Kettle Lakes (Ontario, Canada) is a place that has been on our radar for quite some time. We’ve always heard good things about it, and since we’ve decided to focus our upcoming travels on exploring Northern Ontario, it seemed like the perfect place to take our kids camping for the first time!
We have been wanting to get back into camping for quite a long time; Six years, to be exact. After Ethan was born we started looking at buying a tent trailer to make it easier on ourselves, and one thing or another always seemed to get in the way. Six years and two more children later, we have finally done it! With children and tent trailer in tow, we headed to Kettle Lakes for 4 days of exploration!
We stayed at #4 in The Pines campground. You will find this campground noticeably more quiet and much less crowded, and the sites are a decent size for families. Consider choosing a site that is close to a washroom. With small bladders along, you don’t want to walk a long distance every time someone needs to go (especially in the middle of the night). The washroom ended up being closer than expected (literally directly behind us). We worried this would make for heavy foot traffic, but that was not the case at all. The site was fairly quiet and private, and the area near the washroom worked well as extra space for the kids to stretch their legs. Keep reading below for Kettle Lakes facts and facility information…
Kettle Lakes Facts
Kettle Lakes is generally open for camping from mid-May to mid-October
1350 Municipal Road
- Twenty-two deep, spring-fed kettle lakes formed by glaciers
- Primarily Jack Pine Boreal Forest, with great blueberry picking in August
- Kettle Lakes offers two campgrounds: The Pines and Island Lake
- Campgrounds accommodate both tents and large trailers
- Many campsites offer electrical hook-up
- Water taps, comfort stations with hot water, showers and laundry facilities are close by
- Laundry facilities are available at the Island Lake Campground comfort station
- There is a pet exercise area at Green Lake where your best friend can enjoy a swim in the lake
- Many lakes are stocked with Rainbow and Brook Trout for excellent fishing
- Fourteen kilometers of biking trails
- Interpretive programs for the whole family
- Swimming is available at Island Lake adjacent to the campground, and also at Slab Lake
- Birdwatch for woodpeckers, grouse, warblers, loons and a variety of waterfowl
- A boat launch is available at Hughes Lake
- Rentals are available for canoes and paddle boats (both come with PFDs), bicycles, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and a picnic shelter. Trailer storage is available in the park. The park also has a Tackleshare program which lends out fishing rods and tackle to park visitors, free of charge
We got unlucky with weather. It rained the entire time we were there. Even so, we loved this park! The area was beautiful and there was always a lot for us to do! With umbrellas and rain coats there was no reason for us to be bored. We are hoping to go back this summer, so I should be able to get pictures of the Slab Lake beach we missed (too cold for beaches) during our visit and I will update this post as we spend more time there! In the meantime, we all highly suggest you spend some time at Kettle Lakes the next time you’re in Northern Ontario.
You can view site maps and book your trip easily HERE on there Ontario Parks website.
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