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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.