Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Apsley
(3.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is a 375km2 area of preserved wilderness and recreational areas in south-central Ontario, Canada. It is located to the north and east of the main belt of the Kawartha lakes primarily in the township of North Kawartha. It is the largest single area of preserved land in the southern part of the province .The park was expanded from its original size of 18.6km2 to its current size in June 2003. It was previously a mostly-wilderness tract enclosing Bottle Lake and Sucker Lake, and accessible primarily by canoe, many by portage routes only. It now encloses many more small lakes as well as all of Anstruther Lake, and has many cottages and access roads.As of May 2011 the park officially became operational and ministry permits for camping and parking are now required. Campsites are designated and provided with picnic tables, fire rings and thunder boxes Official Ontario Parks' maps indicate the park boundaries and exclude small tracts of land which contain pre-existing cottages. Additionally, some cottages on Serpentine and Copper Lakes remain without owning land remain and continue to use motor boats.Municipally, the park is completely within Peterborough County; about two-thirds of its area is in the township of North Kawartha, and the remaining western portion is in the township of Trent Lakes.
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  • We entered the Anstruther Marina site and parked our vehicles. Then a woman came shouting at us to leave. She told us this was private property . There was no board indicating that this was private pr...  more »
  • I have canoe-tripped in this park 3 times now, and have never been disappointed. We always use the Anstruther Marina as our access and outfitters- they are friendly and helpful and a pleasure to deal ...  more »
  • We took our 8 yo on his first backcountry canoe trip to Sucker Lake from the Bottle Lake Access and stayed at site 120 for two nights. The 90m portage between the lakes keeps Sucker Lake a motor-free ...  more »
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  • Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is an enormous territory with beautiful nature, full of private cottages, a marine, and a camping site. This place is not for picnics or hiking, feels like not for "ordinary people". Only if you have a property there or you have a reservation then you will be welcomed there and the stuff will be hospitable to you.
  • I enjoy this park. It's best once you get off the lakes with boats and cottages. We've seen deer, beaver, Martin, bald eagle, snakes, a couple different kinds of turtles, and a few other animals, and have also caught a couple of fish over the years.
  • Pros: Beautiful scenery, lakes, wildlife, and campsites were fantastic and well maintained. Outfitter right at access point is convenient. Nice to have sites accessible by canoe without portage as my ankle was recovering from injury and makes packing easier. Camp staff were friendly and helpful. Cons: Nowhere does it say on website there are cottages in this park with motorboats. We got the feeling that they didn't like the campers very much. Blasting Katy Perry all day everyday and night, motorboats coming within 10m of our shoreline while we were sitting there causing huge waves to splash up, 10,000 lumen light shinning at our site from across the lake the entire night ruins star gazing, driving by our canoe with motorboat at full speed at an unsafe distance. Why the hate on some quiet campers who enjoy the outdoors? or maybe just ignorantly obnoxious? (Not all of the cottagers but enough to impact our enjoyment). Either way next time will book a site past a couple portages so we aren't bothered. Under other circumstances I would chalk it up to just enjoying a cottage weekend but when we had expectations of quiet wilderness it was an unwelcome surprise.
  • I have been here many times for backcountry camping and it is always an amazing experience. The park is well organized and well maintained. The website allows you to view photos and information of sites before you book, and you can book the exact site you want which I love (different from Algonquin Park where you can only book the lake). All of the portages were clearly labeled and the campsites come equipped with a picnic table and firepit with grill. I highly recommend this park for weekend trips and for people with all levels of experience. And of course the scenery is beautiful.
  • Many lakes are just beautiful and breath taking just the expansion of the park and it's rules suck. Use to be more populated and see fellow hikers thru there. Now it's over grown and need a indigenous native guide to help one thru the park. Lucky a few of us knew the trails before the park expanded and would take care of those trails but due to new rules and regulations can't do so anymore. Aside from the management it's a great area.