Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2021
Mikisew Provincial Park is located on Eagle Lake near South River. It was named after the Ojibwe word for eagle. It offers a slew of outdoor recreational activities including some usual ones like fishing, swimming and hiking, and some unusual ones like disc golf and paddleboarding.
After spending the last couple of nights at Restoule, it was time to move on. We woke up bright and early and arrived at Mikisew at 9:45a.m. We were eager to hit the trails.
Mikisew offers five hiking trails, all of which can be combined to form a longer 5.4km continuous loop. We parked at the beach area in the Hardwood Campground and found the trailhead for the Lakeview Trail (300m one-way) at the southern edge of the beach. The trail hugs the shoreline of Eagle Lake and leads to a point jutting out along the water.
The trail connects with the Point Trail (300m one-way) and continues to follow the shore of the lake, ending at another beach area. From here we walked along the road for a short stretch to reach the Old Dog Trail (800m one-way). The path winds into the forest and meets up with the Maple Canyon Trail. Alternatively you could turn right to access the Beaver Meadow Trail and the road back to the Park Office. There were a few muddy patches and hordes of mosquitoes along the way. Good thing we came prepared with insect repellent.
The Maple Canyon Trail (2.3km loop) continues to weave deeper through the forest and is marked with blue posts. The trail showcases two rocky outcrops and a changing forest.
The trail leads to the Beaver Meadow Trail (2km loop) and the junction is signed with a post with a red and blue marker. This time we followed the red posts through the forest. Alternatively there’s a short connector path that leads back to the main road and Park Office for those who have had enough hiking.
Much of the path winds through the woods, but there are a couple of scenic lookouts of the marsh, including a small boardwalk.
The final stretch of the trail runs through the disc golf area. Mikisew offers two courses, a smaller 9-hole course, which is meant for beginners or a warm-up, and a larger 18-hole course. Discs are for sale or rental at the Park Office across the road from the courses.
The trail comes out to the road, which we walked along this for a short stretch into the campground and back to the beach area where we parked. We then hopped back in our car and continued driving south towards Huntsville.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here