Nearby Community: ThompsonPark Size: 23,000 hectarePark Amenities
Paint Lake Provincial Park is a year round recreation and adventure destination located south of the community of Thompson, Manitoba, Canada.
The highlight of the park is the lake. The lake takes up a majority of the 23,000 hectare park. Established in 1972, the Paint Lake Provincial Park was created to protect the lake habitat and the surrounding eco systems of the Hayes River Upland portion of the Precambrian Boreal Forest Natural Region.
Many of the activities enjoyed in the park are located near the shores of Paint Lake or on the waters of Paint Lake. The lake measures 40.2 kilometres (25 mi.) long and 8.5 kilometres (5 mi.) wide. There are plenty of hidden coves, quiet bays, sandy beaches and small islands.
On the shores of the lake there are many developed areas with services and amenities. There are two serviced campgrounds and a lodge for accommodations in the park. There are a few backcountry campsites on some of the islands in Paint Lake. And there are many fly-in fishing lodges operating outside the park, in and around, Thompson, Manitoba.
The main campground has a sightseeing trail. The trail follows the shore of the peninsula connecting to day use picnic areas, marina, boat launches, amphitheatre and sightseeing areas like Spruce Grove, Beacon Hill, Coffee Cove, Cozy Corner, Pickerel Point and two beaches - Dawn Beach and Twilight Bay.
During the summer months in the Paint Lake Provincial Park the park provides sandy beaches, day use picnic areas, boat launches, docks, hiking trails, a baseball field, beach volleyball courts, a playground and a full service marina operating year round.
In fact the marina on Paint Lake is one of the largest in Manitoba! It operates a convenience store, restaurant, marine gas station, boat launch, lounge and provides cabin rentals. There are also boat and canoe rentals for playing on the lake. And guides for fishing walleye and northern pike.
Some of the other popular activities enjoyed in the park include swimming, picnicking, birdwatching, wind surfing, boating, canoeing, water skiing, hiking, camping, xc skiing, snowmobiling and tobogganing.
There is tons of history too in the Paint Lake Provincial Park. The park is part of a historic canoe route and... it is the site of a historic fort. A North West Company trading post by the name of McKay House once operated from the shores of Paint Lake and the historic Grass River Canoe Route explores in the park.
The Grass River Canoe Route is a 570-kilometre long network of lakes and rivers that begins near Cranberry Portage, Manitoba and follows the Grass River to its confluence with the Nelson River. The route is often referred to as the Grass River Corridor. It is a canoe route decorated with waterfalls, rapids, fast currents, lakes, trapper cabins, wilderness campsites, petroglyphs and portages.
The Grass River Canoe Route passes by many islands when paddling in the Paint Lake Provincial Park. Some of the islands on the canoe route include Hopkins, Cote, Kippen and Garand Islands.
The Grass River route also connects to other parks including the Wekusko Falls Provincial Park and Grass River Provincial Park. There are wilderness campsites, serviced campgrounds and put-ins and take-out points located along the entire route.
During the winter months the snow falls and the lake and rivers freeze. The activities in the park include snowmobiling, xc skiing, ice fishing and tobogganing.
The snowmobile trails in the park connect to hundreds of kilometres of trails near Thompson, Manitoba. The main snowmobile trail in the park travels down the west side of the lake, with detours around Liz Lake and Mid Lake.
Cross country ski trails range from beginner to expert. They are located near the west side of Paint Lake Provincial Park, fanning out from the core recreation area ranging in length from two to five kilometres. Staging area is located near the parking lot. There are warming cabins with wood stoves on the routes.
Ice fishing shacks and the odd ice fishing derby celebrate fishing on the lake during a very active winter season in the park.
Paint Lake Provincial Park, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada