Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park: Serpentine Lake Loop (3 days / 20 km)

Kawartha Highlands is one of the newest provincial parks in Ontario. This park has no on-site facilities, visitor centre, or ranger station. This raw approach makes it a tripper’s dream, as once you leave the main put-in-point at Anstruther Lake, you leave the crowds behind.

Our 3-Day canoe trip through Kawartha Highlands was blessed with amazing weather, calm waters, and great company. And while the route does have its fair share of portages, only one was challenging, the rest were all just a chance to stretch our legs and grab a snack on dry land.

Trip Summary

Starting PointAnstruther Lake at Fire Route 60C. There is parking available on-site for those with a valid provincial park pass. If you don’t have a pass there is a payment box located within the parking lot.Ending PointAnstruther Lake at Fire Route 60CTrip Duration3 Days at a relaxed pace. The trip could easily be completed in two.Trip DifficultyBeginner (however there is one long portage to watch for)Total Distance20 kmTotal Portaging Distance: 2.3 km

Location: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is located about 1-hour north of Peterborough and about 27-minutes north of Burleigh Falls.

Traditional Territory: This route in the Kawartha Highlands is located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga, Anishinabewaki and Haudenosaunee (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park by Ontario Parks (Paper Map)

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

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsites need to be booked ahead of time. The park is increasing in popularity, and booking early is recommended, especially for the high season. You can access the park reservation system here. There are about 100 campsites spread throughout 17 lakes within the park. Campsites are well spread out.

Resources: Make sure to check out the Kawartha Highlands Provincial ...

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