Kettle Lakes Provincial Park Review
If you’re looking for a park with crystal clear water and beautiful natural sand beaches, be sure to book a camping trip to Kettle Lakes Provincial Park. This park has 22 lakes, 20 of which are kettle lakes and is situated on 1261 hectares of northern boreal forest.
The park has 139 campsites (95 with electrical service), an ampitheatre, a boat launch, a visitor centre and with seven sandy beaches, you’ll be sure to find a great spot for a swim.
Kettle Lakes Park also has a children’s playground and a pet exercise area with a “Doggy beach”. If you’re feeling energetic try out one of the parks hiking trails or the bike trail. On our weekend camping trip we hiked three of the four hiking trails. If you want more detail about the trails we hiked check our previous blog posts.
Rod and I fell in love with this northern area a few years ago, love the boreal forest. We think it’s a great park for a northern family camping adventure!!
Now for the review:
Trails: We hiked 3 trails and found them easy to moderate in their difficulty. The trails were not overly used and we never seen anyone on the trails, made for a very peaceful hike. The trails meander through some true northern forest with views of some of the many lakes in the park.
The Beachs: We visited 4 beaches and all were very clean on beautiful clear lakes.
Slab Lake: beach was very busy as it is the day use beach. It has a very large picnic shelter with a fireplace inside, a kids play area and flush toilets. The beach area was clean as were the picnic shelter and washrooms.
Green Lake: beach also has a picnic shelter and a good grassy area for picnics or throwing the frisbee. Green Lake beach is a popular spot for the parks campers and can be quite busy. Toilets are also on site.
Point Lake: beach is a nice beach with picnic tables and plenty of room to sit and soak up some sun or sit in the shade and relax. The beach is out of the way from the main camping areas and is very quiet ( there was nobody there)
Irrigation Lake: beach also has picnic tables, tiolets and plenty of room to play or relax. The hill down to the beach has no stairs and is steep. The beach area is small but well kept and the water was very clear. This beach was also very quiet as nobody was there.
For The Dogs: there is a beach on Green Lake. It has a good size play area, picnic tables and nice shallow flat beach for our four legged friends.
Campsites: The campsites are well maintained and clean. The sites in the Island Lake campground are quite open and do not offer a lot of privacy. The Pines campground is small with only 11 non electric campsites although they offer much more privacy. There are plenty of toilets and water taps so no need to travel far for the neccessities. There are 2 shower houses but both are in the Island Lake campground, about a 5 minute drive from the Pines campground.
Fishing : Hughes Lake has a boat launch and you can use your motor boat in this lake only. Canoes are also available for rent. We never really had any time to fish but I did catch a (very) small pike in Hughes Lake.
Canoeing: There are canoes available for rent on most of the lakes if you do not have your own. It is very easy to get into the many lakes as most have good roads into them.
The Park: has 22 lakes, most of them easily accessable for swimming, fishing or canoeing. The roads and trails are well maintained and easy to follow. Be sure to bring your bike as a round trip on the parks main road is about 10 kms.
Over all Kettle Lakes Provincial Park is a beautiful Northern Ontario park that will not disappoint. See our picture gallery for all the park has to offer.