Charleston Lake Provincial Park
|Charleston Lake Provincial Park|
Charleston Lake from Slim Bay bridge
|Area||23.53 km2 (9.08 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ontario Parks|
The park occupies 23.53 square kilometres (9.08 sq mi) in the Frontenac Axis region, a southern extension of the Canadian Shield. The park's forests and animal life, therefore, include species normally found further north, yet the southern climate allows species more typical for the southern latitude to co-exist with the northern species. The park includes hiking trails, swimming areas and campgrounds.
There are four yurts located in the Shady Ridge Campground; these yurts are not heated and do not have electricity. There is also a rustic cabin which is accessible by water and has lights and a small fridge which are solar-powered.
The lake includes a number of islands and has an irregular shoreline which makes it an interesting location for canoeing and kayaking. Blue Mountain, elevation 194 m (636 ft), is also within the park. The summit was the highest point of the former Leeds County, Ontario. The trail to Blue Mountain has two access points, by water from Huckleberry Hollow, and by land from the intersection of Warburton and Blue Mountain Roads.
Blue Mountain can be reached via Blue Mountain Road from Highway #2. Hikers have permission to cross private land and a well-marked trail leads to the summit with a panoramic 360° view. The trek requires approx. 2 to 2.5 hours on foot or 1.5 hrs. on bike, although cyclists must carry their bikes in many places where hard granite jets out of the earth below which forms the mountain. A compass may be useful for inexperienced hikers.
- "Roofed Accommodation - Charleston Lake - Yurts". Ontario Parks.
- "Roofed Accommodation - Charleston Lake - Tall Pines Cabin". Ontario Parks.
- Ontario Parks, 'Things to do'. Accessed 2014-05-11
- Blue Mountain Trail Map at Friends of Charleston Lake Park. Accessed 2014-05-10
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