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Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Lansdowne

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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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  • Had our first campout for the long weekend. Great hiking.. .no animals except for the yappy poodle two sites Will be back later this year!!!  more »
  • 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 »
  • Went here last year for canooeing. Best by far. We are planning to go back in July but wondering where to rent a cottage or who to contact. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
  • Nature doing what it does best. Man just keeps it perfectly well organized. Don't​ miss!
  • It's beautiful, it's not packed with too many people. There are beaches nearby and lakes are very pure, lots of fish too if you are into fiahing.
  • A great place for a long day hike. Spectacular views of the lake. The trails are well marked and challenging
  • This is my ultimate fav spot so far to go camping for a few days not to far from home! Stunning views and lots of private spots to hang out at or hike too or canoe to. We really enjoyed all the areas for fishing. Highly recommend this campground! Don't forget to look for the turtle at the boat launch! He's spectacular!