Esker Lakes Provincial Park
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Introduction

Situated in a boreal forest setting, and blessed with several cold water lakes, Esker Lakes Provincial Park is a wonderful space to enjoy RV vacations. This 65 sq. km. (25 sq. mile) provincial park located northeast of Kirkland Lake, along Highway 672, Ontario, offers great recreational opportunities for RV campers to enjoy fun activities while on vacation. Some of the activities that campers can engage in at the park include hiking, canoeing, fishing, bird viewing, swimming, wildlife watching, flora observation, park programs, picnicking, and photography.

The park features about 100 RV campsites that are equipped with nice amenities that make campers enjoy home away from home. More than half of the campsites in the campgrounds are equipped with electric hookups for RVs. Facilities and amenities available in the park include group camps, backcountry camps, comfort stations, docks, dog beach, and fish cleaning station. There are also laundry facilities, a picnic shelter, playground, rental facilities for canoes and paddles, showers, pit and vault toilets, trailer dump station, and a Visitor Center.

Esker Lakes Provincial Park was established in 1957.

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Transportation in Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Driving

Located northeast of Kirkland Lake, along Highway 672, Ontario, Ester Lakes Provincial Park is a simple drive-in park that is easy to locate and access whether by RVs, trailers, or other motorized vehicles. The network of roads in the park connect the different areas and campgrounds and offer easy navigation to sites of interest. There are no driving restrictions within Esker Lakes Provincial Park.

Parking

Multiple options for parking are available at Esker Lakes Provincial Park thanks to the 10 parking lots distributed around the park’s areas. You’ll find five of these parking areas around the campgrounds in the park. Additionally, there is the option of parking at one’s respective campsites in the campgrounds. Even more, overnight parking is available at the campground.

Public Transport

Ontario Northland offers bus services from Toronto to Esker Lakes Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Campsites in Esker Lakes Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Hilltop Campground

Hilltop Campground in Esker Lakes Provincial Park consists of 16 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. There are no hookup options for RVs in the campground. RV length limit in the campground is 32 ft (10 m). Amenities available in the park include water taps, pit/vault toilets, access to trailheads, and a parking lot nearby.

Lakeside Campground

Lakeside Campground in Esker Lakes Provincial Park consists of 21 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. None of the campsites in the campground is equipped with hookup options for RVs. RV length limit in the campground is 32 ft (10 m), however RV campers with larger rigs can contact the park ahead to find out if space is available.

Amenities available in the campground include water taps, restrooms with showers, pit/vault toilets, waterfront access, access to trailheads, horseshoes, playground. Parking lot is close by.

Sunny Point Campground

Sunny Point Campground in Esker Lakes Provincial Park features 66 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. A number of campsites are wheelchair accessible. 64 campsites in the campground are equipped with electric hookups for RVs. RV length limit in the campground is 32 ft (10 m), however RV campers with larger rigs can contact the park ahead to find out if space is available.

Amenities available in Esker Lakes Provincial Park include water taps, pit/vault toilets, restrooms with showers, access to trailheads, and parking lots.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Esker Lakes Provincial Park

In-Season

Fishing

Excellent fishing opportunities are available at Esker Lakes Provincial Park, as the park features several lakes. Fish species in the park vary from lake trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, yellow perch, to northern pike. Anglers are required to have a valid fishing license to enjoy fishing in the park.

Canoeing

The picturesque lakes that dominate Esker Lakes Provincial Park provide amazing canoeing opportunities for RV campers. The lakes, which are separated by short portages, make the park an ideal setting for paddling. Panagapka Lake alone has around 15 km (8 miles) of canoe routes as well as a canoe launching site. Not only are the lakes great for paddling, but they also offer plenty of side trips for paddlers. Canoe rental facilities are available in the park, in addition to personal flotation device and paddle rentals.

Hiking

There are four different hiking trails at Esker Lakes Provincial Park; Prospector’s Trails, Lonesome Bog Trail, Recreation Trail, and Trapper’s Trail.

Prospector’s Trail is 1.4 km (0.9 miles) long and follows the southeast shore of Panagapka Lake to many of the facilities in the park. Lonesome Bog Trail, a 1.5 km (0.9 mile) easy hiking trail, encircles Sausage Lake, a bog, and a wetland in the park. RV campers can also hike on the meandering Recreation Trail which is 1.5 km (0.9 mile) long and offers interesting options for walking or taking a run. Trapper’s trail features three loops which are 9 km (5.6 miles), 14 km (8.8 miles), and 20 km (12.5 miles) long, offering RV campers the chance to choose which one is appropriate based on fitness levels.

Off-Season

Discovery Program

Esker Lakes Provincial Park hosts a Discovery Program for RV campers of all ages to provide education about the park’s features and history, as well as provide opportunities to explore the wonders of the park. The program is anchored by park staff/rangers.

Swimming

There are two beach areas at Esker Lakes Provincial park, both located on Panagapka Lake. One is by Sunny Point Campground, while the other is at the Day Use Area. The two beaches in the park are available for RV campers to enjoy swimming.

Birding

The situation of Esker Lakes Provincial Park in a vast Boreal Forest makes it a home to numerous bird species, including migratory birds. Examples of such migratory birds that are commonly seen in the park are thrushes, colorful warblers, hawks, flycatchers, and owls. Birds available in the park all year round include various woodpeckers, red-breasted Nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, and the friendly Gray Jay.

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