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Silent Lake

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What you'll like:

  • Over 19 km of hiking trails and mountain biking trails
  • Beautiful lookout point over Silent Lake
  • No motor boats or electric motors are permitted on Silent Lake
  • Two sandy beaches
  • Some campsites are walk-in for camping enthusiasts
  • More than 40 km of groomed winter cross-country ski trails
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 157
  • Electrical Campsites - 41
  • Yurts - 10

Camping

Silent Lake offers a variety of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors. Car camping is offered in two campgrounds. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment. All of the campsites at Silent Lake are in a well treed area and many are very private.

For those looking for a bit more comfort Silent Lake offers yurts. And for those looking for a bit more adventure their are walk-in campsites available.


 

Car Camping

Silent Lake’s two campgrounds, Pincer Bay and Shady Ridge, are located in forested settings. Both campgrounds can accommodate camping equipment ranging from a tent to a large trailer.

Granite Ridge Campground offers a small number of electrical campsites. These sites are reservable and fill up quickly.

For those who want to camp with friends or extended family, Silent Lake has a number of double campsites. Two campsites share one driveway and one firepit. These double campsites can occupy up to twelve people and must be reserved together.

 

Walk-in Camping

Silent Lake offers a semi-wilderness experience with walk-in campsites. Silent Lake has two loops of walk-in sites in the Pincer Bay Campground (Sites #66-73 and #74–88) as well as one loop of non-reservable walk-ins in Granite Ridge Campground (Sites #156-167). For all walk-in sites, campers park their vehicles in the designated walk-in parking lots and walk their gear a short distance in to the campsite.  The walk to your site will be no longer than 500 m.

Yurts

Number of Yurts at Park: 10
Site Number(s): 5, 9, 16, 20, 25, 38, 44, 99, 103, 106

For those who want to enjoy the park experience but need a little bit more comfort or for those dedicated park visitors who want to experience winter at the park, Silent Lake has ten yurts.

Sleeps:
Maximum 6 people

Amenities

Interior - two bunk beds, small table and chairs, broom and dust pan. Exterior - propane BBQ, firepit & picnic table.

What to Bring

bedding, cookware, dishes, lighting (flashlights/lanterns), drinking water container, dishpan and container for waste water from dish washing, matches, food, drinking water.

Additional items recommended for winter: appropriate cold weather gear for winter, snowshoes, cross country skis, sled for carrying supplies and addtional food supplies in case of inclement weather and road closures.

Visiting in Winter

In the winter, yurt rentals include drinking water and wash water. Comfort stations are not operated during the winter therefore there are no showers or flush toilets available. Parking is available a short distance from each yurt (approx. 500m).

Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

Additional information
Yurt Services Comparison
Site # Electricity Woodstove Open in Winter Firewood included in Winter
5 No No No N/A
9 No Yes Yes Yes
16 No Yes Yes Yes
20 No No No N/A
25 No No No N/A
38 No Yes Yes Yes
44 No No No N/A
99 Yes No Yes No
103 Yes No Yes No
106 Yes No Yes No
How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Highlights of Things to Do

Silent Lake offers a variety of activities for our visitors including over 19 km of hiking trails and over 40 km of mountain biking trails. Visitors can canoe on our pristine, quiet, motorboat free lake, or pack a picnic and spend the day at one of the two sandy beaches. And for the angler, you can try your luck at fishing for Lake Trout and Large and Smallmouth Bass. During the winter, Silent Lake offers groomed cross- country ski trails, a 3 km snowshoe trail and ice-fishing.


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.

Whether you are an ardent hiker, a nature lover, or just out for a family stroll, you’ll find a hiking trail at Silent Lake that suits you. Each of the three trails has the same underlying qualities – the tranquility and solitude of the natural environment. Each one will expand your wilderness experience at Silent Lake and introduce you to the ecology and history of the park area.

Lakehead Loop Trail - 1.5 km, 30 minutes round trip, easy
This short trail is designed for those who wish to stretch their legs by taking a leisurely walk in natural and peaceful surroundings. It follows the lakeshore through a low lying area of cedar and Black Ash. The trail then makes its way to higher ground through strands of hemlock, Sugar Maple and Red Oak.

Bonnie’s Pond Trail - 3km, 1.25 hours round trip, easy
This trail is perfect for the nature lover or explorer. It winds through mature beech trees, and passes a large beaver pond, pine and hemlock forests to a breathtaking lookout.


Lakeshore Hiking Trail - 15 km, 6 hours round trip, moderate to difficult
This is a wilderness trail designed for the more experienced hiker. It is rugged, challenging and very rewarding. A supply of water is highly recommended. Sharing the same beginning segment of the Lakehead Loop trail, the Lakeshore Trail roughly follows the undeveloped shoreline of Silent Lake. Along the way you will pass through beaver meadows, hardwood forests, and cedar-black ash swamps. The spectacular lookout points will be the highlight of your hike.

 
Canoeing

While you are visiting the park, you should take a quiet, relaxing paddle across Silent Lake. The lake is approximately 2.5 km in length and is motor-free (gas and electric). The adjoining lakes (Quiet Lake and Soft Lake) can sometimes be accessed (depending on water levels) by completing a short portage that is not maintained by park staff. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park, daily during the summer season and on weekends in the spring and fall.

A canoe launch is located at the Pincer Bay Canoe Hut and Dock.

 
Swimming

Visitors to Silent Lake can enjoy swimming at its two sandy beaches. The largest beach is located at the day-use area and includes a large grassy area for enjoying a picnic with your family and friends. The other beach is located in Pincer Bay campground.

 
Fishing

Maybe you would like to try your luck at fishing! Silent Lake offers Lake Trout and Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. A sport fishing license is required for all anglers 18 years of age up to and including 64 and a slot limit of 50-65 cm is in place.

 
Biking

One special amenity at Silent Lake is the mountain bike trail. The trail can be accessed from two locations: the day-use area or Bonnie’s Pond Trail parking area. The trail offers three loops; 6, 12 and 19 km in length. The 6 km and 12 km loops are moderately difficult, while the 19 km loop is considered more challenging. The trail is well marked. Caution should be taken as the trail crosses and follows the park road in two locations. The trails have muddy portions during the spring to mid-June season, however this just adds to the adventure.

 
Winter Activities

See another side of Silent Lake during the winter season. The park offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Those wanting to stay overnight can try one of the park’s six winter yurts.

More than 40 km of cross-country trails wind their way through hardwoods, cedar swamps, groves of White Birch and beech stands. The terrain is rugged, but ideal for family skiing. All four connecting loops start and finish at the day-use parking lot and are colour coded for easy recognition.

Green Loop - 2.5 km, designed for novice skiers

Red Loop - 6 km, designed for novice skiers but slightly more challenging than the Green Loop

Yellow Loop - 13 km, designed for skiers who have mastered the basic skiing techniques

Blue Loop - 19 km, designed for the more experienced skier and who is in good physical condition.

Bonnie’s Pond Hiking Trail is converted into a 3 km snowshoe trail during the winter season.

Ice fishing for Lake Trout is permitted on Silent Lake during the winter season however gas–powered ice augers are not permitted. All anglers must use a hand-held ice auger. A slot limit of 50-65 cm is in place.

Amenities

Silent Lake offers amenities including flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities, canoe/kayak rentals and a large day-use area for picnics and fun with the family. The Park Store located in our gatehouse is where you can purchase firewood, ice, park merchandise or a coffee to jump start your day!

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Silent Lake has two comfort stations; one in each campground. Each comfort station includes flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities and soft drink vending machines.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located at the comfort stations in Pincer Bay and Granite Ridge Campgrounds as well as the mini-comfort station (located in Pincer Bay Campground walk-in sites parking lot).

 
Day Use Area

The day-use area at Silent Lake offers a large grassy area for family and friends to enjoy a picnic while enjoying the view of Silent Lake.  It has its own sandy beach and swimming platform.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are located at both the Pincer Bay and Granite Ridge comfort stations.

 
Rentals

Canoe and kayak rentals are available daily during the summer from the canoe hut at Pincer Bay Campground. In spring and fall, canoe and kayak rentals are only available on weekends from the gatehouse.

 
Park Store

Located in the gatehouse, the Silent Lake park store offers Ontario Parks’ clothing and souvenirs, coffee, firewood and ice.

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

Yes

Boil Water Advisory: Drinking Water is unacceptable for drinking at this time. In the meantime users are advised to boil water for one minute before using for drinking, food preparation and dental care.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

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