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.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here