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Silver Lake

Silver Lake Provincial Park - main photo of the park

What you'll like:

  • Located on a picturesque lake that offers great swimming, canoeing, boating, and fishing
  • Park your vehicle and enjoy all the park amenities within easy walking distance, great for young families with a good playground
  • Clean facilities and friendly staff are our top priority
  • Easy access from major Ontario city centres for those weekend getaways
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 147
  • Electrical Campsites - 27


Silver Lake Park has three campgrounds; Dawson, Wesley and Algonquin. Campsites on these loops can accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers.  Several campsites in Dawson and Wesley Campgrounds offer electrical hook-up.  Amenities such as water taps, comfort station, and vault toilets are close by.  Swimming, canoeing and hiking are all within a short walking or driving distance of your campsite.


Car Camping

Silver Lake has over 100 treed campsites; some sites have electrical service and one is barrier-free. Large trailers can be accommodated in the Wesley Campground. A barrier-free comfort station with showers and drinking water are among the amenities provided for your convenience.

Most campsites have vehicle access. A few sites do not have vehicle access however a designated parking area is just a short walk away.

Highlights of Things to Do

Silver Lake Provincial Park, near Perth, is a long, narrow trough of water carved out by glaciers. While its long sandy beach is the big attraction, a marsh at the eastern end of the lake is another. A boardwalk crosses the marsh through the noisy, colourful habitat of Painted Turtles, bullfrogs, Red-winged Blackbirds and mallards. Grab your morning newspaper and relax, take the kids to the beach to enjoy great swimming or rent a canoe from the park.

Just the Facts

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.

Marsh Trail - 0.5 km return, 30 minutes, easy
Along a boardwalk, cross the marsh at the eastern end of Silver Lake to higher ground, where you will see a transition between wetland and upland forest. This zone is rich in flora and fauna.


Silver Lake is a picturesque lake for paddling, providing explorers with the opportunity to enjoy the surroundings. Canoe rentals are available at the park.


The wide crescent of sandy beach is Silver Lake’s main attraction. A smaller sandy beach is located near the picnic shelter.


At 9 km long, Silver Lake is large enough to accommodate all types of boats: motorboats, sailboats, paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. A boat ramp is located next to the large beach. Canoe rentals are available at the park.


Anglers of all ages and abilities will find Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Yellow Perch and sunfish at Silver Lake.


There no dedicated bicycle trails at Silver Lake however bicycles are permitted on campground roads.


Look and listen for the Eastern Kingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, mallards, American Bitterns, Common Loons and Great Blue Herons.


When you visit Silver Lake you can leaver your vehicle and enjoy all the park amenities within easy walking distance of each other; great for young families or for those who are interested in a greener environment.

Just the Facts

Comfort Station(s)

A comfort station is located centrally in the park and provides flush toilets, showers and sinks.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located at the comfort station.

Barrier Free Access

One campsite in the Dawson Campground and the comfort station offer barrier-free access.

Day Use Area

Come and enjoy the day with us and bring along a picnic basket with your family and friends.  The day-use area is located on a small peninsula that juts into Silver Lake.  It has its own sandy beach and picnic tables are provided.  Change rooms and washroom are located nearby. A playground with climbing equipment and swings is located in the day-use area of the park.

Boat Launch

Silver Lake has one boat launch, located at the end of the main park road.


For those who want to explore Silver Lake further, canoes are available for rent on a daily basis. Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available for loan with a $25 refundable deposit. The park has tents for rent upon request. Please contact the park office for further details.

Park Store

Ice, firewood, worms, and park souvenirs are available at the park store located in the Park Office. For other supplies, visit the nearby village of Sharbot Lake or the town of Perth.

Picnic Shelter

Silver Lake has one picnic shelter which may be rented on a daily basis for those family or friends gathering to celebrate events. When the shelter is not reserved, it is available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the park if you wish to reserve the shelter.

Park Location

Park features on this map are representative only and may not accurately depict regulated park boundaries. For official map representation of provincial parks, visit Ontario's Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban


There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water


There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting


There is no beach posting at this time.

Silver Lake Provincial Park

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