Wakami Lake Provincial Park

Wakami Lake Provincial Park, Sudbury: Address, Phone Number, Wakami Lake Provincial Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Wakami Lake Provincial Park

Wakami Lake Provincial Park
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101amt
By 101amt
Wakami Lake: A Comprehensive Review
Aug. 2020
I've been too many of the Provincial Parks and this one is my new favourite. That being said I have some tips and highlights below to help you with your trip planning and fishing/camping trip. CELL PHONES This park is in Northern Ontario (over 3 hours from Sudbury and 50 mins from Chapleau). That being said you WILL lose cell phone service sometime after leaving Sudbury. Make sure you have directions downloaded offline or well beforehand. GASOLINE Make sure you have a full jerry can or two. We almost ran out of gas, last filling up in Sudbury but this has more to do with the route google took us on (more below). If you are on a fishing trip like we were make sure you have extra gas for your boat. If you go the other route through Chapleau make sure you get gas there as this is the last gas station ( live bait and grocery shopping) before the park. LOGGING ROAD or PAVED ROAD? There are two ways to get to the park: Highways 129 to the 667 or the Sultan Industrial Road which is a gravel logging road. If you are towing, I highly recommend taking the paved way (129 to 667). We had a 14 ft boat and took Sultan Industrial Road because it was shorter and more convenient after driving 10 hrs...BIG MISTAKE! Google will take you on and off this road going down washed-out roads and trying to direct you down trails that are many years overgrown. If you decide to go this route stay on Sultan Industrial Road and ride it 80 km straight through to Sultan. PARK STAFF The park staff and wardens we some of the friendliest that I've come across in my Provincial Park travel. My friends and I all arrived after check-in and we couldn't call in for reservations because we had no service. We told them and it wasn't an issue. BOATING If you are fishing and have a boat this is the place you want to be. The boat launch and fish cleaning station are located in the Brown's Bay Campground. There is also a shallow beachfront and dock that you are allowed to tie your boat to free of charge. The beach is shallow enough to beach your boat, and the park staff don't mind. Boating is an experience of its own since the only people on the lake are the ones in the park (it presents the feeling of a private lake). I encourage you to get on the water and kill your engine you will hear absolute silence! CAMPGROUND We stayed in the Brown's Bay Campground. Most of the sites here have some kind of waterview(although you may be looking through other sites). My favourite aspect of this park was the crowd that it attracts. Here you will find nature lovers, fisherman, and retirees. You will find no partiers in this park which made it a truly relaxing experience. FISHING Arguably the main reason why people come here is for fishing and it is some of the BEST! We launched at different times throughout our stay and it seems that no matter what time of day it was the fish were biting. The lake has a large population of pike and they are all full of energy and will give you a bullfight. Caught these at approximately 5:1 ratio to everything else and be prepared to lose some lures. We caught pike with the Matzuo Jointed Tournament Crank in Purpledescent, Rapala Minnow Rap in Bleeding Ghost, and Berkley Flicker Minnow in Prime Time. For walleye, we were trolling into the current around 1.5-2.5mph. Although the weather was warm and the lake is 30 ft deep the walleye we hanging out at a 10-15 ft depth. Caught walleye with the Matzuo Jointed Tournament Crank in Purpledescent. We also caught one largemouth bass, but they don't seem to be too present here. ANIMALS There are plenty of animals here. Our friends caught a video of cougars in the park, so do not leave your garbage out!! At night you will be serenaded by the loons and many duck species here, as well as the wolves across the lake. We also saw foxes, moose, black bear cubs (just outside of the park) sandhill cranes, herons, chipmunks, many caterpillar and butterfly species. CONCLUSION Thumbs up to one of the best fishing and camping experiences of any of the provincial parks to date. If this park isn't on your radar you should consider.

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101amt
Niagara Falls, Canada332 contributions
Wakami Lake: A Comprehensive Review
Aug. 2020
I've been too many of the Provincial Parks and this one is my new favourite. That being said I have some tips and highlights below to help you with your trip planning and fishing/camping trip.

CELL PHONES

This park is in Northern Ontario (over 3 hours from Sudbury and 50 mins from Chapleau). That being said you WILL lose cell phone service sometime after leaving Sudbury. Make sure you have directions downloaded offline or well beforehand.

GASOLINE

Make sure you have a full jerry can or two. We almost ran out of gas, last filling up in Sudbury but this has more to do with the route google took us on (more below). If you are on a fishing trip like we were make sure you have extra gas for your boat.

If you go the other route through Chapleau make sure you get gas there as this is the last gas station ( live bait and grocery shopping) before the park.

LOGGING ROAD or PAVED ROAD?

There are two ways to get to the park: Highways 129 to the 667 or the Sultan Industrial Road which is a gravel logging road.

If you are towing, I highly recommend taking the paved way (129 to 667). We had a 14 ft boat and took Sultan Industrial Road because it was shorter and more convenient after driving 10 hrs...BIG MISTAKE!

Google will take you on and off this road going down washed-out roads and trying to direct you down trails that are many years overgrown. If you decide to go this route stay on Sultan Industrial Road and ride it 80 km straight through to Sultan.

PARK STAFF

The park staff and wardens we some of the friendliest that I've come across in my Provincial Park travel. My friends and I all arrived after check-in and we couldn't call in for reservations because we had no service. We told them and it wasn't an issue.

BOATING

If you are fishing and have a boat this is the place you want to be. The boat launch and fish cleaning station are located in the Brown's Bay Campground. There is also a shallow beachfront and dock that you are allowed to tie your boat to free of charge. The beach is shallow enough to beach your boat, and the park staff don't mind.

Boating is an experience of its own since the only people on the lake are the ones in the park (it presents the feeling of a private lake). I encourage you to get on the water and kill your engine you will hear absolute silence!

CAMPGROUND

We stayed in the Brown's Bay Campground. Most of the sites here have some kind of waterview(although you may be looking through other sites).

My favourite aspect of this park was the crowd that it attracts. Here you will find nature lovers, fisherman, and retirees. You will find no partiers in this park which made it a truly relaxing experience.

FISHING

Arguably the main reason why people come here is for fishing and it is some of the BEST! We launched at different times throughout our stay and it seems that no matter what time of day it was the fish were biting.

The lake has a large population of pike and they are all full of energy and will give you a bullfight. Caught these at approximately 5:1 ratio to everything else and be prepared to lose some lures. We caught pike with the Matzuo Jointed Tournament Crank in Purpledescent, Rapala Minnow Rap in Bleeding Ghost, and Berkley Flicker Minnow in Prime Time.

For walleye, we were trolling into the current around 1.5-2.5mph. Although the weather was warm and the lake is 30 ft deep the walleye we hanging out at a 10-15 ft depth. Caught walleye with the Matzuo Jointed Tournament Crank in Purpledescent.

We also caught one largemouth bass, but they don't seem to be too present here.

ANIMALS

There are plenty of animals here. Our friends caught a video of cougars in the park, so do not leave your garbage out!! At night you will be serenaded by the loons and many duck species here, as well as the wolves across the lake. We also saw foxes, moose, black bear cubs (just outside of the park) sandhill cranes, herons, chipmunks, many caterpillar and butterfly species.

CONCLUSION

Thumbs up to one of the best fishing and camping experiences of any of the provincial parks to date. If this park isn't on your radar you should consider.
Written August 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kah9607
Alliston, Canada282 contributions
Off the Beaten Path
Aug. 2018 • Friends
Bucket List: Visit every Provincial Park in Ontario. To be fair we did not spend much time here. Stopped and had lunch here then waited for the store to open so I could purchase a Wakami Wailers CD. There is lots of logging history here which the Wakami Wailers sing about. I had seen the songs performed while working in Algonquin Provincial Park in the early 90's and always wanted to visit the park. We drove around and checked out the day use beach area. Honestly I did not want to swim in it. So for me the park was average but I gave it a very good because I think they are almost all very good to excellent, just depends are what you are going there for.
Written November 28, 2018
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