Marten River

Biking

Biking is allowed on park roads.

Birding

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.

Boating

Power boats are allowed on Marten River and many of the nearby lakes.

Canoeing

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.

Fishing

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.

Hiking

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.

Natural Heritage Education

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.

Swimming

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.