A visit to Lake Superior Provincial Park is a visit to one of the "jewels" in the Provincial Park system. Its rugged coast and variety of trails makes this park a destination for hikers, canoeists and sea kayakers, as well as for sightseers. The park is a natural environment class park and certain use restrictions apply in order to protect the park's fragile ecosystems and cultural heritage sites. These restrictions ensure that a high quality experience will continue to be enjoyed for years to come. Travel the Gitchee Gumee Trail North (Hwy 17) to Lake Superior Provincial Park and enjoy a day of hiking on one of the Park's 11 trails or venture out for a canoe trip along one of the Park's 7 routes. Kayakers will want to explore the Superior coastline. For more information visit Lake Superior Provincial Park.
The Trans Canada Highway (Highway 17) within Lake Superior Provincial Park is a favourite drive for residents and non-residents alike. Scenic pullovers at Old Woman Bay, Sand River, and Agawa Bay are particularly popular sites. The drive during the fall colour season is outstanding!
This park's 11 hiking trails range from easy to demanding but always offer superlative scenic landscape discoveries. For the day use visitor, the Orphan Lake, Pinquisibi and Agawa Rock Pictograph Trails are recommended. Lake Superior Provincial Park has spectacular coastal and river scenery accessible through its varied trail system. Day permits are required. Remember what you pack in you must pack out.
The downstream portion of Sand River and other streams flowing into Lake Superior are favourite locations for fishermen to catch rainbow (steelhead) trout during their spring and fall spawning runs. Inland lakes and streams afford excellent opportunities for brook trout fishing. Fishing for lake trout does occur on the deep cold water lakes of the park. Splake (a cross between brook and lake trout) can also be caught in stocked lakes (e.g. MacGregor, Doc, Greg, Red Rock and Rabbit Blanket Lakes) within the park and accessible from Highway 17.
The Lake Superior coast is a kayaker's mecca. Here are rugged rock headlands as well as sheltered sand and cobble beaches. Accessing the coastline can be achieved through the Sinclair Bay boat launch, or off beaches at access locations such as Agawa Bay, Old Woman Bay and Gargantua. This shoreline provides many opportunities to study the effects of volcanic geologic processes, study shore vegetation and perhaps even find Pukaskwa Pits.
Day use canoe routes within the park include the Fenton-Treeby Lake route, Mijinemungshing Lake, Gamitagama Lake, and the Crescent Lake system. Canoe route maps are available through the Provincial Park's headquarters, the campground gate offices or through the Friends of Lake Superior Provincial Park interpretive centre.
For many, a day trip snowshoeing access roads is another way of discovering Lake Superior Provincial Park's special values. Snowshoe clubs accessed the area before it was designated as a Provincial Park.
My first stay at the Water Tower Inn was after a family trip across Canada. We pulled in to the brand new facility in the wee hours of the morning after 5 weeks of camping. It was heavenly!!!! So much so that it became our first and last night stop whenever we headed west. Those stays are something of a legend in my family and this July I had the chance to show my son why. I wouldn't have thought it could be better than my memories but it was. From the warm welcome at the front desk to the 2 hours we spent in the water. Thanks to the wonderful staff, facility and service the legend continues!- Dawn