Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Bottle Lake to Sucker Lake (3 days / 8 km)

Trip Report - Kawartha Bottle Lake to Sucker Lake

This is a flatwater canoe route within Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park located in Central Ontario. The Bottle Lake access point is found on Bottle Lake Rd off of Hwy 507. There is a large parking lot with ample parking and vaulted toilets but no garbage facilities.

This route is perfect for families with young children or anyone looking for an easy introduction into backcountry canoe camping. Portages are easy to locate with well-marked provincial park signage. The area is patrolled regularly by park wardens looking to confirm camper reservations and permits, as this is a high-use area.

Trip Completed: September 2022

Trip Summary

Location: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Algonquin and Anishinabewaki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: No guidebook was used.

Map: Unlostify: Kawartha Highlands

Route Map: Click here to view and modify this route in the interactive Route Planner

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Reservations are required and can be made through the Ontario Parks Reservation System. Select the 'Backcountry' tab, then select "Kawartha Highlands" for the destination and "Bottle Lake Access Point" for the access point.

Permits: Permits must be printed and carried with you at all times while traveling within the park.

Know Before You Go

Season: This is a great route in any season.

Cell Reception: There is limited and spotty cell reception throughout the area.

Water: There is easy access to water that can be filtered for drinking.

Wildlife: This area is home to lots of wildlife, including black bears, and hanging food is recommended.

Waste: There are thunderboxes on the campsites in this area. There are no garbage facilities so be prepared to take your garbage home with you.

Outfitters & Shuttles

Outfitter: There are no outfitters in the immediate area. Wildrock ...

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