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Wakami Lake

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What you'll like:

  • Great fishing and camping experience
  • Boreal forest with remnant old growth White Pine
  • Historic logging exhibit
  • Boreal forest hiking trails
  • Wakami Lake canoeing and kayaking
  • Wildlife viewing
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 59
  • Backcountry Campsites - 20

Camping

Wakami Lake offers two different camping experiences to visitors: campground and backcountry.


 

Car Camping

Wakami Lake offers four campgrounds; Birch Hill, Pine Grove, Maple Ridge and Brown’s Bay encompassing 59 campsites many of which provide spectacular waterfront views. Amenities include water taps, vault privies, docks, boat trailer security hitches and fish cleaning stations, all conveniently situated nearby.

 

Backcountry Camping

The Height of Land Trail (Note* – currently this trail is closed for maintenance*)
This rugged, secluded trail is one of the longest in Ontario at 75 km (one way). It travels along the beautiful shoreline of Wakami Lake and takes you through the northern range of the Great Lakes-St Lawrence forest where you see rare islands of southern tree species, like the mighty White Pine, amidst the emerging boreal forest. You will also pass fragile bogs, remnant logging communities and spectacular look-outs.

The trail is situated on this height of land, which divides the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean watersheds. There are 20 lakeshore campsites located throughout the interior which can be accessed by canoe or hiking trail. Start at the trailhead in Brown’s Bay Campground and walk the trail to the water crossing at the top of Wakami Lake.

At this point you, if you like a challenge you can walk back to the campground (resulting in a 120 km hike) or you can arrange for a canoe, paddles, lifejacket and safety equipment to be waiting for you at the water crossing. You can then end your trip with a leisurely paddle back to the campground or simply cross the lake and finish the remaining portion of the trail (approx 15 km).

Wakami Lake

Wakami Lake runs north to south for 15 km, with many kilometers of interesting shoreline to explore. Wildlife viewing, bird watching and fishing are some of the opportunities paddlers can take advantage of. Day tripping from the campground by canoe or kayak is rewarding, but backcountry campsites are also available around the remote sections of Wakami Lake shoreline. Check with the park for locations.

Highlights of Things to Do

Sport fishing is by far the most popular activity in Wakami Park. But campground visitors enjoy fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and self-guided walks. Be sure to take the self-guided tour of the amazing historic logging exhibit and stop by the Visitor Centre that interprets the rich history and natural heritage of the area.Perhaps you’ll learn the history of logging in the area - your opportunities are endless. Enjoy a chance to see the wildlife native to the vast boreal forest.

The more adventurous recreationists explore the park’s interior ,tackling the challenges of the Height of Land Hiking Trail or the Wakami 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.

Beaver Meadow Discovery Trail – 2.4 km into the boreal forest (Easy)

Here you can discover how the industrious beaver has altered the landscape while you take in various wildflowers, birds and wildlife.

Transitional Forest Trail – 2.5 km with optional 5 km loop through a transitional forest (Moderate)

This trail takes you through a forest with a split personality. Here the Red Pine, White Pine, Sugar Maple and Yellow Birch are near the northern limit of their range. They are the common species of the Great Lakes, but here in and around Wakami Lake, there is a transition into the boreal forest where trees such as Black Spruce, Balsam Fir and Jack Pine become the dominant species.

Hidden Bog Trail – take a leisurely stroll into an ecologically fragile area.

Here you can discover strange plants like the pitcher plant and sundew which are scattered across the forest floor leading to a quaking bog. A bog can be a tough place to survive, and some plants add insects to their diet to make ends meet. Please remain on the trail so as not to disturb this fragile community.

Historical Logging Exhibit – 1 km self-guided trail. (Easy)

Here you can discover the history of logging in the Wakami area from the 1920s to the 1940s, when horses were slowly being replaced by machines. This is demonstrated with restored logging equipment; various log buildings on display and a variety of interpretive panels along the route.

 
Canoeing

Canoe or kayak on Wakami Lake, a scenic 15 km-long lake surrounded by hills of boreal forest.

 
Swimming

Spend a leisurely picnic day with family or friends while enjoying a swim or just admire the picturesque view from our day-use beach. Please note that no lifeguards are posted at the beach.

 
Boating

Motorboats are permitted on Wakami Lake, however are not be permitted on Imakaw Lake. Motors on Efby Lake continue to be restricted to under 10 hp.

 
Fishing

Fish species in Wakami Lake include Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Whitefish, Yellow Perch and White Sucker. Imakaw Lake has been stocked Brook Trout.

 
Biking

Keep it green and bring your bicycle for getting around on our park roadways or perhaps a bicycle hike of the entire area is of interest to you.

 
Birding

Over 100 nesting species of birds have been recorded. The Three-toed Woodpecker is considered provincially significant. The Solitary Sandpiper, Brewer’s Blackbird and Pine Grosbeak are considered regionally significant. Many other forest songbirds, such as warblers, nest in the boreal forest and make Wakami their home.

Amenities

Enjoy bragging rights for the best catch of the day among the many novice and experienced anglers around one of our fish cleaning stations.

Paddle in a canoe or kayak and enjoy the peace and solitude as you take in the panoramic scenery and serenity that surrounds you.

Stop and shop at the park store for your rental needs, a souvenir for someone back home, park merchandise or a variety of camper supplies.

Just the Facts

 
Barrier Free Access

Barrier-free access is available in Birch Hill Campground.

 
Day Use Area

The day-use beach provides a safe swimming area and shady areas with picnic tables, water taps and vault privy. Please note that there are no lifeguards posted on the beach.

 
Boat Launch

The boat launch is conveniently located between Maple Ridge and Brown’s Bay Campgrounds.

 
Rentals

Canoes or kayaks can be rented from the park store. There are also personal floatation devices, paddles and safety equipment available. For your added convenience there are dock spaces for rent close to your campsite.

Note: Trailer Storage is available.
If you are planning a return trip and wish to leave your trailer behind for easy convenience, we provide a safe and secure area for storage. Fees and arrangements can be made at the park store.

 
Park Store

The gatehouse and store are found in one convenient location. The store provides you with rentals, souvenirs, a variety of park merchandise and some camper supplies.

Groceries, gasoline and many camping supplies are available in the town of Sultan, 10 km east on Highway 667, as well as at Wakami Store and Outfitters, 8 km west on Hwy 667. There are also complete services available in the Town of Chapleau, approximately 40 minutes west of the park.

 
French Language Services

Bilingual (French) services are available.

 
Visitor Centre

The park Visitor Centre is located adjacent to the park office.

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 is in effect.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Wakami Lake Provincial Park

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