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Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

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We parked at the Wolf Lake put-in, paddled about 4km to a 140m portage, then were on Crab Lake... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
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For a visitor without a canoe, there is not as much reason to visit Kawartha Highlands Provincial... read more

Reviewed October 16, 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Apsley, North Kawartha, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

The portage between Loucks and Compass has a very high beaver dam and then rocks, then was very shallow even with the recent rain. The portage between Compass and Stoplog is very steep and there are trees that need to be removed to make it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank kdt282
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

We parked at the Wolf Lake put-in, paddled about 4km to a 140m portage, then were on Crab Lake. Irregular shoreline, finger bays, rock outcrops and no power boats. Loved the silence and seclusion. Fishing was good too.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Barius
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

This is a gorgeous park with excellent backcountry camping opportunities. We just got back from 5 days on Stoplog Lake To get to our site we went Long > Loucks > Compass > Stoplog. The portage from Loucks to Compass was brutal. The water level...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

We were scheduled for a trip on the French river but we had to reschedule our trip last minute because of the bad fires up there. We did 3 days. We started at the Long lake access point and camped our first night on Loucks....More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Daxton V
Reviewed October 16, 2017

For a visitor without a canoe, there is not as much reason to visit Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, as there are no facilities set up for visitors in cars or on foot. We knew this about the park, but still as we drove by on...More

Date of experience: October 2017
10  Thank FirstCircle
Reviewed September 19, 2017

My husband has been backcountry camping for years, with friends and more recently our teenage son. He has wanted me to go for years, but I always thought of myself as more of a 5 star resort gal. Well, last year I decided to give...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Onedone
Reviewed July 23, 2017

Love this park and have visited many, many times but mostly day trips since we live in Peterborough, Ontario. This time we took our grandchildren and one of their friends to Bottle Lake. We chose site 107 because of the beach attributes. It was covered...More

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank Carol O
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

I grew up canoeing in this area and this is my first time back since it became a Provincial Park. It was also my 11 y.o. daughter's first canoe trip so we opted for the easy access of Sucker Lake. We had a great experience...More

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank north4608
Reviewed June 26, 2017

I have been back to Kawartha lakes several times and am never disappointed. It is a quick 2 hour drive from Toronto, sites are easy to book online (given that you do it well in advance) and the scenery is beautiful! I have launched from...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank Raza S
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Wonderful place to visit and do some backcountry camping. We visit several times a year as the lakes are so beautiful and depending on where you go you can feel very secluded and remote.

Date of experience: September 2016
4  Thank Nick P
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Susan D
September 24, 2018|
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Response from Daxton V | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are campsites that you can canoe directly to without having to portage
December 31, 2017|
Response from stefbcanada | Reviewed this property |
There's an Ontario Parks parking lot right where Long Lake Lodge is on the east side. It's at the Long Lake access point. You can park there in the winter. You'll need a vehicle capable of real winter driving if there... More
September 10, 2017|
Response from north4608 | Reviewed this property |
Kawartha Highlands is a canoe-access backcountry camping park. I don't believe it has marked hiking trails beyond the canoe portages.