Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: September 2021
Rushing River Provincial Park is located near Kenora, which is close to the Manitoba border. The Rushing River flows through part of the park and features a series of rapids and cascades over the rocks that have been carved by glaciers. The park offers swimming, canoeing, hiking and camping and a few other activities to enjoy the water and wilderness.
We arrived at Rushing River just before 7pm and checked in at the park office. We then drove to our site to set up our tents and make dinner. Most of the campground was empty and there weren’t many other campers. That’s just how we like it.
While most of the campsites were out in the open, we had a nice secluded spot along the water. We even had our own path to a large rocky ledge that overlooked the boat launch.
We heated up some soup for dinner and then started a fire. It was the perfect way to end the day and stay warm as the sun set.
We woke up bright and early the next day to take advantage of the nice weather. It was supposed to go up to a high of 25°C this afternoon. We first did a load of laundry at the comfort station, made a cup of tea, then went to hike along the Lower Rapids Trail (1.8km loop, rated moderate). The trailhead is located at the park entrance. There’s a small parking lot and description and map of the trail.
We crossed the road and found the path easy enough. The trail follows what may have been an old portage around the rapids and waterfalls. It consists of a few boardwalks and stairs and there are a number of viewpoints that overlook the river. After crossing a bridge, the trail loops back around the other side of the river and leads out to the road.
We then drove back to the campground to put our clothes in the dryer. While we were waiting for our laundry to finish, we made some breakfast. Afterwards we hiked along the Beaver Pond Trail (1.1km loop, rated easy). The trailhead is located between sites #102 and #103, however, there is no official parking lot to access the trail. Since the campground was mostly empty, we parked at an empty site instead.
The trail loops through the forest and follows the shore of a beaver pond. Midway through the path branches off at the bridge and connects with the Granite Knoll Trail (2.7km loop, rated moderate). We followed along the Granite Knoll Trail for a hundred metres to get a nice view overlooking Dogtooth Lake. We then turned around and continued hiking along the Beaver Pond Trail.
Once we wrapped up our hike, we drove to our campsite to pack up our tents. We headed out shortly before noon.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here