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 Blue Lake Provincial Park



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Dryden


Park Size: 2,314 hectares
Park Amenities:
Amphitheatre
Beach
Birding
Boat Launch
Campground
Canoeing
Climbing
Fishing
Hiking
Picnicking
Playground
Rentals
Sani Dump
General Store
Swimming
Washrooms
Wind Surfing


Blue Lake Provincial Park is a recreation destination located on the shores of Blue Lake in Northwestern Ontario, Sunset Country - just west of the City of Dryden. The park is located centrally on Highway #17 between the City of Dryden and the community of Kenora, Ontario.

Blue Lake Provincial Park is a massive forested and glacial rock park measuring 2,314 hectares (5718 acres).

The highlights of the park include the lake, the long sandy beach with swimming area, the campground and the many recreational activities.

Some of the summer activities enjoyed include hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, camping, water skiing, bird watching, rock climbing and fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, lake trout, muskie and northern pike.

There are hiking trails in the Blue Lake Provincial Park exploring a jack pine forest, glacial features and a spruce fen.

Goblin Lake Trail - 11 km ( 6.8 Mi.) : A moderate day hike exploring along the shore of Blue Lake before arriving at Goblin Lake.

Rock Point Trail - 4 km ( 2.5 Mi.) : A moderate half day hike exploring a forest of jack pine and cedar trees. Terrain can be slippery and steep in some areas.

Spruce Fen Trail - 1 km ( 0.6 Mi.) : An easy going boardwalk trail exploring a marsh-like black spruce fen environment. Wheelchair and baby stroller friendly trail.

Boulder Ridge Trail - 1 km ( 0.6 Mi.) : An easy going walk through a living and fire damaged forest environment.

On the northern shore of Blue Lake is a cove with steep cliffs called the Blue Lake Crag which is a popular destination for rock climbing. There are said to be around 25-30 climbing routes in the area. Climbing routes are designed for experienced climbers only who have proof of climbing credentials.

Blue Lake is part of a river and lake network with a long transportation history. At one time the waterway route was once part of a canoe paddle route which connected to a Hudson Bay Post on Eagle Lake which was a place of trade for the First Nation people, voyageurs and fur trappers.

Today... the Blue Lake Canoe Route (Route #12) measures about 97 kilometres (60 mi.) long and includes over 10 portages. The canoe route is considered varied with some easy and challenging sections located along the route. It should take anywhere from 4-7 days to complete. Paddle route maps available in park.

No matter what adventure you enjoy in the park there are always opportunities for wildlife sightings like moose, fox, deer and many species of birds.

For those planning on staying overnight to explore the lake and park there is a campground with around 200 serviced and non-serviced campsites - along with two large group camping areas.

The services and amenities in the park include a boat launch, sani-station, amphitheatre, day use picnic areas, playgrounds, fish cleaning station, fresh water taps, sani-station, firewood station, change rooms and a rental shop renting canoes and kayaks.

On site in the park there is an information/interpretive centre with maps and a gift store full of items. The park centre also provides summer educational programs.

Explore Blue Lake Park, Dryden & Kenora Northern Ontario, Canada, Sunset Country

 

Address:

Blue Lake Provincial Park
Highway #647
Dryden
Canada

How To Get ToBlue Lake Provincial Park

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Drive : From Dryden, Ontario travel west on Highway #17 (Trans Canada Highway) towards Kenora, Ontario. As you approach the community of Vermilion Bay, Ontario follow highway #647 north for 9 kilometres (5.6 mi.) to the park entrance.
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