Sioux Narrows Provincial Park

Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021

Sioux Narrows Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake of the Woods in northwestern Ontario. Lake of the Woods contains over 14,000 islands and has a long shoreline, which means there are plenty of recreational opportunities to be found in and on the water, including swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing.

After spending the afternoon at Caliper Lake Provincial Lake, we arrived at Sioux Narrows just before 5:30p.m. Unfortunately the Park Office was closed for the day.

We drove to the day-use and beach area to check out the shoreline. There’s a nice sandy beach, which looked perfect for swimming. The clouds had finally cleared and the sun was low in the horizon, which casted a nice soft glow on the water.

The trailhead for the Lookout Point Trail (1.5km loop, rated easy) is located just west of the beach. The path winds through the forest and leads to a nice overlook of Lake of the Woods and the surrounding area. The trail is well signed with arrows and ten numbered posts (although some of the numbers have fallen off).

The path is wide, but involves some steep hills and rocky outcrops. But it’s all worth it for the views. Near the lake, the path becomes a bit unclear and branches off in a few different directions. We followed a narrow path that crosses a rocky outcrop to see more of the lake. We eventually came across another trail marker so it all worked out.

Besides the nice views of the lake, the variety of mushrooms that we found through the forest was the other major highlight of the trail.

From the lookout of Lake of the Woods, it’s a short stretch back to the trailhead. We walked through the day-use area again to get to the parking lot. From here it’s a 30 minute drive to Rushing River Provincial Park where we planned to spend the night.

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My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here

75 thoughts on “Sioux Narrows Provincial Park

  1. Ab says:

    That second last mushroom looks like it’s right out of Super Mario Bros! It’s so fascinating how varied the wild mushrooms grow!

    It’s too bad the park was closed but it’s nice that you still got to see part of it including the beach.

    I’m trying to imagine how it could contain that many islands in the Lake of the Woods. That is a pretty cool stat!

    Lastly, the Artist in the Park program (pictured on the sign) sounds very intriguing.

    Happy Friday. We made it to the weekend.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      This area in northwestern Ontario had the best variety and types of mushrooms that I’ve ever seen. It was such an unexpected surprise and gave us something new to look out for while on the trail. Lake of the Woods is pretty fascinating. You should look it up on Google Maps where you can see all the various islands scattered throughout the lake. The Artist in the Park program does sound neat. It’s a one-day event at the park where Lake of the Woods artists can display and sell their art work at Sioux Narrows Provincial Park.

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far. It goes by so quickly sometimes.

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  2. kagould17 says:

    Great variety of mushrooms here for sure. I have seen some of them in Alberta, but not in such big clumps. Nice hazy sunset views. When we came across Ontario in late September, many of the parks in Manitoba and Ontario were closing up shop for the season. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday. Allan

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We were blown away by the quantity and quality of mushrooms we found in the Lake of the Woods area in Ontario. I just love how they are all so unique. I can see why some of the parks in Northern Ontario close early in the fall as there aren’t too many visitors. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Linda

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Lake of the Woods looks like such a beautiful area to explore with all the various islands. Some of the best mushrooms I’ve ever seen were at the provincial parks in the Lake of the Woods area. I would love to return in the summer someday to do some swimming in canoeing in the lake. Take care. Linda

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s too bad we couldn’t have spend more time in the Lake of the Woods area as it’s really beautiful. It would be neat to canoe through here and explore some of the various islands. At least we managed to visit a couple of provincial parks along the shore, which provided some lovely hiking trails and views of the lake.

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  3. ourcrossings says:

    The Lake of the Woods contains 14 thousand islands? – it sounds like an amazing place for canoeing, fishing & camping and I’d say you have to experience this lake in person to really understand how magnificent it is. The views of the lake are so beautiful and so is the sunset. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s neat to look up Lake of the Woods on Google Maps and see all the specs of green for all the various islands. It’s such a beautiful area and I wish we could have spent more time in and on the water. It does sound like an awesome place for water-based recreational activities. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Linda

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  4. Bama says:

    It’s intriguing to know that the Lake of the Woods has almost as many islands as the entire length of Indonesia! Although the latter, of course, includes some of the world’s biggest islands. But still, that number for a lake is impressive. That mushroom in the second last photo does look like something straight out of Mario Bros, as pointed out by AB.

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      That’s crazy. Lake of the Woods is a pretty big lake, but many of the islands are teeny tiny. We only explored a small portion of it, but I would love to return someday as it’s quite beautiful. There were so many mushrooms in this area when we visited. I love how each one is just so unique. Agreed, the second mushroom does look a bit like it belongs in Super Mario. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Linda

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  5. annemariedemyen says:

    Beautiful photos as always. We seem to have more wild mushrooms growing around here than ever before. I keep finding new patches in our yard every summer. I try to get rid of them before Kat finds them as she will eat them all.

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  6. Book Club Mom says:

    I’ve become slightly obsessed with mushrooms lately and looked for them every time I went out for a walk this fall. That yellow one with the polka dots is poisonous – I found one almost exactly like it and my friend and I looked it up! So pretty though 🙂 I like those other ones too – the big ones look inverted!

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The sun was just starting to set and it casted such a lovely glow through the forest and on the water. I was surprised that there were so many mushrooms along the trail. It was the perfect reminder for us to slow down, watch our step, and look more closely at our surroundings. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment. Linda

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    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount and variety of mushrooms that we found through the forest in this part of Ontario. The sun was very pretty and it seems like we arrived at the park at a great time to watch it start to set.

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