Along with Woodland Caribou Park, there is also Pakwash Park. This park spans a 1.5 km sandy beach, a campground and nature trails which hold abundance of wild berries and many opportunities to spot a variety of wildlife.
If you go about 4 km east you will come across the mining town of Balmertown. This town is home to the Evolution Mining Red Lake Operation (formerly known as Dickenson Mine and Placer Dome Campbell Mines). Evolution Mining Red Lake Operation is one of Canada's major gold producing mines and is the backbone of Red Lake District. Besides the mine, Balmertown also offers recreational facilities for all ages, swimming, bowling, fitness rooms at the Evolution Mining Recreation Complex, curling and a 18 hole golf course.
If you are in Balmertown strolling down the street between 3:30-5:00 p.m. and the ground has a low, slow rumble after a loud KABOOM!!!, don't be alarmed it is not an earthquake. It is just miners using explosives 3,000 feet below the surface to remove rock in the mines.
Another town in the Municipality of Red Lake is Cochenour. This town dates back to the 30's and is located at the end of highway 125. It has a population of 550 and is a friendly community. Cochenour harbors a modern arena, a tobogganing hill, a children's park, and three beaches within minutes from the center of town.
Along with Cochenour is McKenzie Island which is across a one kilometre channel and has a population of 150. To visit McKenzie Island in the summer, you need to take a ferry and in the winter an ice road is the access you have to take. The main attraction of this town is the abundance of the cross country ski trails. The history of McKenzie Island can been seen all around you when you are there.
To go back in time of the Great Gold Rush Era you should go to Madsen and Starratt Olsen. In Madsen, Pure Gold has re-opened the mine and the community still survives. Many of the buildings are closed but you can still see original buildings such as the post office. Just a few kilometers from Madsen is the community of Starratt Olsen.
An abundance of natural resources, modern communities and friendly people make the Municipality of Red Lake a great place to live and visit.
For more information about the Municipality of Red Lake,
please visit their website at www.redlake.ca