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Mara

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What you'll like:

  • Approximately a 10 minute drive South of Orillia
  • Beach located on the shores of Lake Simcoe
  • 0.5 km nature trail
  • A picnic shelter available for reservations
  • Ice, firewood and novelty ice cream available at registration office
  • Boat launch
  • Playground
  • Restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, boat rentals and shopping close by
  • Within 15 minute drive of Casino Rama

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 105
  • Electrical Campsites - 33

Camping

Mara is located on the shores of Lake Simcoe and is approximately a one and a half hour drive from Toronto.  Mara has 105 car camping sites with 95 per cent available for reservation.


 

Car Camping

The park has car camping with both electrical and non-electrical campsites. Our campground has access to washrooms and a shower building. We also have two campsites that offer barrier- free access.

Highlights of Things to Do

Mara’s very large sandy beach is one of the best in Simcoe County. The park is located on the shores of Lake Simcoe which has great fishing opportunities and we also offer boat launching facilities.

Mara has a wonderful hiking trail that allows visitors a glimpse into the natural environment in the area while still being close to all the amenities a small urban centre has to offer.


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.

Mara has a 0.5 kilometre trail which winds through a soft maple wetland and along a stream bank that is rich in flora and fauna. Look for Jack-in-the-Pulpits, Painted Turtles or a Great Blue Heron.

 
Swimming

Mara is located on the shores of Lake Simcoe and prides itself on having one of the best beaches in Lake Country. A designated swimming area is available to park visitors from mid June through to Labour Day.

 
Boating

Mara is on the shores of Lake Simcoe which has great fishing opportunities and also offers access to the Trent Severn Waterway.

 
Fishing

Mara is on the shores of Lake Simcoe and has great fishing opportunities for sunfish, walleye, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, perch and Lake Whitefish.

 
Biking

Campers normally cycle on park roads.

 
Birding

Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Coopers Hawk, Osprey

Amenities

Mara has two fully serviced comfort stations - one with showers. Barrier-free washrooms are available at both comfort stations.  The park has one boat launch that is available throughout our operating season and also has one picnic shelter available for reservation. Mara does not have a park store but wood, ice, ice cream, and a small variety of snack food is available for sale at our Registration Office.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Mara offers one fully serviced comfort station with flush toilets and showers and one comfort station located at the day-use area with flush toilets only.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located in both comfort stations.

 
Barrier Free Access

Barrier-free washrooms are available at both comfort stations and Mara has two electrical campsites (#39 and #40) with barrier-free access. These sites can be reserved by calling the Ontario Parks’ website and call centre.

 
Day Use Area

During the summer months, our day-use area is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from the second Friday in May until Labour Day. No alcohol is permitted in our day-use area at any time, day or night.  If you are bringing pets, they must be leashed at all times, including during our off seasons and they are not permitted on the beach.

 
Boat Launch

Mara has a boat launch that is available for use from the second Friday in May through to Labour Day. The cost of using the boat launch is included in the campsite fee and seasonal permit fee. If you are not camping in the park you must purchase a Daily Vehicle Permit to access the boat launch.

 
Picnic Shelter

Mara has one picnic shelter available for reservation from the Friday of the Victoria Day weekend until Labour Day. This medium sized picnic shelter is located right on our beautiful beach and will accommodate up to 50 people. The shelter comes with the use of a charcoal barbeque and has enough picnic tables to accommodate maximum capacity. Alcohol is not permitted in our day-use area and this includes our picnic shelter. Parking is available within close proximity to the shelter and there are washrooms and drinking water taps available for use.

Call the park directly to inquire about or reserve the picnic shelter (705) 326-4451

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.


Mara Provincial Park

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