Pukaskwa National Park of Canada
Pukaskwa's day use area is a nice place to have lunch with the family beside the sparkling waters of Hattie Cove. This area is open and sunny and has several picnic tables. The visitor centre and washroom facility are nearby. Stroll onto the shoreline for a nice view of the cove!
Before heading out on the water, check with park staff for a weather forecast. Remember to wear your Personal Floatation Device (PFD) at all times.
The inlets of Hattie Cove are a good choice for paddlers to experience Pukaskwas watery side by day. Visit Onion Island (guess where it got its name) or drift in on feeding beavers.
In high water, Halfway Lake also offers a peaceful, inland paddling experience. Drop your canoe off at the north loop trail head of the Halfway Lake Trail. Leave your vehicle at your campsite or the Visitor Centre parking lot.
The White and Pukaskwa rivers offer wilderness white-water adventure. The White is easily accessible and can be paddled any time of year during the open-water season. Many wilderness adventurers leave from White Lake Provincial Park and travel four to six days to the White River's mouth, at Lake Superior. A short paddle one-hour north on Lake Superior brings paddlers to the Hattie Cove Visitor Centre. The Pukaskwa is more remote, difficult, and navigable only during spring run-off, from May to early June.
A hydroelectric development has been constructed and is now operational at Umbata Falls on the White River. As part of the approval process for the project, Umbata Falls Limited Partnership agreed to provide questionnaires on site and via the web to allow users and other interested parties to provide input regarding the scenic flow at the falls. To access the web-based survey, please visit www.begetekongpower.com and follow the appropriate links.
Paddling the coast can be rewarding, but take care when paddling on Lake Superior. Safety is measured by your distance from shore. Weather changes can be abrupt. The trip from Hattie Cove to Michipicoten Harbour may take 8-14 days, and during that time, lake travellers may be wind- or wave-bound one in three days.
Anyone paddling in the backcountry of the park must register-in and register-out with park staff. The park limits the number of parties permitted in the backcountry. If you are planning a trip into the backcountry, call the park well in advance to book your trip. Groups are limited to eight people.
Contact the park for information on how to register.
Ontario Fishing Regulations apply in Pukaskwa National Park.
Every year, loons and other waterfowl die needlessly of lead poisoning by eating lead sinkers or jigs. Therefore, the use of lead sinkers and weighted lures is prohibited in national parks and national wildlife areas in Canada. Suggested alternatives are sinkers and weighted lures made of bismuth or tin. Contact the park, or your local sporting goods store for a list of suppliers.
Sailing and boating is available on Lake Superior. Fees must be paid by all boaters who plan to come ashore in Pukaskwa National Park. Currently, boaters who travel through Pukaskwa National Parks waters and do not come ashore do not have to pay fees.
Fees cover the cost of services which boaters benefit from including public safety, visitor use management, and facility maintenance. Revenues from fees collected are used solely to fund those services.
All boaters within Park waters are encouraged to register-in and register-out with the park office. Phone (807)229-0801, ext. 242.
Motor boats are only permitted in areas accessible from Lake Superior. To ensure shoreline protection and the safety of other boaters and paddlers, the White River is a no wake zone.
Pukaskwa is a remote area with no refuelling opportunities. Know the limits of your equipment since help can be far away. Being self-reliant is your key to a safe, enjoyable experience.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Cyclists can travel on Highway 627 and on the campground roads. Bicycles are not permitted on any trails in Pukaskwa National Park.