Remember: always follow the Leave No Trace principles when out in the wild.
Campground and Trails:Canada/Ontario/Provincial Parks/Restoule Provincial Park
Restoule Provincial Park
Located on Lake Restoule and Stormy Lake near North Bay, Ontario.
- Flush toilets and showers in two comfort stations
- Electric and non electric campsites, as well as group camping
- Laundry, boat launch
- Visitor Centre
Fishing in Lake Retoule and Stormy Lake is great. The waters are filled with many types of fish includine Walleye, Nothern Pike, Bass and Trout.
A great way to explore is by Boat. A power boat or canoe can be rented at The Mill Bay Marina, located just down the highway from Retoule Provincial Park. Kayaking and canoing is a great way to explore, but currents are strong, and weather can change in an instant.
Restoule has several hiking trails. These include Angels Point trail, located on Angel's Point. This trail is for walking and biking, and is a very easy loop. It is 2.5 km long and sometimes used for children's activities in the evenings.
The Fire Tower Trail is for more experienced hikers. It is 8 km long and climbs a rocky cliff. At the top of this trail there is a historic fire tower, used for spotting forest fires in pioneering days. Amazing views of the park as well as surrounding area can be seen from this trail. During the peak season (June-August) park rangers lead stargazing walks up this trail. It is recommended that you bring a flashlight. If you walk in the dusk or nighttime, you should take precautions against bears.
The third trail at restoule is the Restoule River trail. The Retoule River is part of the historic French fur trade route and was also traveled by explorer Samuel de Champlain. This trail is often buggy.
Retoule also has two beaches and a dog beach. The lake is warm and swimming is good. The main beach and the main boat launch at Bells Point are the best locations for swimming.
Reservations can be made through www.ontarioparks.com
Restoule is open April to October. Expect snow in April and early May as well as October. Though the days in summer are warm, be sure to pack sweaters and warm sleeping gear for cold nights.
Black Bears are active year around (they do not truly hibernate), so it is important to always lock up your food. Black Bears are usually not aggressive, but will become so after tasting high energy human food. Don't feed the bears, but if they do get your food, don't take it from them (but be sure to notify a ranger of the incident).
Mosquitoes are active a month after the snow melts, especially in May/early June. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, but the actual risk of infection is very low in most parts of the world. Mosquitoes are known to carry the West Nile Virus and Malaria organisms (primarily only in south America and Africa). West Nile Virus only poses a danger to the very young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Those with the Sickle Cell trait are not affected as much by Malaria.
Ticks can be found in the tall grass before and after the snow fall. If you find a tick, remove it with fine tipped tweezers by pulling straight out. Do not kill the tick while it's still attached, doing so will cause it to regurgitate into the blood stream greatly increasing the risk of infection. Some species of ticks may carry Lyme Disease, but your actual risk of infection is very low.
Raccoons are plentiful in this park. To protect yourself, use a flashlight when it is dark, store all food in the vehicle and remove all garbage and dirty dishes from your campsite at night. Raccoons DO know how to open coolers. Do nto leave them in the open. Most importantly DO NOT feeed the raccoons. They may look cute and cuddly, but feeding encourages them to remain in the park, and can pose a threat to humans, ecosystems and other animals. Feeding could also kill the raccoons, who may become depandant on campers for food and will starve when the park closes.
Driving at night, watch for deer and moose. Often, you and your car will be hurt worse than them. Slow down and watch for eye gleam at the side of the road. In April and May, deer and moose will come to the side of the road to drink from the salty puddles left from winter. In September, moose will be plentiful and roading because of mating season.
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