Reid Lake Territorial Park
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Introduction

Reid Lake Territorial Park sits along the Ingraham Trail. It offers visitors breathtaking lake views with surrounding forest.

The park is a popular base camp for campers that are taking boating or canoeing trips through the connecting lake systems. Canoers can gain access via the park to the Lower Cameron River Canoe Route, both Jennejohn Canoe Routes, and three of the Ingraham Trail Canoe Routes.

Reid Lake Territorial Park also offers plenty of activities for those looking for a single day on the water. Boaters can watch for loons and eagles. Swimmers can enjoy a swimming beach with a nearby picnic area and playground.

Hikers can explore the lakeshore and forests in the park and connect with nearby hiking trails. At night, the area is known for spectacular views of the aurora borealis.

Reid Lake Campground offers RV camping from May through September. The campground features 65 gravel RV camp sites without hookups. Guests have access to pit toilets and showers are located near the campground. A sanitation station is located near the gatehouse. Pets must be leashed at all times and are not allowed in the beach area, washroom, or picnic areas.

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Transportation in Reid Lake Territorial Park

Driving

Reid Lake Territorial Park is located in Yellowknife, Canada, about a 5 hour drive northwest of Fort Providence, Northwest Territories.

The park is accessed via the Ingraham Trail, and sits between Tibbit Lake and Hidden Lake. Roads into Reid Lake Territorial Park are paved, but campsites in the Reid Lake Campground are gravel and can become rutted during rainy weather. All roads are accessible for RVs and vehicles towing trailers or boats.

Visitors can easily navigate the campground area and reach the day use areas by foot.

Bicycles are welcome at Reid Lake Provincial Park. There are no designated biking trails, but biking is allowed on all park and campground roads. All bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.

Guests can also navigate through the park by canoe and connect to the other lake systems and canoe routes on the Ingraham Trail.

Parking

Parking is available at the Reid Lake Campground with additional parking near the swimming beach. Park only in designated areas, and do not park along roadways.

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Campgrounds and parking in Reid Lake Territorial Park

Campsites in Reid Lake Territorial Park

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Reid Lake Campground

Reid Lake Campground offers RV camping from May through September. The campground features 65 gravel RV camp sites without hookups. Generator use is allowed except for during quiet hours from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. Guests have access to pit toilets and showers are located near the campground. A sanitation station is located near the gatehouse. Pets must be leashed at all times and are not allowed in the beach area, washroom, or picnic areas.

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Seasonal activities in Reid Lake Territorial Park

In-Season

Hiking

Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy the scenic water and forest views offered at Reid Lake Territorial Park. The park itself hosts several hiking trails that connect to further trail systems in the area. In the evening hours between late-August and mid-April hikers can see spectacular views of the aurora borealis. The natural phenomena is created by solar wind and the earth’s magnetic field. Visitors typically see swirling blue, green, yellow, and pink lights shimmering in the sky.

Boating

Reid Lake serves as a popular destination for boaters, especially those traveling through the surrounding lake system by power boat or canoe. From Reid Lake Territorial Park, canoeists can access the Lower Cameron River Canoe Route, both Jennejohn Canoe Route #1 and Jennejohn Canoe Route #2, and three of the additional Ingraham Canoe Routes. Reid Lake itself offers the perfect place for a leisurely day on the water. Boaters can often catch glimpses of loons and eagles overhead.

Swimming

Reid Lake sits on the Ingraham Trail. The trail’s connecting lake system makes it a popular destination for water lovers. During the warmer summer months, Reid Lake can be a fun destination for swimmers. A small, sandy swimming beach is located along the lakeshore. Lifeguards are not on duty, so swimmers should exercise caution and never swim alone. When the weather is cooler, the waters can grow quite cold. Swimming at these times is not recommended.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Reid Lake Territorial Park is a great spot for visitors to share a meal and scenic views. Picnic tables are located for visitor use throughout Reid Lake Campground. Additional picnic areas are located near the day use area and swimming beach. The picnic area near the swimming beach also includes a kitchen shelter for food prep. Firewood is available for purchase at the park gatehouse. Fires are permitted in designated fire pits only and are prohibited on the beach.

Wildlife Watching

Reid Lake Territorial Park offers a protected space for some of the Northwest Territories’ most majestic wildlife. The lake is home to a variety of waterfowl including loons and eagles. The surrounding forests are home to bears, fox, moose, lynx, and porcupines. Beavers are also common sights on the lake and in the surrounding waterways. Campers are reminded to never feed the animals and to properly discard of and store food so as not to attract wildlife to the campground.

Fishing

Reid Lake Territorial Park is popular with local and visiting fishermen. A variety of fish live in the lake including walleye and perch. Anglers can find a secluded spot on the shore to set up for the day, or fishermen can fish from the water instead. The lake allows both power boats and canoes. In the winter months, Reid Lake is open for ice fishing. All fishermen should be sure to have a current fishing license.

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