One of Saskatchewan’s five original provincial parks, Moose Mountain Provincial Park was established by the province in 1931. Located in southeastern Saskatchewan, the park is 24 km (14.9 miles) north of Carlyle. Moose Mountain Provincial Park is one of the few parks in Saskatchewan that has a town inside the park’s boundaries.
Inside the park, you will encounter stands of different types of trees along with numerous hills. The largest body of water in the park is Kenosee Lake and is the main attraction of the park for tourists, who can choose to participate in a variety of activities at the lake, including fishing, swimming, boating and water sports. There are plenty of other things to do inside the park (and outside of the lake), like hiking, cycling, biking, horseback riding, and hunting. In the winter, the park is a great place for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile riding. No matter the time of year, keep your eyes open; Moose Mountain Provincial Park is a great place to look out for wildlife!
Just outside the boundary of the park is the Resort Village of Kenosee Lake, located about five minutes from Fish Creek and Lynwood campgrounds. Inside the village, you can visit nightclubs, bars, restaurants, stores, and even a go-cart track. There is also a waterslide complex that operates from mid-June until late August, offering seven slides. Within the park, those who enjoy golfing will want to check out Golf Kenosee, which is a landscaped 18-hole golf course.
Moose Mountain Provincial Park is located 23 km (14.29 miles) north of Carlyle. From Carlyle, take Highway 9 north and then turn left onto Kenosee Drive/SK-209 W to enter the park. If you are coming from Regina, take SK-48 E to Kenosee Drive/SK-209 W. Upon reaching Kenosee Dr/SK-209 W, drive 1.1 km (.68 miles) to enter the park. Roads to the park are paved, making for an easy drive.
Parking is available throughout the park.
Public transportation is not available to Moose Mountain Provincial Park.
Moose Mountain Provincial Park offers two group campgrounds: Poplar Lane and Aspen Meadow. Located to the west of Fish Creek and Lynwood campgrounds, each group campground offers 15 nonelectric sites, and three or more camping units are required to qualify for a group campground reservation. Sites include fire pits and firewood, and also have access to water. Shower facilities are nearby, making it easy to clean up after a day of adventure! Group campgrounds can be reserved ahead of time and are perfect for family reunions or large get-togethers based at the park.
Smaller than Fish Creek Campground, the adjacent Lynwood Campground offers 30 campsites that are next to Kenosee Lake. Campsites with electrical hookups are available and the campground accommodates RV’s and trailers up to 40 feet in length. Enjoy relaxing in the forest while having easy access to restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Sites include a picnic table and barbecue making it easy to prepare your own meals during your visit. You will also be close to tennis courts and beach volleyball courts, we well as mini golf and other activities. Lynwood Campground is a great place to be situated for an adventure in Moose Mountain Provincial Park!
Situated in a provincial forest, Fish Creek Campground is located within 2 km (1.24 miles) of the majority of the park’s facilities. A variety of sites are available; electric hook-ups, full hook-ups, and non-electrical that can accommodate RV’s and trailers of varying lengths. The campground is on the north shore of Kenosee Lake, and each site includes a picnic table and barbecue. Restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities are available at the campground. Fish Creek Campground offers a great base to launch a myriad of adventures from; check out the nearby tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, baseball diamond, 18-hole golf course, mini golf, and more.
A popular activity in Moose Mountain Provincial Park is hiking. The park offers a 50 km (31.1 miles) network of trails that can be utilized by hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Individual trails accommodate hikers of a variety of skill levels. For example, there is the Beaver Lake Trail, which is 4.5 km (2.8 miles) long and well-maintained. The trail is wide, and it is not possible to get lost on, making it a perfect option for beginning hikers and those looking for a stroll where they can view beautiful scenery without breathing heavy. Evidence of the presence of beavers can be found throughout the trail, and there are interpretive signs along the way that help you to learn about the area.
The lakes of Moose Mountain Provincial Park offer the opportunity for both recreation and to cool off during warm weather. The park’s two main lakes are Kenosee and Little Kenosee. Kenosee Lake is home to the park’s main beach and swimming area, and nearby is a grassy area that includes a playground, picnic tables, and barbecues. A boat launch is available at Kenosee Lake, allow you to get your watercraft out on the water. Since Little Kenosee Lake is a non-motorized lake, it is an ideal place for a kayaking or canoeing adventure. When the weather is warm, enjoy a dip in either lake and feel rejuvenated before tackling your next adventure!
Moose Mountain Provincial Park has ATV trails for you to explore during your visit. Enjoy an adrenaline rush as you maneuver your vehicle through gorgeous scenery. When riding an ATV, you must stay on the designated ATV trails that are open from June 15 through Labor Day. Before going for a ride, make sure to get a permit (free of charge) from the visitor’s center. ATVs must be trailered to the trailhead; make sure to call the park before your visit to be sure that the trails are open as they close on occasion for maintenance.
The extensive trail system of Moose Mountain Provincial Park is not just for hiking during warmer weather months. When there is snow on the ground, get out your cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit the trails. You can explore the park and enjoy its winter scenery along with the peace and quiet that results from fewer visitors. Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and perhaps even pack a thermos of hot chocolate to enjoy as a treat during a break.
Saskatchewan includes a snowmobile trail system with over 10,000 kilometers of groomed trails that pass through cities, towns and even a few provincial parks, including Moose Mountain. A sort of snowmobiling hub for the area, you can ride a snowmobile in from a surrounding town or gets started right in the park. You can easily visit businesses by snowmobile that are right off the trail. The trail will also take you to places that you would not be able to get to by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing. Riding a snowmobile will be an adventure in and of itself; an added bonus is that you can get to the places you want to go!
A fun wintertime activity in Moose Mountain Provincial Park is to climb aboard a toboggan and enjoy a thrilling ride. Located in the park is “Toboggan Hill", which is a pretty steep hill. So steep is Toboggan Hill that people will often bail before getting to the bottom or start partway up the hill. Next to Toboggan Hill is “Bunny Hill”. This hill is not as large or as steep, making it an ideal experience for young children as well as those looking for a somewhat more mellow experience. At the base of both of the hills there is a shelter with plenty of wood; perfect to warm up or even have a wiener roast.