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Matawatchan

Operating Dates Legend

On Monday May 11, 520 provincial parks (non-operating) and conservation reserves across the province will open, and the remaining 115 (operating parks) will open on the following Friday, May 15 for limited day-use activities. For lists and locations of operating, non-operating parks and conservation reserves visit the park locator.

Facilities and Activities summary

Before you visit: check what facilities/activities are available and pack what you need (e.g. water, snacks hand sanitizer).
When you visit: practice social distancing, avoid large groups and help keep our parks pristine by using garbage bins or taking trash home.

Facilities

All Terrain Wheelchairs Amphitheatres Art Galleries Backcountry Access Points Boat Launches Campsites (Backcountry) Campsites (Car Camping) Campsites (Dog Free) Campsites (Electrical) Campsites (Group) Campsites (Radio Free) Campsites (RV Pullthrough) Campsites (Seasonal Campsite Rental) Campsites (Total) Campsites (Walk In) Comfort Stations Docks Dog Beaches Fish Cleaning Buildings Food Concessions Group BBQ's Historic Buildings Laundromat Museums (Logging etc.) Pet Exercise Areas Picnic Shelters Playgrounds Pools Rentals - Bike Rentals - Canoe Rentals - Kayak Rentals - Paddleboat Rentals - Stand Up Paddleboard Roofed Accommodation Showers Toilets (Interior Earth Pit) Toilets (Vault Privies) Trailer Dump / Fill Stations Visitor Centres Warm Up Shelters Wifi (Public)

Activities

Biking Biking - (Mountain Bike) Birding - Festivals Boating Boating - Motorboat Restrictions Camping - Backcountry Camping - Car Camping - Dog Free Camping - Group Camping - Radio Free Camping - Seasonal Campsite Rental Camping - Walk In Camping - Winter (includes Roofed) Canoeing Day Use Only Disc Golf Dogsledding Fishing Golf Hiking Hiking - Overnight Trails Horseback Riding Hunting Ice Skating Kite Boarding Rock Climbing Skiing - Cross Country Snowmobiling Snowshoeing Swimming Tobogganing Whitewater Paddling
Icon Colours
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 :

Matawatchan Provincial Nature Reserve, on the southern portion of the Canadian Shield, features ancient sedimentary rocks that have been changed, or metamorphosed, by pressures from deep within the Earth’s crust. These Precambrian rocks include biotite gneiss, quartzite, marble and granite. The nature reserve lies in a forest region noted for its deciduous-evergreen transition. The reserve is dominated by forests of sugar maple, hemlock, yellow birch and beech. A small valley within the reserve supports large American elm and red maple, and red spruce which approaches its western range limit here. Lowland forests include white cedar and balsam fir, meadows, marshes and thickets. The marble outcrops in the reserve are of special botanical interest as they support walking fern as well as several other calcium-loving plants.

Location: In the Madawaska Valley about 75 kilometres south of Pembroke.

Park Facilities: There are no visitor facilities. The unauthorized collection of rocks, plants or other natural objects is prohibited. Anyone wishing to conduct research here must obtain an approved research application.

General Information
Phone:
613-336-2228 ex. 225
Size: 64.75 ha
Year established: 1968
Park Classification: Nature Reserve
Address:
16151 Hwy. 41
Cloyne
K0H 1K0

Tread Lightly. Nature Reserve