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Kawartha Highlands

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park - main photo of the park

What you'll like:

  • Largest park in Ontario, south of Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Enjoy solitude, tranquility and dark night skies in this newly established park
  • Wide variety of canoe camping and backcountry experiences
  • Rugged rolling landscape of small lakes, wetlands, forests and rocky barrens
  • Great wildlife viewing opportunities and a large diversity of species
  • In the spring, beat the summer rush and see this unique landscape come to life

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 121
  • Backcountry Campsites - 121

Camping

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park has over 100 backcountry campsites spread over six recommended canoe loops. Most sites have three tent pads, a designated fire ring, picnic table and a privy toilet. Campsites can only be reached by canoe and most require portaging to access; there are no car campsites in the park.


 

Radio-Free Camping

To maintain the wilderness atmosphere of Kawartha Highlands, the use of amplified stereo devices is prohibited throughout the park.

 

Backcountry Camping

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park has over 100 backcountry campsites spread over six recommended loops. Most sites have three tent pads, a designated fire ring, a picnic table and a privy toilet. Campsites can only be reached by canoe and most require portaging to access them; there are no car campsites in the park.

Highlights of Things to Do

Whether you’re here for an hour or a week, you can enjoy diverse low impact recreational activities in this semi-wilderness environment.


Just the Facts

 
Canoeing

Kawartha Highlands provides a taste of wilderness canoeing, close to southern Ontario. There are six recommended canoe routes through the park, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. A canoe route map is available for sale from the park office.

 
Swimming

The many clear lakes of Kawartha Highlands provide great opportunities for swimming at campsites and throughout the park.

 
Boating

Motorboats are permitted on most lakes within the park. Check with the Park Office for more information.

 
Fishing

Try your luck for bass, walleye, panfish and trout. Note: The use and possession of live baitfish is prohibited in the park.

 
Birding

Watch for Common Loons, Great Blue Herons and Osprey on park lakes. The park’s rock barrens attract a number of bird species including Whip-poor-will, Common Nighthawk, Scarlet Tanager and Eastern Towhee.  Many species of warblers, vireos and sparrows are found in the park as well.

 
Winter Activities

Winter camping is allowed and you must obtain a permit by calling 1-888-668-7275 or online at https://reservations.ontarioparks.com. Please note that although you have made a reservation for a designated campsite, you are required to camp at least 30 metres away from any designated campsite, shoreline, trail or portage between December 1 and March 31.

We recommend that you camp in low sheltered areas where there is a good supply of standing dead firewood for warmth and cooking.

 
Hunting

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local area or district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Park Amenities List

Amenities

All access points at Kawartha Highlands have spaces for parking, composting toilets and information kiosks. Some access points also include boat launches and limited day-use facilities.

Just the Facts

 
Day Use Area

Kawartha Highlands offers many options for those who want to paddle for the day.  During your day trip you can enjoy a shore lunch and swim at a scenic lakeside spot.  There are limited day-use facilities at a few of the access points.

 
Boat Launch

Boat launches for small vessels exist at the following access points: Anstruther, Wolf, Loon Call and Long Lakes.

Park Location

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

Yes

Water taken from lakes and rivers should be submitted to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute before consumption.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

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