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Rushing River

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What you'll like:

  • Rushing River cascades over rock gouged by glaciers in a series of rapids but elsewhere is passable by canoe
  • A favourite family camping destination offering beaches, playgrounds, interpretive programs, hiking trails and endless opportunities for exploring
  • Only a 2.5 hour drive from Winnipeg
  • Gateway to Eagle-Dogtooth Provincial Park’s five canoe routes
  • During the winter the park offers 16 km of groomed cross-country ski trails
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 216
  • Electrical Campsites - 82
  • Group Campsites - 3
  • Trailer Equipped Campsite - 6

Camping

Rushing River has over 200 campsites.  Numerous waterfront campsites offer picturesque settings that you won’t find anywhere else. 

For those looking for a bit more comfort, the park offers Trailer Equipped Sites.  These sites can be reserved through our reservation website or call centre.


 

Car Camping

Rushing River has a variety of electrical and non-electrical sites well suited to any equipment ranging from a single tent to a large motorhome. Many of the sites are waterfront and offer unforgettable views of Dogtooth Lake. Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table and fire pit with grill. Facilities throughout the campgrounds include drinking water taps, two modern comfort stations and a trailer dump and fill station.

 

Group Camping

Rushing River has a number of options for group camping.  Campsites #501, #502 and #503 are situated on the north side of the park and are well suited to large groups.  Site #501 is a waterfront site that can accommodate up to 25 people.

Campsite #502 is privately situated with space for up to 20 people.
 
Campsite #503 is the largest site picturesquely located beside the Rushing River rapids and can accommodate groups of up to 50 people. A picnic shelter adjacent to the campsite may be rented to provide a sheltered setting for group activities.

 

Walk-in Camping

Rushing River has numerous campsites that offer the unique experience of parking along the main road and then taking a short path (20m– 50m) to your campsite. These waterfront campsites are extremely popular.

 

Trailer Equipped Campsites

Number of Trailer Equipped Campsites at Park: 6
Site Number(s): 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405

Enjoy some additional comfort with a trailer equipped campsite.

Sleeps:
Maximum 6 people

Amenities

Travel trailer with dinette, couch slide, screened in add a room, cook stove, fridge, air conditioner, heater, shower and two sinks with potable water. No toilet - vault toilet available nearby.

What to Bring

​Dishes, utensils, linens (sleeping bags).

Visiting in Winter
Restrictions

Please note that pets are not permitted. No smoking permitted.

Parking

​1 parking space is included in rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre. When reserving online select “Roofed Accommodation” as your reservation type.

Highlights of Things to Do

Just a short 2.5 hour drive from Winnipeg and 20 minutes from Kenora, visitors will discover the attractions of Rushing River Provincial Park. Rushing River cascades over rock gouged by glaciers in a series of rapids but elsewhere is passable by canoe. This family friendly park has something for everyone; beaches, playgrounds, interpretive programs, hiking trails and endless opportunities for exploring.


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.

Beaver Pond Trail - 1.1 km loop, 45 minutes, easy

This short loop trail starts next to campsite #102 and takes hikers to a quiet beaver pond full of fragrant water lilies. It’s an excellent trail to see forest songbirds, Great Blue Herons, a host of flowering plants and wildlife. Plan an early morning or evening stroll when the birds and shoreline wildlife are most active. 



Granite Knoll Trail 2.7 km loop, 1.5 hours, moderate
This trail meanders along the shoreline of Dogtooth Lake over millions of years of geological history and then swings back through open Jack Pine forest and over gnarly granite hummocks. See a forest that burned once and will surely burn again and hear the songs of warblers, sparrows and vireos that make the forest home.

Lower Rapids Trail 1.8 km loop, 1 hour, easy
This scenic loop trail begins at the entrance parking lot on Highway 71. It follows what may be an old portage around the rapids and waterfalls. Watch for waterfowl on the river and listen for the call of the Green Frog and the almost constant singing of the Red-eyed Vireo.

Pine Ridge Trail 500m linear, easy
This short trail starts at the main day-use area and travels the ridge towards the Park Office and exit. Explore the ridge of tall Red Pine trees and take some time to look out over the campsites below. As always, wear proper footwear, bring your camera and enjoy the walk.

 
Canoeing

Short term rentals, complete with delivery, are available from the privately operated Rushing River General Store, less than one kilometre south of the park. For those venturing out onto one of Eagle-Dogtooth Provincial Park’s canoe routes, the park rents canoes for a minimum of three days. These canoe routes begin at Rushing River Provincial Park and range in length from 32 kilometres to 103 kilometres. For more information on canoe routes, contact the park directly at (807)548-4351.

 
Swimming

Rushing River has four sandy beaches with excellent swimming areas, all of which have a shallow roped-off section, ideal for children.

 
Boating

Two ramps, one on each side of the park, allow for convenient launching of boats and docking. Boaters are reminded that the channel is a posted no wake zone for public safety and protection of fragile shorelines.

 
Fishing

Rushing River is a popular destination for fishing. Dogtooth Lake is home to walleye, pike, Smallmouth Bass and Lake Trout. Fishing licences are available from the Rushing River General Store outside the park.

 
Biking

Cycling on park roads is a great way to get around and an enjoyable way to explore the park. Visitors are reminded that Ontario law requires helmets to be worn by those 18 years old and younger, when biking on roads, including those in provincial parks.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer, park staff offer a variety of activities that highlight Rushing River’s natural and cultural heritage including evening programs at the amphitheatre, guided hikes and special events. School programs are available in June and can be booked by calling the park. Staff also operate the park’s museum which offers a variety of displays and learning opportunities. Program and museum schedules are posted throughout the park and are available at the Park Office upon registration.

 
Birding

Bird watchers will want to take to the trails to enjoy songbirds, warblers, sparrows, vireos and other species that call Rushing River home.

 
Winter Activities

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Rushing River under a blanket of snow. Parking, privies and picnic shelter facilities are available next to the rapids. Sixteen kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails await your discovery and range in difficulty from easy to challenging. Other popular activities include hiking, dog walking and snowshoeing. Winter day passes may be purchased at the self serve fee station located near the rapids or use your annual or winter vehicle permit; available by calling the park or for purchase online.

Amenities

Whether visiting for the day or staying overnight, Rushing River’s four beaches are sure to provide a peaceful, fun filled time for everyone. Try your luck fishing on Dogtooth Lake or explore the calm waters by boat or canoe.

For those looking for a more wilderness experience, the park serves as the gateway to Eagle-Dogtooth Provincial Park and its five canoe routes ranging in length from 32 kilometres to 103 kilometres.

Winter brings a host of new experiences and activities to Rushing River. Take advantage of the picnic shelter and fire pits to enjoy the best winter has to offer. Sixteen kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails and quiet, peaceful solitude are waiting for day visitors to enjoy.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Centrally located in each of the campgrounds, two modern comfort stations offer visitors clean flush toilets and showers. The South Side comfort station has coin laundry facilities.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located at the comfort stations in each of the North and South Side Campgrounds. The south side comfort station is located close to the main day-use area.

 
Barrier Free Access

Both comfort stations offer barrier-free access. Two campsites, #290 and #292 are designated as accessible.

 
Day Use Area

Rushing River has several day-use areas. The main day-use area includes two large sandy beaches, a change house, washrooms with flush toilets and a playground.  Numerous picnic tables are found throughout the day-use areas.

 
Laundry

Coin laundry is available at the South Side comfort station.

 
Boat Launch

Two boat launches, one each on the north and south side of the park, offer boaters access to Dogtooth Lake. Docking facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional charge. Boaters are reminded that the channel is a no wake zone.

 
Rentals

Kayaks and water bikes are available for rent from the Park Office and the North Side Nook. The Park Office also rents barbecues at the picnic shelters and extension cords and life jackets are available for loan with a deposit. Canoes for use on the canoe routes for three days or more may also be rented. Short term canoe rentals, complete with delivery, are available at the privately operated Rushing River General Store, less than one kilometre south of the park entrance.

Campsites #400 and #401 come ready to go with modern tent trailers. The trailers are equipped with electricity, propane and a small fridge and stove. Guests are responsible for their own dishes and bedding. Rent one of these trailers for six nights and the seventh night is free! Please contact the park directly for more information.

 
Park Store

Firewood, kindling and souvenirs are sold at the Park Office. The North Side Nook sells firewood, kindling, hot and cold beverages and everyone’s favourite cinnamon buns. Basic groceries and camping supplies are available from the Rushing River General Store, less than one kilometre from the park.

 
Picnic Shelter

Two picnic shelters are situated beside the rapids which divide the park. The North Side picnic shelter can be reserved through the Park Office.

 
Visitor Centre

The park museum provides interpretive displays and serves as the headquarters for the park’s natural heritage education programs. Drop by with questions and make sure to check out the program schedules.

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.


Rushing River Provincial Park

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