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Lake Nipigon

Operating Dates Legend

Beginning June 1, backcountry camping and day-use will be permitted in non-operating provincial parks and conservation reserves where these activities are normally available. Party size must not exceed the limit set out under the emergency order in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Facilities and Activities summary

Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks, mask/face covering, and hand sanitizer). Postpone your visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate.

Please note winter activities are weather dependent, please check the Ontario Parks Ski Report or local weather forecasts for snow conditions.

When you visit: Continue to follow public health advice including practicing physical distancing by keeping at least two metres from others, wearing a face covering where required, when physical distancing may be a challenge or not possible and when entering indoor public spaces, and wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.


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Camping - Blue - available at the park. Check operating dates.
Camping - Grey - unavailable at this park.
Camping - Red - Temporarily Unavailable
Camping - Purple - Available at park, but restrictions apply. Check operating dates. Click icon for details.

What You'll Like:

Towering cliffs, unusual green-black sand beaches, and carpets of wildflowers are among the spectacular natural features found in this provincial park, situated on the southeastern shores of Lake Nipigon. About one billion years ago, molten rock called diabase oozed up through cracks in the earth’s crust. The diabase contained a dark green mineral called pyroxene. Broken down into fine granules and dispersed by the elements, much of the diabase eventually settled to the bottom of Lake Nipigon. Today, it continues to be washed ashore by wave action, forming the black sandy beaches for which the park is known. The highway leading to the park from the Town of Nipigon passes through some of the most stunning scenery in Northern Ontario.

Rugged diabase cliffs soar up to 170 metres along the highway which skirts the shores of Lake Helen, part of the Nipigon River system. The cliffs provide habitat for bald eagles and osprey. The double-crested cormorant nests on nearby islands in Lake Nipigon. Great blue herons and ruffed grouse are commonly seen in the park, along with snowshoe hare, beaver, fox, marten, lynx, deer, moose and black bears. Beginning around 1900, loggers cut down much of the original forest, though there are still untouched pockets of black spruce, red pine, jack pine, fir, poplar, cedar and moose maple. Aspen and birch dominate the new forest growth.

Park Facilities and Activities: There are no visitor facilities.

Location: Highway 11 skirts the park, which is 160 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.

General Information
(807) 977-2502
Size: 918.00 ha
Year established: 1960
Park Classification: Natural Environment
Park R.R. #1
Pass Lake
P0T 2M0