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Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Lansdowne

(4.5/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
Charleston Lake Provincial Park is located on Charleston Lake near Athens, Ontario, Canada in the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.The park occupies in the Frontenac Axis region, a southern extension of the Canadian Shield. The park's forests and animal life, therefore, include species normally found further north, yet the southern climate allows species more typical for the southern latitude to co-exist with the northern species. The park includes hiking trails, swimming areas and campgrounds.The lake includes a number of islands and has an irregular shoreline which makes it an interesting location for canoeing and kayaking. Blue Mountain, elevation 194m, is also within the park. The summit was the highest point of the former Leeds County, Ontario. The trail to Blue Mountain has two access points, by water from Huckleberry Hollow, and by land from the intersection of Warburton and Blue Mountain Roads.Blue Mountain can be reached via Blue Mountain Road from Highway #2. Hikers have permission to cross private land and a well-marked trail leads to the summit with a panoramic 360° view. The trek requires approx. 2 to 2.5 hours on foot or 1.5 hrs. on bike, although cyclists must carry their bikes in many places where hard granite jets out of the earth below which forms the mountain. A compass may be useful for inexperienced hikers.
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  • Camped many times at the Provincial park.. always had a great time! the park is kept very clean - staff always helpful. Charleston lake is great for swimming, boating and jet skiing on..  more »
  • We love this park! Love the sites the area and beautiful lake. Friendly staff seen frequently. Proximity to Kingston is perfect for a quick get away. Washrooms are very clean and accessible.  more »
  • Charleston Lake Provincial Park is one of my very favourite provincial parks - and we camp in them or visit several per summer with our 9-year-old twins. It is gorgeous! We have our own canoe and ther...  more »
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  • Excellent hiking trails. Good beach. Well treed campgrounds, some with electrical supply (for extra cost, I believe). Excellent self-guiding information brochures to raise awareness along the hiking trails.
  • I just called to make a change to my reservation from September 4th to September 5th, and was told that I would have cancel my reservation instead of changing it. This means that I would have to pay the online reservation fee again. This seems a bit ridiculous to me, as I am not canceling my reservation, but simply arriving one day later. The woman I was speaking to on the phone hung up on me. Terrible customer service.
  • Larger than normal camp sites for the most part. Excellent Swimming. Many lake side with private access electrical sites. An excellent location for back country camping for the novice canoeist and large enough body of water for the seasoned canoeist and Kayaker with hiking opportunity for every level of enthusiast.
  • 4.5 stars. Gorgeous park. Great beach and lake. Good staff. Very beautiful. Only detraction: the sites are "well-loved". Glass and beer caps in the ground. Seems like a party place. Comfort stations are clean and spacious and wonderful! We will definitely return: it is so pretty.
  • Have camped here twice now. Second time we spent a couple of days during our trip at one of the remote canoe/hike in sites. A wonderful lake, with plenty of opportunity to explore nature and wildlife. Exposed Canadian Shield even gives it a bit of an Algonquin Park feel, especially if you can get out canoeing or to one of the remote sites. Tons of kid-friendly programs and activities, with fantastic staff running them. Staying over a long weekend was a bit annoying with some partiers... But overall an excellent experience.