Earl Rowe

Biking

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

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!

Hiking

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.

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.

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.