White Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern Ontario approximately 40 kilometres west of White River and 50 kilometres east of Marathon along Highway 17. White Lake campground is located, directly across the mouth of the White River from Pic Mobert First Nation. The Provincial Park is the first campground inside of the Thunder Bay District as you are heading west.
White Lake Provincial Park – The Campground
White Lake Park has a total a 187 campsites with approximately 60 having electrical hookups. The Park is broken down into three separate campgrounds, Woodlily, Moccasin Flower and Sundew. Moccasin Flower is centrally located and has the campground’s only comfort station with flush toilets and showers. White Lake Provincial Park has one large group camp site that can accommodate up to 60 people, the group site is on the way into the park after the Gatehouse.
White Lake has a long history in the timber industry. Logs would be run down the river in the early 1900’s. The town museum in nearby White River has many pictures and artifacts of the logging industry including old axes that were found on the bottom of the White Lake. Logging is a significant industry in the town of White River and the saw mill is still running today as White River Forest Products. White River Forest Products is a collaborative effort between the town of White River and Pic Mobert First Nation.
What to do at White Lake Provincial Park?
The Park features two buoyed beach areas for swimming as well as multiple campsites that are right on the water. White Lake is a beautiful lake for swimming with clean, clear water and gets progressively deeper at both beaches. The main swimming beach has a large field just up from it that is great for playing catch or Frisbee.
There are also many smaller lakes within the park which are very serene settings for canoeing. Deer Lake, located beside the amphitheatre, provides a quiet calm lake for canoeing. The wildlife, such as beavers and birds love this lake. Clearwater Lake, which is completely spring fed, provides many of the same opportunities as Deer Lake.
The Provincial Park has a great outdoor education program complete with Amphitheatre. It is a bit of a ride from the park but many of the programs feature reminders of the logging history in the area.
Fishing at White Lake Provincial Park
White Lake has some of the best Walleye fishing in Northern Ontario. There are multiple sites on the Lake as well as up the White River that are hotbeds for Walleye.
There aren’t really any areas on the lake where fish aren’t caught but one of the best holes is Clay Bay. Clay Bay is located on the other side of White Lake, which can get choppy, but the rewards far outweigh a rough ride. Many of the Walleye pulled out of the lake are of a good size as well.
The Provincial Park has a fish cleaning hut right at the boat launch. There is plenty of parking at the boat launch for trailers so that they don’t take up too much of your site.
White Lake Provincial Park is a park between White River and Marathon that shouldn’t be missed. You can feel the history in the air.