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Restoule

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What you'll like:

  • Paddle along the base of the 100 meter high Stormy Lake Bluffs
  • Hike to the top for a view of the local landscape
  • Day and overnight canoe accessible campsites
  • Hiking and biking trails for all levels of experience and adventure
  • Car, RV, walk-in and backcountry camping
  • Natural Heritage Education programming from July to September
  • Fall colours in an Oak/Maple/Birch hardwood forest
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 287
  • Electrical Campsites - 97
  • Backcountry Campsites - 12
  • Group Campsites - 3

Camping

Camping at Restoule is offered in three campgrounds and an easily accessible backcountry setting.

Tent, trailer and RV campsites are available with or without electricity on a good variety of campsites along the shores of Restoule Lake.

For the adventurous, there are a wide selection of walk-in and canoe-in campsites on Stormy, Clear Lake and the Restoule River where you can explore for an afternoon, stay for the day or complete a five day canoe route.

Boat launches and docks are provided on Restoule and Stormy Lakes where boating, canoeing, over night camping and day trips are all exceptional ways to explore the front and back country in Restoule Provincial Park.


 

Car Camping

Putts Point and Bells Point feature campsites without electricity and three beaches; one of which is designated as pet friendly. 10 walk-in campsites are located on the shoreline in Bells Point Campground; these relatively secluded sites are less than five minutes from the parking lot and provide the best of the car camping and backcountry experiences.

Flush and vault toilets, laundry facilities and showers are available in Putts and Bells Point Campgrounds.

Kettle Point Campground contains the parks 97 electrical campsites. Large and small trailers alike will fit on all of the sites in Kettle Point where you will also find flush and vault toilets, laundry facilities and showers.

 

Group Camping

Three group campsites offer a secluded way to camp with your friends and family along the Restoule River.  Our sites will accommodate groups ranging in size from 15 to 100.

Potable water and vault toilets are available on site and access to the parks main trail head is nearby.

Reservations are required; please call the park directly beginning on the first business day of May. 705 729-2010

 

Walk-in Camping

These relatively secluded sites are less than five minutes from the parking lot and provide the best of the car and backcountry experiences.  Potable water and a composting toilet service this ten site campground on the shore of Restoule Lake.

 

Backcountry Camping

You can make an afternoon or day trip to many of the backcountry sites on Stormy and Clear Lakes. Accessible by foot, boat and canoe these sites also provide a jumping off point for a multi-day canoe route that will take you on a round trip from Restoule Provincial Park, to the French River, North to Lake Nipissing and then back to Restoule through Shoal and Bass Lakes. Rated at easy to moderate, there are well marked campsites and portages along this four to five day adventure.

High water levels may increase the difficulty of the rapids located along the Restoule and French Rivers.
Low water levels may increase the number and length of portages on the north/south leg of the route through Shoal and Bass Lakes.

For more information, a canoe route map or to check seasonal conditions, please call the park directly. 705 729-2010

Although significantly more adventurous, you can choose to hike into many of the backcountry campsites. This will be a mostly off-trail experience. A GPS, accurate map, appropriate gear and experience are all required to take advantage of these opportunities.

Highlights of Things to Do

Prized for it’s location at the end of the highway, you will be leaving the traffic behind. With hiking and biking trails to suit all levels of skill and desire for exploration, beaches and a full Natural Heritage Education program, there is never a lack of things to do or places to explore.

The easily accessible backcountry has excellent opportunities for part or full day adventures to visit the 100 metre bluffs on Stormy Lake or a remote campsite along the Restoule River. You can also make an overnight excursion or choose to challenge the whole canoe route.


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.

Fire Tower Trail - 7 km
This loop trail will take from 2 to 2.5 hours and is rated as moderate with several steep rocky climbs.

The fire Tower Trail ascends through mixed forest cover and provides the opportunity to experience several stages of natural history including forest fire and severe wind events. The reward for your hard work is a spectacular view from atop the 100 meter tall Stormy Lake Bluffs and a close inspection of a historic fire tower.

The River Trail - 2 km
This loop trail is rated as easy as it takes you through the rolling topography of the west side of the Restoule River. This gently paced trail will take you about 45 minutes to complete.

Rangers Point Trail – 1 km
This easy loop trail provides walk-in access to two spectacular campsites in the backcountry. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the serenity of a waterfront campsite on Stormy Lake.

Angels Point – 5 km
There are two loops to this hiking and cycling trail, both are appropriate to every level of experience from “just out of training wheels” and beyond. Rated as easy, you can complete both loops in less than 60 minutes or spend a while longer to explore this rolling terrain.

Gibs Trail – This moderate to difficult linear trail is as long as you choose to make it. Gibs Trail is a beautiful undeveloped backcounty trail that leads out of the park into adjacent Crown lands. This trail is generally unmarked and unmaintained but remains obvious as it progresses generally westward toward the French River. Bicycles are permitted on Gibs Trail. Sections of this trail remain wet all season and several beaver dam crossings can add to the difficulty.

Once outside of the park, Gibs Trail has several branches and dead ends. A GPS and accurate map are recommended if you plan to leave the park boundaries.

 
Canoeing

There are many secluded kilometers of lakes and river to explore by boat, canoe and kayak. Well marked campsites and portages provide easy access to Restoule, Stormy and Clear Lakes and the Restoule River.

 
Swimming

Three sandy beaches on Restoule Lake provide a relaxing place to soak up the sun. The Bells Point Beach is also pet friendly.

 
Boating

There are many secluded kilometers of lakes and river to explore by boat, canoe and kayak. Well marked campsites and portages provide easy access to Restoule, Stormy and Clear Lake and the Restoule River. Boat launches and docks are located on Restoule and Stormy Lakes for day and overnight docking.

 
Fishing

Lake Trout, Splake, Walleye, Pike, Muskie, Large and Smallmouth Bass and Lake Whitefish are commonly caught on the front and backcountry lakes in and around the park.

 
Biking

Gibs Trail and Angels Point Trails are bicycle friendly and the many kilometers of road in the park make this an excellent way to get from point to point.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Educational, entertaining programs are offered 4-6 times a week from July to September.

 
Birding

More than 90 species of birds frequent the waters and forests of Restoule including, Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagle and Osprey.

 
Hunting

Time and location restrictions exist. Please contact the park directly for details and seasonal variations.

Amenities

Restoule is a fully serviced park offering campsites with and without electricity, trailer sanitary services, showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities. Day-use and an easily accessible backcountry offer endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. You can also join our team of nature interpreters for a more structured experience on a guided hike, evening program or at the visitor centre.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Located in Putts Point and Kettle Point Campgrounds comfort stations include showers, laundry and flush toilets.

 
Flush Toilets

Located in each of the two comfort stations in the campgrounds.

 
Barrier Free Access

Comfort stations, two vault toilets and five campsites.

 
Day Use Area

There are numerous superb drive-in, and walk/paddle-in opportunities.

 
Laundry

Located in each of the two comfort stations in the campgrounds.

 
Boat Launch

Located in each of the three campgrounds and at the Stormy Lake access point

 
Rentals

Bicycles are available for rent.

 
Picnic Shelter

Two picnic shelters (no reservations required) are located in the day use area along the shores of the Restoule River.

 
Visitor Centre

Located in the Day-Use Area at the Ranges Point trailhead. Open from July through August. Hours are posted thoughout the park.

 
Pet Exercise Area

Located adjacent to the Bells Point Beach which is also designated as pet friendly.

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.

Restoule Provincial Park

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