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Canoe rentals and Kayak rentals available, we deliver canoes and kayaks to North Frontenac Park Lands all season. Group rates available if you book in advance, School Trips, Corporate Teams, Church Groups, Scout troops are all welcome. Very reasonable rates.
Need 1 canoe or kayak? We can do that too. You are also welcome to pick up at our location.
There are over 140 canoes and kayaks available, we are ready for your request.
Contact us using the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. It is always best to book your canoe or kayak rental a couple days in advance if possible.
If you have a special request or large group it is always best to book in advance. Traveling to the North Frontenac Parklands during the busier times of year it is best to make campsite reservations too, book early we can show you how if you have not done so already.
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The first thing you notice when you pull into the boat launch at Long Schooner Lake in the North Frontenac Park Lands is the stunning beauty. You would figure you had traveled thousands of miles north to reach a remote destination but that would be misleading.
This is definitely a more wilderness lake with much more difficult access than some of the others. You can’t drive very fast to get here once you leave road 509, but it is well worth it.
Just like the above picture would indicate this is a lake with a view, and it is really something to behold. This picture of Long Schooner Lake is taken just south of the boat launch area. There is a pretty good sized parking lot for vehicles as well.
The very best part of this lake in our opinion is that even though it is so large it only has 15 campsites. This lake is connected to its sister lake Round Schooner, which are connected to the North. The lakes are connected by a narrow canyon with a nice Rock cliff on the North side. For the adventurous a climb to the top is well worth the view. The lake is never really busy and there is only one cottage on the north end of the lake.
This is truly one of our favorite spots in the area, rivaling anything you will find in Algonquin Park, really an alternative to how busy that park has got in the past 10 years. Very highly recommended that you visit this lake to see for yourself.
Beautiful scenery, and the fishing is pretty good in the cool, clear and rather deep lake. Last fall the crew from the FishTV show did 2 episodes on this lake catching mainly bass. But, to our mind the real star attraction in the fishing department is the lake trout. Every year Round Schooner is stocked with Lake Trout, usually about 2000, making the fishing pretty good.
Trolling the rocky points with Rapala sucker imitations, or perch imitations works great. We also have been enjoying kayak fishing this lake because of the many rocks along shore maneuvering in and around obstacles is much easier with the Kayak. It really is a ton of fun, and if you enjoy paddling you need to give it a try.
Bird watching is also very popular on the Lake with resident Ospreys, herons and various song birds being very prevalent. Long Schooner Lake is in a provincially designated Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).
Directions to Long Schooner Lake:
Access is via Mountain and Schooner Lake Roads from Plevna. Head north up Mountain Road off of Road 509 at Plevna (right beside the Lookout Home Hardware). At the “T” intersection turn left to stay on Mountain Rd. At the junction with Brule Lake Rd (at the north end of Shaw Lake) stay to the right to remain on Mountain Rd. Turn left onto Schooner Lake Rd and follow the signs. Schooner Lake Rd is a Crown road.
It is usually pretty good, but it is not called Mountain Road for no reason. This is a pretty good climb. To get to the Long Schooner parking lot from 509 takes about 30 minutes.
To book your campsite click the following link
Check out this map of the lake, it is a printable pdf file for your convenience.
North Frontenac Outfitters regularly delivers canoes and kayaks to this section of North Frontenac Park Lands. If you have any questions or would like to rent a canoe or kayak just send along an email or use the booking form on the website.
Site 12- September 23, 2012 – An absolutely perfect campsite, we had the whole island to ourselves, not a lot of firewood, but we hauled in a bit of dead wood from the other side of the lake. Had a great time. T. Sampson.
Long Schooner Lake – North Frontenac Park Lands Campsite Review.
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Although it bears a rather unfortunate name, Crotch Lake is one of the largest and easiest accessible lakes in North Frontenac Park Lands. There are presently 77 campsites available, almost all of them water access only.
The boat launch on the south side of the lake is off of Ardoch Road just north of Highway 7 or access from county road 506.
The north boat launch is accessed from 509 road to the north near Ompah.
There is a very scenic marked hiking trail through natural wetlands adjacent to the southwest portion of the lake, very near the south access point.
Fishing is great in season, with Walleye and Pike being the most sought after species. Early season try trolling Rapalas in a Perch finish in about 15 feet of water.
Later in the season when the water warms you can find the big ones lurking in about 20 feet of water and use a simple jig technique for best results.
This is a true wilderness experience with nearly the entire shoreline of this large lake being Crown land and thus undeveloped and undisturbed. Near the middle of the lake the large peninsulas on both the east and west sides are part of a conservation reserve further protecting the unique environmental features found on Crotch Lake.
The lake is almost divided in 2 parts at the middle, just as the name would suggest. With cell phone coverage spotty at best.
For canoeing enthusiasts Crotch lake is part of the Mississippi River canoe route. Click this link for more information on this very scenic loop. Mississippi River Canoe Route (click here)
We are more than happy to help you with outfitting your trip or you can reserve a guided trip starting at Bon Echo and finishing at Crotch Lake, an especially nice trip in September.
How to get to Crotch Lake.
From the North:
Access is provided to the north end of the lake off Road 509 near the village of Ompah. Just make the turn south onto South Bush Road and follow it all the way to the lake access point – the last portion of this road is a Crown road.
From the South:
The south end access is from Ardoch Road as mentioned above. Follow the “Crotch Lake Access” sign for the entrance to the lake with a large parking lot.
You cannot park at the lake, but there is a nice loop road that allows you to unload at the lake, then park your vehicle up the hill.
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Map of Crotch Lake (click here)
North Frontenac Outfitters makes frequent deliveries of canoes and kayaks to both access points. Be sure to book early so we can fit you into our delivery schedule. Crotch Lake is fast becoming a very popular destination in the North Frontenac Park Lands, and for good reason.
CampSite 26- May 18, 2013 – The site was on a nice point of land, but we would have like if it was a bit more open, like site 27. A bit of a breeze would have kept the mosquitoes at bay in the evening. Very nice site though. L.Gallant.
Campsite 33- June 26, 2013 – We had this whole island to ourselves. Watched the sunset on Tuesday, and then the sunrise the next morning right from the front of our tent. It was an absolutely spectacular camp site and highly recommended. With Les and Andre’s help we were able to make our trip from Mazinaw to Crotch Lake one of the best canoe trips we have ever taken. Thanks. M and S.
CampSite 57- May 22, 2013 – This camp site was very spacious with a great boat launch area for the canoe. The fire pit was right at the edge of the lake making for a great campfire in the evenings. Just far enough from neighbors to be private. You are right at the narrows though making for a bit more increased boat traffic through the day. All in all very highly recommended.
Campsite 67- July 5, 2013 – We had quite a large group of 3 adults and 4 kids and we needed 2 tents but this site was definitely large enough. It had a really good boat launch area too, great fire pit and a really nice view of the lake. We were able to paddle from the North boat launch in only a few minutes. Les let us use his Aluminum canoe that his Dad originally bought for his family, it was great for our boys who are just learning how to paddle. We even caught a few fish using the advice given to us by Andre, thanks.
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One of the best places to camp in the area is the North Frontenac Park Lands. Quiet, large campsites with great fishing and paddling makes this a great destination whether it is for an overnight stay or a week or more.
North Frontenac Outfitters offers trip advice (just drop us an email with your question), guided trips and full outfitting and canoe rentals.
In total there are presently 184 campsites in North Frontenac Park Lands. All of these campsites are spread out on or near the shores and islands of 12 area lakes.
This is wilderness camping at its best with a total of less than 20 camp sites near designated parking areas accessible by road. The majority of these campsites are accessible by water only.
There is usually one or two main Access points on each lake that can be reached by road, although most are secondary, tertiary or crown roads where an off-road capable or other 4-wheel drive vehicle are the better choice of getting there. This is a true backcountry experience!
Camping is only permitted at the designated sites only. To reserve your campsite now and obtain your camping permit click the following link North Frontenac Park Lands Campsite Reservations (click here) to Book Your Campsite.
Day Use permits are also available (i.e. for a day of hiking, canoeing, exploring, fishing or biking) to North Frontenac Park Lands without an overnight stay at a campsite. To purchase a Day Use permit click the Book Your Campsite link and select the appropriate Day Use permit option that is there. You can also get a season road permit to access this area all season.
Crotch Lake, Big Gull Lake and Kashwakamak Lake are accessible off of primary or secondary township/county roads by most vehicles. Most vehicles should have no problem getting to these access points with adequate parking at the lake as well.
More Information on Each Lake click the link below:
Fortune Lake, Long Schooner Lake, and Round Schooner Lake are reached over seasonal crown roads. While not necessitating rugged off-road capabilities, vehicles with good ground clearance are strongly recommended, but not absolutely necessary.
Off-road capable or other 4-wheel drive vehicles are also recommended for access to Mair Lake, Hungry Lake, Redhorse Lake, Govan Lake and Granite Lake, all of which have spectacular camping facilities on water access camp sites.
To Rent a Canoe or Kayak for your trip click the link below:
If you have specific questions about camping trip to North Frontenac Park Lands just send us an email, we are glad to help.
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As you drive up to the boat launch at Granite Lake in the North Frontenac Park Lands you can’t help but stare out across the lake. With crystal clear waters and towering cliffs across the lake it looks like a mini version of the Mazinaw. Although there are several lakes with cliffs in the area the scenic beauty of this lake and the fact that there are only 3 campsites on this medium sized lake make it well worth the little bit of effort to get here.
A secret that no one is going to tell you about the lake is that it is stocked with 2000 splake every year, making it a favorite for fishing. They are a bit hard to catch at times, but we will share our simple secret to help you land a few in this great put and take fish stocking program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, thanks guys.
What I like best about Granite Lake? The clear water perfect for Lake Trout. When you paddle to the south end of the lake and if it is calm (the cliffs protect you from the wind) you can look down at huge boulders that have fallen from the top of the cliff and landed in the lake. Just imagine the sound that would make. They look to be only a few feet down but drop a fishing line and you will see they are over 40 feet down in most cases. It’s a bit unnerving at first to think of the massive cliffs breaking off, but highly unlikely you will witness it for yourself… enjoy the view to the bottom.
Oh, and the fishing, try slow trolling about 20 to 30 feet deep with a Rapala perch imitation, works wonders, just the smaller deep diver works best, have fun.
How do you get there?
From Road 509 east of Ompah travel north to the boat launch on Palmerston Lake. Take Arcol Road to Hydro Lane. Left on Hydro Lane to reach Granite Lake.
Use this map (download or print)
You can book a campsite here
Remember that we deliver anywhere in the area, we especially like canoe rental requests for Granite Lake, we will tell you the secret, we would much rather be delivering canoes here than be in the office.
Well worth the effort to get to this lake. You do have to cross one bridge that has since been repaired thanks to a co-operative effort from Corey Klatt, Manager of North Frontenac Park Lands and the Crown Land Unit of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, nice work to keep this beautiful lake accessible from both directions.
CampSite 1: June 5, 2013 – This is an absolutely perfect campsite on this very scenic lake. The week we were there it was a bit of rain, but the campsite tent area was pretty dry. There is a bit of a lane way leading through the campsite to a cottage on the north side of the lake, but it was not inconvenient at all. The fire place area was great right in the middle of the site and we could walk all around. It was kind of neat there are plaques all up the side of the rock by the lake, commemorating what is obviously a lot of peoples favorite campsite too. Highly recommended. L. J.
CampSite 1: Granite Lake, September 2, 2012 –
What a view! an unbelievable campsite for the weekend.
We really appreciate the recommendation, thanks.
Even caught a couple fish, great paddling, great pictures, as good as it gets.TS Family.
CampSite 2: June 12, 2013. This is a very nice campsite right on the water.
We were very impressed by how large it is and there did not seem to be very many bugs either.
We easily fit 3 tents and 2 vehicles on the site. The boat launch is right beside us and with only 3 campsites on the entire lake we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
The lake is stocked with Splake and we really enjoy fishing for them too. Caught some nice perch as well. Highly recommended campsite. TR.
North Frontenac Park Lands Campsite Reviews.
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If you like big water then you will really enjoy Big Gull Lake and the campsites available from the North Frontenac Park Lands.
This is a beautiful lake and the camp sites are really spectacular.
A very large, and very popular lake this one has a lot to offer.
The campsites are very large and mostly on islands.
In our opinion the fishing for bass, pike and walleye are tops in the area on Big Gull Lake.
Since it is popular with fishermen it can be a bit difficult at times, but fishing deep usually produces results.
The boat launches are well maintained and you can access the lake from either the east or the west end depending on where you are driving from.
Be sure to book your campsite early on this popular lake and if you need a canoe delivered for your trip be sure to contact us early.
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The trail that leads into Redhorse Lake in the North Frontenac Park Lands can be a bit intimidating, but rest assured that the Lake is there up ahead.
It is a bit grown in it seems and not real inviting at first, but the trail is good except for very early in the season in May when it can be slightly muddy. Not to worry though, we have never had to use 4 wheel drive to get in or out of this lake.
The campsites are great quality and the fishing is super.
Last year we went into Redhorse Lake in September and had the whole lake to ourselves. Jane was a bit tired and not paying attention when something grabbed her soft plastic bait. Thinking it was another rock bass she twitched her line to knock it off.
Just at that moment a very large pike spit out the plastic bait, swirled the water above, showed himself briefly and was gone. There are some big fish in the lake, and we can certainly tell you that one is still there. Take care and have fun camping at this beautiful lake.
If you paddle around the corner to the far end of the lake the fishing improves drastically as you get further from the great boat launch area.
We can deliver canoe rentals directly to the boat launch area if you book in advance so we can co-ordinate our delivery schedule. Use the form on the left to contact us thanks.
Campsite 7: Sept. 3, 2012. This is a lovely campsite that is only about 100 yards from the boat launch. The picture is actually taken from the boat launch looking over to campsite 7, nice.
When we stayed there last year it was really low water levels and the rocky shoreline made it a bit harder to launch the canoe, but not a real problem.
Great campfire place and a level area for the tent. All in all highly recommended. We did forget a couple items and it only took us a couple minutes to paddle over to the car and get them, very convenient. L. S
Campsite 8 – June 4, 2013. It was a bit wet when we came to this campsite, but the fact that it is drive to access, right by the boat launch was great.
We enjoyed staying here, and did find a nice dry place for the tent back up from the water, so not to worry. There are not too many great campsites that are drive to so book this one if you can.
Highly recommended. H.S
Redhorse Lake North Frontenac Park Lands campsite reviews.
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We paddle this lake quite a bit, it is very long at over 11 miles and mostly narrow, almost like a wide river in places and, Kashwakamak Lake has 19 camp sites on it.
For the most part the campsites are on islands or in the backcountry.
Kashwakamak Lake is also part of the popular Mississippi River Canoe Route. We regularly guide paddlers all the way from the upper reaches to Kash as it is referred to locally.
Just a great weekend trip.
If you want to experience wilderness camping yet still be close to your vehicle then this is the lake for you.
Great boat launches and relatively close campsites make this lake a popular destination.
Directions to Kashwakamak Lake boat launches
1. From Highway 41 or Plevna follow Road 506 and turn onto Myers Cave Rd. Stay on Myers Cave Rd until you reach the west end of the lake, the access point is just off Myers Cave Rd. a bit north of Delyea Road.
2. Follow Road 506 from Highway 41 or Plevna. Turn south onto Browns Bay Road. Follow Browns Bay Road for approximately 700m. Once you reach signage stating “Private Road” turn right. Follow until end. This will bring you to the road access for campsite 12 and the boat launch closest to water access sites 10, 11, 13 and 14.
3. From Highway 41 turn east onto Harlowe Road. Turn left (north) at the 4-way stop in Harlowe onto Kashwakamak Lake Road. Follow Kashwakamak Lake Road until you see Koch Kove Lane on the left. Turn left onto Koch Kove Lane and stay right for the boat launch located at the end of this access. This boat launch is closest to water access sites 3 and 4.
You can book a campsite on Kashwakamak Lake right here
Campsite Booking Request (click here)
If you need to rent a canoe please use the form to the left and contact us, thanks.
Campsite 12: June 4, 2013. This is a great drive to campsite right by the boat launch on the north side of the lake. Tremendous view, and a great place to launch our canoe right at the site. Drive right to it, nice. It does slope to the water in places, but still a nice level place for the picnic table and tent area. Highly recommended. Sam.S
North Frontenac Park Lands Campsite reviews, please submit to us directly, thanks.
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One of the most beautiful lakes in the area is Govan Lake in the North Frontenac Park Lands.
It is one of the more difficult lakes to get to with a trip in from 509 hwy of about 30 minutes but it is well worth it.
A great selection of campsites for this lake and a real wilderness experience make this a great destination.
We go there for the fishing, it is a bit of a secret lake but it is full of walleye that are usually eager to bite.
Fish right off of the campsite landings, and we have caught some nice ones.
The paddling is great with access to some of the other lakes quite close by.
All in all a widely recommended lake choice in the region.
More information and campsite reviews to follow.
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What a spectacular sight this lake is with a number of beautiful campsites, and great fishing for rainbow trout.
Yes, it’s a bit of a rougher drive in to get to this one, but well worth it.
Have a look at this map and you will see where the lake is.
About 16 km from the main road 509 traveling north on Arcol Rd.
Well worth the effort though.
When we asked Corey Klatt, the manager of North Frontenac Park Lands which of the lakes in this area he would camp at, he said ‘ Mair Lake would be his first choice, it is beautiful.’
We have to agree, it is one of our favorites in the area.
If you like fishing the Ministry of Natural Resources for Ontario stocks this lake every year with over 3000 Rainbow Trout. Some of the best fishing in the entire region by our standards.
You will enjoy camping here.
A great canoe lake too, not much boat traffic, pretty quiet. If you are looking for a canoe rental for Mair Lake just fill in the contact form and let us know your plans. We will advise you on road conditions, lake conditions and whether the fish are biting.
Campsite 3- July 12, 2013- This is an absolutely perfect spot facing north on the lake. The lake drops off right there at the edge to deep green blue water and it is a spectacular sight.
As we sat there we heard and saw 5 loons talking to each other, it was kind of funny they would let out a little hoot and the echo would come back from the far side of the lake and they would hoot back to themselves. Pretty soon all of them were talking to the ‘other loons’ they heard from across the lake.
The fishing was a little off when we were there with a cold front having just passed but we managed to catch a couple though, great trip. L.R