Woodland Caribou Provincial Park
One of the largest herds of woodland caribou south of Hudson Bay inhabits this northern Ontario wilderness. Ancient pictographs along waterways document the journeys of the Ojibway. Today, experienced canoe trippers and sport fishing enthusiasts enter this remote, silent park by paddling or flying into camps or lodges. Woodland Caribou offers 1,000 back-country campsites for the wilderness adventurer. Four lodges and several outpost camps are primarily accessible by aircraft and by water from Red Lake. Anglers travel to this wilderness park to fish for walleye, northern pike, and lake trout.
With over 1,600 km of connecting lakes and rivers to choose from, canoeists can plan unique circuits through the park. Located in the Arctic watershed, the park's two principal river systems, the Bloodvein in the north and the Gammon in the south flow westerly into Lake Winnipeg and eventually into Hudson Bay.
Animals in this park are typical of the boreal forest and more western habitats. They include caribou, moose, black bear, beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, marten, fisher, wolverine, weasel, lynx, fox, and timber wolf. Other inhabitants include green frogs, snapping and painted turtles, and 100 species of birds, including bald eagles, ospreys, terns, pelicans, and great blue herons. The park's elusive woodland caribou herd and a colony of prairie Franklin's ground squirrels are found only in this region of Ontario.
Pakwash Provincial Park
Pakwash is a beautiful Provincial Park located just 19 km. north of Ear Falls on Pakwash Lake. Pakwash has a 1.5 km sand beach and a scenic nature trail, complete with an observation tower overlooking a wetland that is full of life. There is a large open field for picnics or gatherings (complete with a playground for the kids), and a covered pavilion for relief from the rain and sun. The park also has a boat launch for access to the great fishing on Pakwash Lake and its connecting rivers.
- 15 campsites complete with electricity
- 10 sites in the same area without electricity
- 37 non-electrical sites located on the top half of the park
- a large open campsite for group camping
- 8 sites along the beach
- 67-bed facility available for special events, tree planters, etc.
Drinking water taps are located around the park along with washrooms. There are public showers and washrooms, a trailer dump station, along with pre-cut firewood for your added convenience. In the summer the park hosts the Pakwash "Play Day" with games for the kids as well as activities for the adults.