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Woodland Caribou

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What you'll like:

  • This wilderness park is a paddler’s paradise offering almost 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes on a myriad of rivers and lakes.
  • Enjoy solitude and commune with nature; Woodland Caribou sees fewer than 1,000 paddlers per season. This undisturbed boreal forest is home to one of the largest groups of woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay.
  • Two major river systems – the Gammon and Bloodvein flow through the park; Bloodvein River is designated as a Canadian Heritage River
  • Excellent fishing for walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout and areas with Smallmouth Bass and muskellunge
  • This area is valued by local First Nations people who call this home and who honour the area with stories and teachings. Pictographs (rock paintings) are located throughout the park and must be treated with respect
  • Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is a partner in the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project. Five First Nations and the Ontario and Manitoba governments are seeking World Heritage Site status for a linked network of protected areas. For more information visit www.pimachiowinaki.org

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Backcountry Campsites - 1500

Camping

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park offers a remote yet accessible canoeing and camping experience which will draw on your backcountry skills.

Woodland Caribou has four road access points near the town of Red Lake, on the east side of the park, that bring you to, or very close to the park. These access points include parking areas. In the west, there are two more road access points with parking areas located in Manitoba that bring you within a half to one day travel to the park..  Water access is associated with these road access points.


 

Backcountry Camping

Woodland Caribou has approximately 1,500 canoe-in campsites. These sites are remote and primitive. Fire rings may or may not be present.

Highlights of Things to Do

This northern wilderness “where nature still rules” is remote yet accessible. Canoe trippers and sport fishing enthusiasts can reach the park’s interior backcountry campsites and outpost camps by waterway or by air. Home to one of the largest groups of Woodland Caribou south of Hudson Bay, this weathered Arctic watershed promises ancient pictographs as part of its cultural landscape, howling wolves under starry skies, soaring eagles, solitude and adventure.

Woodland Caribou’s rugged yet beautiful boreal landscapes are inspiration to visitors with artistic flare for photography, painting and sketching and will surely motivate writers to create and share.


Just the Facts

 
Canoeing

Up to 2,000 km of maintained canoe routes over a myriad of connected waterways provide the opportunity to immerse yourself in the most natural setting and to challenge your skills and senses.

Please contact the park if you need assistance planning your canoe adventure.

 
Swimming

Woodland Caribou’s many secluded beaches and plenty of deep drop-offs from bedrock shorelines offer great swimming opportunities.

 
Boating

Powerboats are associated with the remote lodges and outpost camp areas and are primarily found in and along the Gammon and Bloodvein river systems. The rest of the park is almost solely traveled by canoe or kayak.

 
Fishing

Woodland Caribou is renowned for its fishing. The most sought after species are walleye, Northern Pike and Lake Trout. Smallmouth Bass are found in some northern lakes of the park and muskellunge are found in one lake in the southwest.

Many of the private outposts and lodges in the parks are dedicated to fishing.

 
Birding

Woodland Caribou is home to the bird species of the boreal forest. Keen birders will be able to check off many species on their life list that are common to the region. Visitors can observe Great Gray Owls that reside in the park, birds of pray such as bald eagles and various species of hawks, waterfowl and numerous nesting songbirds. Many more species are observed during their spring and fall migrations.

Park Amenities List

Amenities

Woodland Caribou is a wilderness park for visitors who want a natural experience. It has very few amenities. Full and partial outfitting services are available from canoe outfitters based in Red Lake.

Just the Facts

 
Park Store

A park store selling Woodland Caribou souvenirs is located at our office in Red Lake.
Red Lake is a full service community and will be able to fill all your needs.

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.

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Park Campsites - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.


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