Marten River offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors. Many campsites are located among the tall pines next to the Marten River and are designed to accommodate all types of camping equipment.
The park is all about water, and Marten River itself divides the park in two. The park entrance, the day-use area with its large beach, and the Winter Camp logging exhibit occupy the east side. Cross over the bridge to the west side to find the park’s two campgrounds and another beach. The river is wide within the park and seems more like a broad curving lake. The closeness of the water makes for scenic views, good swimming and recreation opportunities that are close to your campsite.
Campsites can accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers. Many campsites offer electrical hook-up. Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by. Swimming, boating, angling and hiking opportunities are only a short distance away.
Marten River has one group camping site that accommodates up to 125 people and offers on-site toilets and water taps. The site is approximately one kilometre from the comfort station and 0.5 km from the beach.
Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of the three sandy beaches with warm, shallow waters to relax the day away. Or if you prefer to be more active, Marten River is a canoeist’s, boater’s and angler’s delight with shallow, warm water fish species ready to grab your line! If hiking interests you, try the Transition Trail which takes you through pine stands and a Black Spruce bog where you can view cottongrass, sphagnum moss, lichens and tamarack trees. Visit the park’s replica 19th century logging camp complete with artifact-filled cookery, bunkhouse, stable, blacksmith shop, museum/theatre and 15 outdoor exhibits.
Transition Trail: Marten River’s Transition Trail offers a moderate hike that is five kilometers long and will take approximately two hours to complete. The trail takes you through a variety of forest types from mature pine stands to a Black Spruce bog.
Marten River itself provides lots of opportunities to explore, with numerous bays and long stretches of shoreline. As the park is the southern gateway to the Temagami region, there are many canoeing opportunities close by. Nearby, Kenny Forest Provincial Park has a number of large, interconnected lakes to paddle, and for whitewater enthusiasts, the Temagami River is a great canoe or whitewater kayak route, either for the day or overnight.
Many more canoe route options can be found in the Temagami region. The area includes a number of other provincial parks, and with adjacent Crown land includes 2400 km of interconnected waterways. Canoe route maps of the many routes are available for purchase.
There are three natural sand beaches recommended for swimming. These beaches are marked with buoys and have gradual drop-offs. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.
Power boats are allowed on Marten River and many of the nearby lakes.
Marten River offers Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and Yellow Perch. Lake Trout, Lake whitefish and Brook trout can also be found in nearby lakes.
Biking is allowed on park roads.
Marten River offers a variety of interpretive programs for all ages. Park naturalists lead hikes, give evening programs and campfires, as well as telling visitors about the days of horse logging at the Winter Camp, a replica 19th-century logging camp that brings a bygone era to life. An award-winning film, “The Winter Camp”, was shot here years ago, depicting the hard work and dangers faced by the men who lived and worked in the frozen Canadian forests each winter. It is regularly shown in the Museum Theatre during summer months.
Marten River and the surrounding landscape provide many different habitats for birds. Warblers, flycatchers, hawks owls and ducks nest here each year. Watch and listen for them as they look for food, feed their chicks and defend their territories from rivals.
Enjoy the modern camping facilities at Marten River. The campground offers clean comfort stations with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets.
Explore the river in boats and canoes that can be rented from outfitters near the park or simply explore the park by bicycle or on foot.
Stop by the park store for souvenirs, nature books and outdoor clothing.
Visit the park’s reconstructed 19th century logging camp with its log buildings and artifacts. The museum theatre features the award-winning film The Winter Camp shot on location.
Other amenities include boat launches, group camping, play areas and day-use area.
There are two comfort stations in the campground providing barrier-free showers, flush toilets, and sinks. Laundry facilities are also available.
The day-use area has a comfort station with flush toilets and sinks.
Flush toilets are available in the campground and day-use area.
The following facilities are barrier-free: showers, flush toilets, swimming, nature/visitor centre.
Marten River has a day-use area not far from the park entrance and Highway 11. The comfort station is a barrier-free facility, with flush toilets and sinks. There is a large beach and picnic area on Marten River with canoe access and a boat launch. The day-use area is next to the Winter Camp, a replica 19th-century logging camp that brings a bygone era to life. Along with a number of log buildings and period logging equipment, there is a museum and theatre. Check with the park office for program and tour schedules.
There are two boat launches in the Chicot Section, one in the Assinka Section and one near the Marten River entrance.
The park runs a TackleShare program which lends out fishing rods and tackle to park visitors.
Trailer storage is available at Marten River.
The store features clothing items, souvenirs, maps, ice, firewood and books. Groceries and other essentials are available from local businesses near the park.
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