|"Bev that's a Snapping Turtle. You might not want to get too close?"|
We arrived at White Lake Provincial Park and the staff said the bugs were bad, so we got prepared. It seems the staff at White Lake either doesn't know what bad is or at least have never been to Mississagi to experience true bug badness. Due to a bridge closure on the Trans-Canada Highway we had to rush this provincial park and to give you a sense of what that's like... here we go. We set up in half an hour at site 84.
|Site #84 all set up and ready to go. Bev waiting for me to take the picture so we can go... for a hike.|
|I don't know about the whole beach but there were leaches a few feet in so for us = no swimming.|
|A Swamp Sparrow I think?|
|If you look really closely I think it's a Black-throated Sparrow. But why won't it look at me?|
|I know there are 4 baby Ruffed Grouse in this picture.|
|The easy one is on the branch. Then the 2 down and to the left behind the Bunchberry plants. And the last one is on the white moss to the left of the 2.|
|Bev giving her Blue Steel pose with the Water Sleigh.|
The Best Sites are # 6, 8, 12, 13, 57, 61, 63, 69, 73, 80, 81, 84, 85, 86, 89, 90, 92, 97, 101, 156, 159, 161, 164, 165, 169. The cream of the crop are 6, 8, 12, 13, 80, 81, 84, 85, 86, 159, 161, 164, 165 because of how close they are to the water.
|View of the lake from site #84. And the fire pit is pointing the right way.|
After a great morning warm-up we hiked the Tiny Bog Trail (4.5 km) about 1 hour and a half. This trail was at one time about viewing spots, but I think nature has taken them back. Here is viewing spot number one.
|Score one for the trees and zero for the views.|
|Hence the reason White Lake has fewer bugs.|
|"Find your own place to sit! Can't you see we are sunbathing. Martha cover yourself."|
Site Cleanliness: Great. Not much garbage at all and in the park guide they have an article on how to treat the tree's in the provincial parks I think every park should adopt and put in their guides. Skip the tick warning and focus on how to preserve the campgrounds for future generations.
Privacy: I would say 75% of the sites have some privacy, but because there is so much fishing there are so many pull through sites. The cream of the crop sites are all completely private.
Hiking and Activities: Fantastic. There are four hikes, canoeing, swimming, fishing and birding (as long as you are not taking pictures - brutal). The park also offers guided hikes and children's programs on the weekends, guest speakers, and Log Drive Days where the park celebrates the area's logging history.
Beach Quality or Ease of Getting to the Water: This park was made for ease of getting to the water as it is the reason most people come to here. Beach quality I'm giving a 'be aware' that there are leeches in the water, but again maybe somehow in the roped off swimming area they have found a way to get rid of them. (Maybe they have paid fish to guard the swimming areas?)
Recommended Length of Stay: I'm going to say 5 days as you could fish every morning and evening and still go for a hike everyday or a canoe in the afternoon. You would not get bored -- let's put it that way.
Overall Impression: As with all the northern parks I was very impressed, I just wish we caught a fish.
Rating out of 103: Because of a slight difference in beauty and leeches I am placing White Lake Provincial Park at number 30 and moving Chutes back to 29. White lake is just going to have to accept that it's a little bit older, but looking good for it's age whereas Chutes can keep lying to itself. 29 for ever baby!
Again if you're keeping track:
#22 Wakami Lake
#26 Pancake Bay
#30 White Lake
#51.5 Silent Lake
#53 Point Farms
#92 Rainbow Falls
#101 Turkey Point
#102 Bronte Creek
|Showing off the "White" before a hike at White Lake.|