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“Large Private sites, Great Fishing”

Halfway Lake Provincial Park
Ranked #16 of 48 things to do in Sudbury
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Reviewed September 4, 2016

We camped here for a week. We had a beautiful private site with access and a view of Raven Lake. It was wonderful to be able to canoe or kayak easily. We caught lots of northern Pike- mostly smaller ones, and one monster sized one!
The beach is huge and clean with a large buoyed area for swimming. Halfway lake was almost always rough and a little tough for canoeing. We did canoe to Bailey Lake. The portage is well marked from halfway Lake, but poorly marked on the return. We only found 1 out of 4 campsites as the signage is poor. The one we did find only had a stone fireplace- no privy or picnic table and was very small- not sure where you would put a tent. When we asked staff they said that they are not used often, so that is why they are not in good shape. Perhaps if they were in good shape, they would be used more often?
Another day we crossed under the highway and paddled the other side of Halfway Lake- it is much calmer on that side.
We spent one day on Antrim Lake. The canoe launch is non existent- it was super muddy/mucky. The beavers have built a dam so you have to portage to the main part of the lake. This portage was very poorly maintained- very muddy. It would be so nice for the park to put in a proper canoe launch and some boardwalk along the portage. The lake was beautiful and we were the only ones on it. There is only 1 campsite marked on the map but we found 3 - only one of the 3 had a grill on the campfire and a picnic table. The fishing was excellent on the lake- lots of huge pike and some bass. It made the trek worthwhile.
2 of the parks 4 hiking trails were closed while we were there- one because a bridge needed to be repaired, and one because there were over a 100 fallen trees blocking the trail. It was disappointing that we were not able to do these trails. We did do the others and they were very nice.
The campsites are mostly large and private. Older bathrooms but clean. The park was super quiet during the week but got busy on the weekend. Lots of little kids unsupervised on the roads and on empty sites.
The store is a good sized. They did have a lot of basics but no eggs. There is a little store in Cartier (about 10 minutes from the park) that has everything except meats or fruits and vegetables. The interpretive centre was small but had tons packed in it- worth going to- especially interesting to read about the fire and tornado that went through the park. The staff were all helpful.
This park has potential but needs some work.

5  Thank nurse32
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Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came back for another stay after staying here exactly 1 year ago. We love this park for the canoeing and hiking. We camped over in Antrim Lake this year and it was so peaceful and truly beautiful! All the campsites are large enough for most size trailers. We found the campsite fire pit was full of junk and needed to be cleaned out. We called park staff and they were there right away. We went on a tree hike with the naturalists and learned a lot about trees, animals, the fire and tornado that damaged the park and we even talked a little about some mushrooms. Very interesting and I think kids and their parents would learn a lot from these naturalists and respect the park more. Too many people ripping bark off of trees and putting nails and axes into them. We found that the showers were not the cleanest but definitely had lots and lots of pressure. We camped at the Wild Rose section and we liked the sites there. Most hiking trails were closed though because the park naturalist said that the MNR needs to come in and maintain the trails that have fallen down trees on them. They closed the one big trail after a hiker got lost. Hopefully when we return next year the trails will be reopened.

3  Thank FellowTraveler809885
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Reviewed August 2, 2016

I drove 7 hours to get to Halfway Lake Provincial Park but it was a pleasant surprise! Wonderful lakes and you can sit on the beach and enjoy the clean water or you can hike on Echo trail!

1  Thank Monika W
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Reviewed July 4, 2016

We stayed Canada Day Long Weekend. The weather was great but the bugs were bad. Nothing kept them away. But apart from that we had a great campsite with Lake access that you could look at the sunset from. The beach was small, but the water was fresh. We also were able to rent canoes at the camp store which was a bonus. The life jackets and the canoes were in great shape. There was a nice big park by the water for the kids to keep busy, and there were lots of great activities planned from the park as well like a bike parade and a bonfire at night. There were bears, but they were around due to people not putting away their food and garbage. The bathrooms were clean and the outhouses were updated with flush toilets and soap and water. They were actually cleaner than the comfort station.
Had a great weekend and would probably be going back soon!

2  Thank Felicia W
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Reviewed June 20, 2016

firstly, this place is beautiful... the forest is lush, and the park itself is fairly spaced out in between other campsites... however... if you're like me and wishing to just pull up and run the Hawk Ridge 15 km loop... think again before driving roughly 1.5 hours from Sudbury to the trailhead... there was a tree down on the trail every 100 metres....every 200 metres you'd have to avert around the entire section because it was too technical to get over... I have never been to a provincial park where the trail is so unmaintained... and i'm a rugged runner at heart... beautiful area, but this isn't a hike, it's an obstacle course... happy trails...

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