault privies are close by. Access to comfort stations with showers and laundry facilities are available in nearby Heydon Way.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Blue Heron is the only radio free camping available at Earl Rowe. Campsites are non-electrical and designed for tents only. Amenities such as water taps and vault privies are close by. Access to comfort stations with showers and laundry facilities are available in nearby Heydon Way.

 

Group Camping

Earl Rowe has three group, non-electrical campsites available to accommodate groups ranging in size from 25 to 100 people. Amenities such as a comfort station (without showers), water taps and vault privies are close by. Access to comfort stations with showers and laundry facilities are available in Heydon Way or Westside Campground.

Highlights of Things to Do

Earl Rowe offers a trail system designed to meet various levels of experience with hiking. Trails vary in length from 1 to 11 km and offer varying levels of difficulty.

Education programming is offered at the Resource Centre. Check out the educational displays and chat with a Naturalist about the natural and cultural history of the park.

Earl Rowe Lake is a great place to spend the day canoeing, fishing, swimming or relaxing on the beach. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are available at the Rental Booth located on East Beach.


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.

Fletcher’s Mill Pond Trail – 1.5 km (linear) – 30 minutes to complete
This trail is paved for accessibility and is an easy walk around Earl Rowe Lake. Cyclists are reminded to yield to pedestrians and wheelchairs.

Rainbow Run - 11 km – approximately 3 – 4 hours to complete
This trail is a loop that encompasses the entire trail system around Earl Rowe. This shared-use trail allows for walking or biking to the pool, park store, Resource Centre or your favourite fishing spot. A portion of this trail includes a moderate incline to a lookout platform. Biking is not recommended on this portion of the trail.

Little Trail – 0.5 km (linear) – less than 1 hour
Designed for a quick, easy walk through the woods from Westbeach to the main road, the Little Trail will bring you out by our fish ladder and dam.

Lookout Trail – 4 km (loop) - 2 hours
Take this trail for a hike up to a beautiful lookout platform overlooking Earl Rowe and surrounding area. This trail includes a moderate climb and biking is not recommended.

Resource Trail – 1.5 km (loop) – 1 hour
Follow this easy trail and learn about the great natural resources at Earl Rowe.

Riverside Campground Trail (linear)
This trail connects campers to both sides of the park. We encourage all Riverside campers to “park” their cars and access the west side of Earl Rowe using this new trail. Hop on your bike and enjoy a quick ride to the beach, swimming pool, park store, Resource Centre or other hiking trails. This is a non-motorized vehicle trail.

 
Canoeing

Bring your own canoe or rent one from the Rental Booth located in East Beach. Rentals are available during peak season (check Park Store for hours) and include the use of lifejackets and paddles. Paddleboats are also available for rent.

 
Swimming

Earl Rowe has two large beach areas; East Beach and Westbeach. The water quality of the lake is sampled and tested according to the Ministry of Health and the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit guidelines and standards. If water quality tests indicate the lake is unsafe to swim in, notices are posted at the entrance to the park and at the beach areas.
No lifeguards are posted on the beach and no pets are allowed in the beach area.

An alternative to the lake is our one-acre swimming pool. Here trained lifeguards ensure your safety. A nominal fee is charged to enter the pool to offset the costs associated with operating the facility. Lifejackets are available for rent.

 
Fishing

Fishing is allowed in the river below the dam and in the lake. Check the Ontario fishing regulations for seasons and restrictions. Tackle Share rods and reels are available for rent at the Resource Centre at no charge. Visit the Gatehouse or Resource Centre for a map of the best fishing spots!

 
Biking

Biking is allowed on all park roads and most trails. Biking is not recommended on the Lookout Trail.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Earl Rowe offers Natural Heritage Education programming from June to September. Weekly program sheets are posted throughout the park at comfort stations and are available at the Gatehouse. Programs are designed to educate and inform varying age and interest groups.

Special Events such as the Snake Show, O.P.P. Bike Like the Best, Ministry of Natural Resources Canine Unit and many more are offered annually. Check out the Park Events page for dates.

Amenities

Earl Rowe offers all the amenities needed for a comfortable and enjoyable camping and day-use experience. Flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities and water taps are located throughout the park. Refer to the Park Information Guide Map for the nearest location or chat with park staff at the Gatehouse or Park Store.

Earl Rowe has four picnic shelters available for rent. Call the park directly for fees and availability.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations with showers are located in Westside Campground in camping areas; Fletcher’s Field, Boyne Meadow, Trillium Woods and Meadowbrook, as well as Riverside Campground in camping area Heydon Way.

Comfort stations without showers are located in the Main Day-Use and Westbeach Campground and the group camping sites.

 
Flush Toilets

Located throughout the park, flush toilets are available in comfort stations and select privies. Refer to the Park Information Guide for specific locations.

 
Barrier Free Access

Earl Rowe has barrier-free campsites (#90, #102, #230, and #242) as well as accessible showers in the comfort station.

 
Day Use Area

Earl Rowe has two large day-use areas. The Main Day-Use area located on the east side of the lake and Westbeach on the other side. Both areas have plenty of picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 
Laundry

Available in Westside and Riverside Campgrounds.

 
Boat Launch

Non-motorized boats can be launched at the boat launch located near the Green Bush Picnic Shelter.

 
Rentals

Canoe and paddleboats rentals are available at the Rental Booth at East Beach.

 
Park Store

The Park Store is located in the Main Day-Use area and offers a variety of grocery items, Ontario Parks Merchandise and lots more!

 
Picnic Shelter

Four picnic shelters are available for rent throughout the summer. Fletcher’s Mill Pond Picnic Shelter and Westbeach Picnic Shelter have electrical hook ups. The Park Store and Greenbush Picnic Shelters are non-electrical. Contact the park for fees and availability.

 
Visitor Centre

Earl Rowe’s Resource Centre is home to the Natural Heritage Education program and is located beside the Park Store.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Riverside Campground - pdf

West Side Campground - 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.

Earl Rowe Provincial Park

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