New Park Info Guide Available below. Maps and Guides Section updated.
Slim Bay Bridge Update: As many who have been on the Westside trail know, the Slim Bay bridge suffered major damage from ice flows last winter. The Park and Friends are pursuing ways to fund a replacement. the first step is to remove the damaged parts of the bridge. Therefore, the bridge will not be passable. Well, it will not be there.... Please take this into account if you set out on the Westside Trail. We are working hard to replace it!
A New Park Camping Facility – Tall Pines, Eastern Water
Located just south of Huckleberry Hollow, accessible only by water, a restored cabin is now available for camping. Fully refurnished, it sets alone right on the beautiful, deep waters of the Lake. There is a new dock for canoe or boat, outdoor cooking facilities and ample bunk and bedroom space for up to 6 campers. All facilities are for remote camping, but in great style. There are solar powered interior lights, a mini-fridge and a propane BBQ. All cooking is outside, and there is a great outdoor fire pit for sitting out watching the sunset over the Eastern Water. There is a composting outhouse. You can canoe from Boathouse Bay in very little time, just under 2 km. . All the Park’s other facilities are available to you there.
For more information, and to reserve, go to Ontario Parks.
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News and Updates
Two Great Summer Events Booked: The Friends are sponsoring, in partnership with Ontario Parks, two major events:
Both events are open to campers and the public with Park admission. Both are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Friends Store Closing: With the growth of neighboring services to Park users both from local retail outlets and the Park itself, the operation of the Friends’ Store is no longer viable. Therefore, the Board has decided to close the Store, effective this year. Some popular items such as the Friends’ “I Brake for Snakes” T-shirts will be available through Park operations at the Gate and Main Building
We Have a Winner: The winner of our canoe this year, a 16' H20 Prospector, is Steve Sones, of Kingston, Ontario. The winner of the second prize was Michelle Vader, of St. Thomas. Ontario. Thank you to all who supported out work by buying a ticket.
Top Camping Site: Charleston Lake Park has been chosen as one of the top ten camping sites in Ontario and Quebec by Explore Magazine. For more information check out the website at http://www.explore-mag.com/10_Best_Campsites_in_Ontario__Quebec.
The Friends support the efforts of the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust, in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, to buy the land and shoreline that will protect Old Baldy, a great stone outcrop at the north end of the Lake. for more information, see the full brochure by Clicking Here or visit the website at http://www.tiwlt.ca/old-baldy.html