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White Lake

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What you'll like:

  • White Lake, a 6,500 hectare lake, is one of the largest lakes on the Lake Superior Circle Route
  • Very good fishing for Walleye and Northern Pike
  • Great place to swim, with warm waters and sandy beaches
  • Interpretive programs featuring the natural/cultural heritage of the area
  • Three nature trails to explore the boreal forest
  • Close to White River, the home of Winnie the Pooh’s Hometown Festival
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 187
  • Electrical Campsites - 60
  • Group Campsites - 1

Camping

White Lake offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors.  Car camping is offered in three campgrounds.  Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment.  Both electrical and non-electrical sites are available.

White Lake also has a group camping area and a seasonal campsite leasing program.


 

Group Camping

One group site is available and can accommodate 50-60 people. Though isolated, the site has vault toilets and water taps on site and is a five minute drive to the comfort station. The site has its own beach is adjacent to the amphitheatre, Deer Lake nature trail and Deer Lake. The site is open to both adult and youth groups; though youth groups have priority over adult groups. Reservations are taken during the regular season by calling (807) 822-2447

Highlights of Things to Do

White Lake is one of the largest lakes in the area and is known for its excellent Walleye fishing.
White Lake has many opportunities for other recreational activities such as water skiing, boating, canoeing and kayaking, or hiking one of our three trails.

If you prefer a more relaxed environment just head to the main beach to swim or wade in our warm, shallow waters, build a sand castle or just sit back and watch the day unfold.

The park’s Natural Heritage Education programs include children’s interactive programs, evening programs and special events, and provide park visitors with opportunities to discover the park’s rich history such as Voyageurs, log drives on the White River and boreal forest wildlife.


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.

Deer Lake Trail: 2.5 km (1-1.5 hours) with a shorter 1.5km loop, easy.
Take this self-guided trail to birdwatch, enjoy the sunset and see nature’s greatest engineer, the beaver, at work. The Deer Lake Trail provides ample opportunities for viewing birds and wetland wildlife as it winds through the boreal forest skirting the shores of Deer Lake and a beaver marsh. Located near the Deer Lake trailhead is a viewing platform which is great place to view a sunset, cast a line or just watch nature at its best.

Tiny Bog: 4.5 km (2-2.5 hours), moderate
The trail loops around two large beaver ponds and then climbs a sandy ridge of Jack Pines before arriving at the bog. A boardwalk crosses the bog where insect-eating plants such as Sundew and Pitcher Plant grow in a carpet of floating Sphagnum Moss. You’ll find a viewing platform at the bog and benches along the trail.

Clearwater Lake Trail: 2 km return, linear trail, easy
This trail leads through a pine forest to the spring-fed Clearwater Lake. Go for a swim, sit back and relax or explore this quiet lake by canoe.

Fitness Trail: 500 m
Eight exercise stations make this campground trail ideal for a quick workout. It is also a great place to go for an evening stroll after dinner.

 
Canoeing

Park visitors can paddle and explore the bays and marshes of White Lake or enjoy a leisurely paddle on Deer Lake or Clearwater Lakes located within the park boundary. There are some short overnight canoe trips in the local area. Canoes are available for rent at the park.

Attention : The White River canoe route will be closed for paddling from the current White River dam located approximately 8 kms. downstream of White Lake Provincial Park to the junction of the Oskabukuta River. The temporary closure of this section of the river is due to the construction of two hydro – electric projects beginning early March 2014 and with the completion date set for May / June 2015.

For more information please contact:  White Lake Provincial Park – 807 822 2447

Pukaskwa National Park – http://www.pc.gc.ca/pukaskwa, 807 229 0801, or e-mail at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

 
Swimming

There are two beaches for swimming. The main beach is located in the day-use area and the second beach is located in Sundew Campground. Both beaches are marked with swimming area buoys and have gradual drop-offs. The day-use beach is approximately 200 m of fine sand. With warm, shallow waters it is ideal for family swimming and water sports. Please note there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted in the swimming area. Alcohol is prohibited in the day-use area.

 
Boating

White Lake is a very large lake and motorboats are an ideal way to explore it. The lake is nearly 20 km (7- 10 miles) long. The many bays at the north end of the lake are an ideal location to fish, especially if you have a large boat. The south end is narrower and suitable for smaller boats, water skiing and canoeing. Power boats are not allowed on Deer Lake or Clearwater Lake.

 
Fishing

White Lake offers good fishing opportunities. The main species that attract anglers are Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Whitefish and Yellow Perch. Deer Lake also has small populations of Northern Pike and Walleye. Clearwater Lake is occasionally stocked with Brook Trout.


Special fishing regulations apply to White Lake: A catch limit of four Walleye with a split size of three fish under 46 cm (18.1”) and one fish over 46cm (18.1) has been implemented. Fish sanctuaries operate from March 15 to June 15. For additional information please refer to the Provincial Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary.

A fish cleaning station with power and lights, a cold beverage machine, paved boat launch (lit at night) and a dock for boat launching provides anglers with services to enhance their fishing opportunities.

 
Biking

Visitors can cycle on all the park roads. There are no designated bicycle trails but there are opportunities adjacent to the park. White Lake rents adult mountain bikes, (helmets are not provided). Note. Cycling is not allowed on any of the trails within the park.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Park naturalists offer guided hikes, guest speakers, audio-visual presentations and campfire programs throughout the summer. Learn all about the boreal forest, local logging history, the fur trade, First Nations and the rich cultural history of the area.

 
Birding

Spring migrants pass through the park, including warblers, thrushes, shorebirds, loons and kestrels. During the summer season many varieties of songbirds, ducks, Great Blue Herons, eagles, kingfishers and warblers can be found nesting in the park’s expanse of boreal forest.

 
Winter Activities

The park gate is closed, but visitors can ski or snowshoe at their leisure if they want to enjoy a winter wonderland.

Amenities

Enjoy camping on the shores of beautiful White Lake. The park offers a comfort station with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets, located in Moccasin Flower Campground.

Hike on Tiny Bog Trail to view insect-eating plants like Sundew and Pitcher Plant. View sunsets over Deer Lake from the viewing platform or just explore the inlets, bays and wetlands of White Lake by canoe or kayak. The lake can provide days of shoreline exploration.

The park also offers a wide range of equipment for rent.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

White Lake currently has one comfort station located in Moccasin Flower Campground. It has flush toilets, sinks, showers, laundry facilities (two washers, four dryers and laundry soap dispenser that are all coin operated). A cold beverage vending machine is also located here.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are available at the Moccasin Flower Campground comfort station.

 
Barrier Free Access

Barrier-free toilets and sinks are located in the Moccasin Flower Campground comfort station.

 
Day Use Area

White Lake’s large day-use area includes a modern playground, sandy beach, picnic tables, a volleyball area, small play field, canoes for rent and horseshoe pits.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are available at the Moccasin Flower Campground comfort station.

 
Boat Launch

There is a paved boat launch and a small dock for boat launching in the day-use area.

 
Rentals

The park rents canoes, adult mountain bikes, tents, fishing equipment, and trailer storage can be arranged.

 
Park Store

At the Gatehouse, you may rent canoes and bicycles or purchase Ontario Parks merchandise, firewood, ice, and cold beverages. A pay phone is conveniently located there as well.

Basic groceries, camping supplies, licences, bait and gas can be obtained within eight kilometres of the park.

 
French Language Services

Bilingual staff (French/English) are available to respond to questions.

 
Pet Exercise Area

Close to the campground, pets are allowed to swim at the boat launch in the day-use area. Another pet swimming area is located down the park road to Clearwater Lake, just past the Tiny Bog trailhead. This section of road is also the place to walk your pet off leash. Other than these areas, pets must be on a leash at all times. Please remember to always clean up after your pet.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Campground Map - pdf

Trail Maps (pdf)

Trails Map - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

Yes

White Lake has a boil water advisory for all water systems in the park. All sources of water available to the public have been posted. Avis de faire bouillir l’eau en vigueur aux terrains de camping suivants Woodlily, Moccasin Flower, et Sundew.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.


White Lake Provincial Park

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