Glad to see the second serene day on the lake and the downhill run on the third day turned this into a lovely memorable trip after all. We loaded our gear into the canoe and pushed off into the second part of Copper Lake through a marshy maze. Thunderboxes are quite common in the backcountry here in Ontario. Access is by means of a portage from Rathbun Lake via Anstruther Creek. Lake Facts: Cooper Lake is located northwest of Apsley inside the boundaries of the Kawartha Highlands Park. Enter your email address to receive post notifications straight to your inbox. Day 1: Anstruther Lake Access - Serpentine Lake Peterborough County; Ontario; Canada; Owner Glenn Desy. Main menu. Address: 106 Monck Street, Box 500, Bancroft, ON, K0L 1C0, Canada. Copper is always a pretty paddle starting with the little creek at the end of the portage. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed exploring Ontario this year, but it would be nice to get a change of scenery. We initially planned to stay for another night, but the forecast was calling for rain all day Monday. Paddle south-west and P370 . … Or it’s similar twin game Uno. We may have to cast a wider net as oh wow is the housing market aggressive. King Devil Dwarf Lake Iris ... Copper Lk, Sepentine Lk, North Rathbun Lk, Rathbun Lk, Anstruther Lk ... Kawartha Highlands - 3 nights on Serpentine Lk. At the end of the portage, there’s a wide beach, which made it super easy to load our canoe and take off. Surrounding lakes: Chandos Lake, Anstruther Lake, Jack Lake, Jacks Lake, Jack's Lake, Loon Call Lake, Paudash Lake, Long Lake, Stoney Lake, Copper Lake, Serpentine Lake, Chandos, Anstruther, Eels Lake, Eels Creek. This year we saw hundreds of Pitcher Plants, we think the flowers look prehistoric. As an adult, I’ve never worn a life jacket in a canoe (which I know is obviously very dumb and I should), but today I did. Thanks for your kind words. Copper Lake is a water feature in Haliburton Highlands and has an elevation of 286 metres. They are a bit scary at night though (or when they’re getting full). The portage was well marked with these adorable yellow marks with the same symbol as the portage sign. We typically go to Algonquin every summer, and I’m glad we decided to go for a second canoe trip and explore somewhere new. The starting point; is the public access on Anstruther Lake; co-ordinates: Lat. It usually requires more planning and effort, and regardless of the weather, is always worth it. It was also just past Trout opening and we were hoping to maybe have some luck on the few lakes in the Kawartha Highlands that are actually stocked with them. We were a bit hesitant because it’s not as remote as Algonquin, but it was a nice alternative that didn’t require a lot of driving. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (officially called Kawartha Highlands Signature Site) is a 375-square-kilometre (145 sq mi) area of preserved wilderness and recreational areas in south-central Ontario, Canada.It is located to the north and east of the main belt of the Kawartha lakes primarily in the township of North Kawartha.. Region. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: My 1st backcountry camping A PLUS - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. The only issue with the site is that Rock Lake is very shallow so the swimming is not very good. We weren’t sure what to expect as this was our first time visiting Kawartha Highlands, but it definitely exceeded our expectations, even with the wind. Looks like for September you got mostly great weather and some really nice views. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park hiking and portage areas are well maintained open paths with signage detailing where the portage and paths lead and how long they are. I’ve been to Banff twice over the past five years and would easily go again in a heart beat. We roasted some veggies on the fire, including peppers and corn on the cob, and made burgers. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Convenient wilderness - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. So that should tell you something about those waves. We arrived at our destination, Site 236 on Copper Lake. Wolf Lake to Secret Lake is a 15.3 mile out and back trail located near North Kawartha, Ontario, Canada that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. We launched on Anstruther lake at the Access point and it was a few hours of paddling and 3 portages to reach our site #236. It was a short paddle to reach the second portage. Where are you thinking? We chatted with them for a bit. ... North Rathbun Lake to Copper Lake. The lake was misty, but the sun was out. We’ve been looking in Georgetown. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I actually have yet to scout out the parts of the city where I can see the Rockies, but I have tried. Region. It’s no longer free to camp, but it is a much better canoe and camping experience and definitely better for the land. Kawartha Highlands was one of the only parks we called that could actually say that the ice was out. This is a newly opened “lake” in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Day 1 – Launch. ... We decided to stay on Copper lake (They had stayed on Anderson so my husband felt sure I could handle the route to Copper). This year we splurged and bought these lightweight camping chairs. The only thing missing was a nice glass of wine. Two were vacant, so we were able to check them out. Take care. Fortunately Crab Lake is now part of Karwartha Highlands Provincial Park with controlled site bookings. I’ll take the wind over the rain any day. There are well over 300 provincial parks scattered across Ontario. We managed to make our way around this loop while only seeing other people on Anstruther Lake, which is the one with the most cottages. We managed to make our way around this loop while only seeing other people on Anstruther Lake, which is the one with the most cottages. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Awareness - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. The site itself was really nice and spacious with a great seating area by the fire, but since it’s located on a peninsula (actually an island), it offered zero protection from the wind. There are four sites on this lake along with a few private cottages. You’re right about taking more stuff. But our perseverance paid off and we had a lovely time camping at Copper Lake. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park has an incredible selection of paddle routes available for the beginner – or just someone who just doesn’t like portages. Share this checklist with other participants' eBird accounts. It has six canoe routes and just over a hundred backcountry campsites. Night 4 site 200 on Rathbun lake. We had to back-paddle a couple of times, but eventually were able to get out and unload our gear. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Awareness - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. Night 3 site 236 Copper Lake. Region. The trail winds uphill through the boreal forest and features a number of scenic lookouts that are reputed to provide some of the best views of Lake Superior. The next move is the paddler’s choice, as you may proceed southeast to Copper Lake, or continue due east into Anderson and the very Scenic Rock Lake before completing the circuit back to Rathbun and Anstruther Lakes via Copper. We managed to have pretty decent weather over the Labour Day long weekend, except for the fact that it was really windy. It is located to the north and east of the main belt of the Kawartha lakes , primarily in the township of North Kawartha . We have particularly enjoyed visiting these areas in the off seasons when it is significantly less busy than the prime season. And here we thought paying an extra $100 to get our canoe dropped off by the water was easier. I did some reading about it last night and it seems like there are some decent places to go white water rafting in Ontario. Yes, it always seems to be that way when venturing into the backcountry. 261. The first stretch of the paddle is through a marshy area, which was quite pleasant and sheltered from the wind, before reaching the open water (and the wind). Legal. We’ve been contemplating taking a road trip there from Ontario, but a lot of that depends on timing and the pandemic. Beautiful photos and a great campsite. And while we usually visit Algonquin every year, this summer we decided to take a second canoe trip and visit Kawartha Highlands. We took the Friday off before the Labour Day long weekend to have an even longer long weekend and to beat the traffic. Home. Ready for some activity? Now the fun part of returning our canoe. And we had no reception. It was a bit unclear where to take your canoe out, but the dudes in front of us figured it out, so we just followed them. Paddle west and P214 onto Rathbun Lake. Aiva . Thanks for reading and commenting. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. And don’t even get me started on how awesome the hiking is. kawarthas highlands provincial park - posted in General Fishing Discussion: hey guys im going to copper lake in kawarthas highlands provincial park has anybody been there and how long does it take to portage there. Allan. I always enjoy creeping the other campsites on whatever lake we’re staying at, it’s just interesting to see how the other sites are set up. I thought this seemed a bit strange as they didn’t know our height (for the paddles) or size (for the lifejackets), but just assumed they might have some sort of storage locker there. And it was nice to explore somewhere different. More wind (if that was even possible) and rain. Apsley is located in Peterborough County, more specifically the township of North Kawartha. Peterborough County; Ontario; Canada; Owner Sarah Wyshynski. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park (officially called Kawartha Highlands Signature Site) is a 375-square-kilometre (145 sq mi) area of preserved wilderness and recreational areas in south-central Ontario, Canada. We launched on Anstruther lake at the Access point and it was a few hours of paddling and 3 portages to reach our site #236. Glenn Desy Checklist version by Glenn Desy; Success! Major Lake Species:   Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Jordan Lake (East of Highland Grove): Hastings County, Apsley, & Bancroft Area, Benoir Lake: Hastings County, Apsley, & Bancroft Area, Cooper Lake is located northwest of Apsley inside the boundaries of the Kawartha Highlands Park. At the end of the lake, there’s a portage marker for our third and final portage (370m) into the second part of Copper Lake. It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure if your photos are any indication. ... Park Name: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park Park Telephone #: (613) 332-3940 ext. The wind and some of the portages sound gruelling but from the look of the photos, worth the effort. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. Yah the housing market is insane. It was a grey day when we put our canoes in at Anstruther Lake. Access is by means of a portage from Rathbun Lake via Anstruther Creek. Serpentine Lake has at least 2 trap cabins, one seems in poor condition while the other was where the boat in the video came from, Seems like a … FYI, Anstruther is a bigger lake and going in was very rough, but much calmer the day we came out. Can’t wait for the summer (and for the pandemic to be over). The guy unloaded our canoe, gave us our paddles and lifejackets. The starting point; is the public access on Anstruther Lake; co-ordinates: Lat. 25 years ago we camped on the large island near site 452; this was long before it became part of Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. They go by many names. We’ve been doing a lot of hiking this year, so it was good to give the legs a break and explore the area by canoe. Paddle south-west and P370 . Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: My 1st backcountry camping A PLUS - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. This sounds like such a fun adventure! It’s always so peaceful being in the backcountry and just being completely surrounded by nature. The Happy Camper’s Top 5 Canoe Trips in Kawartha Highlands – for the beginner. The only issue with the site is that Rock Lake is very shallow so the swimming is not very good. That looked like quite an adventure. After my paddling buddy Chris carried our canoe over the 201m portage, we stopped for a quick shore lunch with a Rathbun Lake view. Also, thanks to google, I now know what a thunder box is . The closest I have been to Banff is 30km and that was on the plane ride lol. This sounds like a proper outdoor adventure and the lake is so scenic. Paddle to the portage point to Copper Lake, before re-entering Rathbun Lake and finishing the reverse way through your first portage back to Anstruther to the point where you put in. The great thing about Ontario is that we have so many lakes and river systems that are interconnected, which make it ideal for exploring the area by canoe. Kawartha Lakes Directions {{::location.tagLine.value.text}} Sponsored Topics. We were launching at the same time as two OPP officers. It was an adventure! Darker clouds were on the horizon, so we quickly set up our tent and hopped in to wait for the rain to pass. Take care. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We were back on dry land in no time. I’ve actually never been white water rafting before. Ahhh, wind and rain in a canoe. We then scavenged for firewood and started a fire. There’s also a small private cottage at the entry into the lake here. We have particularly enjoyed visiting these areas in the off seasons when it is significantly less busy than the prime season. Looking for a great trail near North Kawartha, Ontario? Share this checklist with other participants' eBird accounts. - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. ( Log Out /  We’re a couple of Canadians who enjoy hiking, camping, diving, and just spending as much time outdoors as we can. We even spotted a Great Blue Heron. The views of the Rockies never get old. Turns out it was more of a hassle, especially to return it (more on that later). What a great adventure in a beautiful spot. This turned out to be a good call as one of the canoes was indeed for us. I went white water rafting in Oregon in 2017. I would definitely go back. Collectively these parks encompass nearly 10 percent of the province - an area equivalent to the size of Nova Scotia. Paddle west and P214 onto Rathbun Lake. What a great multi-day canoe trip. We decided to stay on Copper lake (They had stayed on Anderson so my husband felt sure I could handle the route to Copper). Peterborough County; Ontario; Canada; Owner Glenn Desy. At the end of the portage there’s a dock to help with entry into Rathbun Lake. There was a small lift-over a beaver dam from Copper Lake to Anderson Lake. I only regret not bringing a bottle of wine to celebrate. Thankfully it wasn’t very windy today so it was a much smoother paddle to return to the boat launch. According to the map, we were on a peninsula. Nestled along the Southern edge of the Canadian Shield, Kawartha Highlands features a rugged landscape of small lakes, ponds, wetlands, forests, and rock barrens. . Thanks! Remember how we didn’t get reception by the water when we drove up on Friday? Alden Desy Checklist version by Alden Desy; Glenn Desy Checklist version by Glenn Desy; Success! The plan had been to go to Crab Lake, but it was already booked, so we ended up booking Site 236 on Copper Lake in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Legal. It’s funny because the day we returned we already started planning which lake we’d like to visit next. Turns out they were heading to the same lake as us, but luckily were located on the opposite side. ... North Rathbun Lake to Copper Lake. Makes me question why I keep doing this to myself every year. Although, I would say white water rafting is an exception to that rule lol. Crazy 8s is always a fan favourite and easy to play!! There was a group of 8 dudes here loading their canoes up. Sarah Wyshynski Checklist version by Sarah Wyshynski; Success! We decided to rate each of them, along with our site on a series of key features: the beach, fire pit and seating area, flat spots for tents, location, thunder box, and then an overall rating. There are 7 sites on Copper Lake. When entering Lake Superior from Wawa, Nokomis (5.0km loop, rated moderate) is the first trail you’ll come across. Camping in September is always hit or miss with the weather. Number of days: 3Portages: 6 (round trip)Access Point: #5 Anstruther LakeVisited: September 2020. ... (They had stayed on Anderson so my husband felt sure I could handle the route to Copper). I’m with you. I saw it on the interactive map. Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, Copper Lake. We stayed at Site #250 on Rock Lake. Other participating eBirders. And hope of rescue in case we capsized. Wow! Region. About the WCA & CCR; Disclaimer; Privacy Policy; Copyright; Site Map; Join WCA This marked our final camping trip of the year, so glad it was a good one. And at 375 square-kilometres, it is also the second-largest park in southern Ontario. Why does wine have to be so heavy, it is the first thing to be left out of a pack, followed closely by beer. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Great place to try your first back country canoe trip. I get it. All of us changed into our swimming suits and walked a steep climb down to the waterfalls and enjoyed the refreshing waterfall. The portage markers were the only nice thing about this portage. There’s a small beach area down by the boat launch to put your canoe in. Get directions, maps, and traffic for Kawartha Lakes, ON. Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, Copper Lake. Thanks for reading. Lake Facts: Cooper Lake is located northwest of Apsley inside the boundaries of the Kawartha Highlands Park. After eating we walked around our site. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures from your side of Canada in Calgary. Our packs were also noticeably lighter. Paddle to the portage point to Copper Lake, before re-entering Rathbun Lake and finishing the reverse way through your first portage back to Anstruther to the point where you put in. Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, Copper Lake. Ha, yes! It took us a solid hour of paddling to reach the first of three portages to Rathbun Lake (162m). We hope our stories can help as you plan for your adventures. I miss Ontario canoeing! I want to go at a time of fewer tourists though because I have dealt with living in tourist-trap London for too long! There is also a sign here to indicate that we were now officially entering Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. It’s on my list of things to try someday. We've hiked through a number of these provincial parks as the Bruce Trail (an 885km trail that runs along the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara up… I used to live in Colorado. It is located to the north and east of the main belt of the Kawartha lakes primarily in the township of North Kawartha. We also wanted to ensure that our canoe was picked up on time. And like Algonquin, it is the perfect place to explore the wilderness by canoe. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Great place to try your first back country canoe trip. Morning on Shark Lake. There’s also a nice large flat rock here, so we brought a piece of cardboard and deck of cards. So we decided to come home a day earlier as we have zero interest paddling in the rain. While it’s not nearly as remote and big as Algonquin, it is much closer to Toronto. ... (They had stayed on Anderson so my husband felt sure I could handle the route to Copper). The Kawartha Highlands Serpentine Loop is a route that starts from Anstruther Lake and takes us to Rathbun Lake, North Rathbun Lake, Serpentine Lake, Copper Lake and loops us back to Rathbun and Anstruther Lake. And like Algonquin, it is the perfect place to explore the wilderness by canoe. It is the largest provincial park in Southern Ontario after Alongquin. Kawartha Highlands Signature Site, Copper Lake. We also found out that in order to return our canoes, we need to call in advance to schedule a pick-up time and are required to wait with the canoe until it is picked up. I had called a few days prior to find out more details. Kawartha Highlands - Copper Lake; Hike #47: Vista Trail; Hiking in Lake Superior Provincial Park; Hike #45: Vanderwater Conservation Area; Sturgeon Bay Provincial Park; Hike #42: Sheffield Conservation Area; French River Provincial Park; Never Miss a Post Ontario Bass Fishing Trips It was windy and the waves were rockin’ and a’rollin’. Other participating eBirders. Share this checklist with other participants' eBird accounts. Fingers crossed for 2021! Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Sucker Lake trip - See 30 traveller reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. My Mum and I hoped we could go for one of our birthdays but I guess that’s off the list. It’s funny because we just always assumed we’d live in the city, but the pandemic has really changed our perspective on things. Ah okay, I assumed it was a regional difference but I guess it’s just a name I’ve never heard. I find it’s much easier canoeing in rather than hiking and you can take a few more comfort items in your pack. It is a very nice site with a large log bench with additional large logs around the fire pit for sitting. We then returned to the main part of our site to make a fire and eat dinner. My brother lives in Toronto and goes to a friend’s cottage on a lake regularly and canoes. After eating breakfast and drinking some tea, we went out for a canoe ride around Copper Lake. ( Log Out /  I heard the term once from a colleague and thought it was hilarious. The Forecast. It was a bit tricky getting there as the wind kept pushing us the wrong way. Peterborough County; Ontario; Canada; Owner Sarah Wyshynski. It’s such a unique experience. To access Crab Lake turn onto Anstruther Lake Road, near Apsley, Ontario. Thankfully the rain was short-lived and that the portage itself was relatively flat and pretty straight forward. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Kawartha; it was lovely to see your pictures. The starting point, the lake is shallow and weedy and favours a warm water fishery, there are several public campsites on the lake, the perimeter of the lake is 6.7 km (4.2 miles), while the lake reaches depth of 19′, the average depth is 7′, Copper Lake is located within Fisheries Management Zone 15. It’s always tough paddling in inclement weather. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Convenient wilderness - See 30 traveler reviews, 45 candid photos, and great deals for Apsley, Canada, at Tripadvisor. Our game plan was to head out as soon as we could while the water was still calm. Other participating eBirders. It’s tough to plan ahead even with the vaccine coming given how cases continue to rise. ... (They had stayed on Anderson so my husband felt sure I could handle the route to Copper). Paddle south-west into Copper Lake. Footloose and kid-free, we launched for Serpentine Lake Loop at Anstruther Lake, Rd Access Point 5 in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Change ). We’re in the process of house hunting and decided that if we end up moving next year, we’d buy a canoe. They said they would be there in 30 minutes. Access is by means of a portage from Rathbun Lake via Anstruther Creek. It was a gruelling canoe ride across Anstruther Lake. The campsite itself was beautiful and well worth the journey. Lessons learned: next time we’re just going to strap the canoe onto our car ourselves. Late April paddle through the Kawartha Highlands to celebrate the start of a new canoe season. The trail is … As we hiked from Copper Lake To Rathbun Lake, we passed by Copper Lake Falls which is a beautiful waterfall; a Kawartha Highlands oasis. AllTrails has 5 great views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. We took off from Copper Lake at around 9:30a.m. I actually used one for the first time this last summer too and didn’t mind it so much. Heading into the backcountry is always an adventure!! Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park was established in 2011. Footloose and kid-free, we launched for Serpentine Lake Loop at Anstruther Lake, Rd Access Point 5 in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. There were people parked next to us that had just returned as well and kindly let us use their phone since they had signal. There’s a small cove tucked behind the large rocky overcrop where the portage marker is that has a narrow, but flat beach. And I love that it’s very close to Toronto. Good luck with your search. Yes!! 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