Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Long Lake to Cherry Lake (2 days / 21 km)

Trip Report - Kawartha Long and Cherry Lakes

This trip starts at the Long Lake Access Point located at the end of Long Lake Rd, off of Hwy 28 south of the town of Apsley Ontario. The access point is technically on the property of Long Lake Lodge so be very careful to use the appropriate provincial park parking and launching spot. DO NOT use the docks for launching canoes as the lodge owners are adamantly against this and instead, use the sandy beach as your put-in. There are bathrooms available to park users but there are no other park facilities.

You will find the standard billboard map of the area located at the put-in and here you will find a form to fill out with basic reservation details to be left on your vehicle’s dashboard. Vehicles are checked regularly by park wardens.

This route is suitable for intermediate paddlers due to long days of travel and some challenging sections during low water conditions.

Trip Completed: September 2022

Trip Summary

Location: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

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

Maps and Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: Unlostify: Kawartha Highlands

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

Permits and 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 “Long Lake Access Point” for the access point.

Permits: Permits must be printed and brought with you. There is a small form to be left in your vehicle with basic reservation details that can be obtained at the Long Lake access point.

Know Before You Go

Season: The best time of year to travel this route would be in spring and early summer as water levels get low in mid to late summer. We did the route in September and water levels were a bit low.

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