The Massasauga

Birding

White-tailed deer, moose, black bears and wolves are commonly spotted in the park. Chipmunks, raccoons, birds, hybrid toads and five-linked skinks appear around the campsites. This area is also home to the poisonous, but rarely seen, Massasauga Rattlesnake.

Boating

The Massasauga is best explored by boat. Sailing, sea kayaking and motorboating are popular, but only experienced boaters with proper navigational charts should rely on motorized travel. Motorized travel is not permitted on inland lakes.

Canoeing

Canoe rentals available for campers, reservations are recommended.

Fishing

The Massasauga boasts a first-class fishery of muskie and bass. Pike and panfish are also very common. Please refer to fishing regulations for seasons.

Hiking

Baker Trail 5.5 km, (3 hours), moderate-difficult
This self-guided interpretive trail starts at Calhoun Lodge and leads to the Baker pioneer homestead. Side trails branch to the shore, ideal for picnicking. Don’t forget to wear proper hiking footwear and bug repellent.

Moon Island Trail – This is a 4 km self-guided trail of moderate difficulty that can be accessed from the Wood’s Bay Day-Use site. The trail traverses various terrain and forest types with impressive lookouts onto Georgian Bay. There are excellent opportunities to view waterfowl, a heron rookery and beaver pond. Along the trail you can see signs of wildlife including moose, deer, bear, and grouse.

Wreck Island Trail 1.5 km, (1 hour), moderate (self-guided)
Nine interpretive stops explain the geology along this trail. Those who find the trail too rugged, can opt for a shorter loop of about 800 m.

Hunting

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local Ministry of Natural Resources office.

Swimming

Small, sandy beaches interrupt a rocky shore next to water that is crystal clear and sometimes deep. Islands in the park offer many swimming spots. There are no buoyed areas or change facilities.