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Pukaskwa National Park

Recreation

Picnicking

Pukaskwa's day use area, by the Visitor Centre, 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. While in the area, explore the fire circle and Anishinaabe Camp spaces. The washroom facilities are also conveniently nearby. Stroll onto the shoreline or hike the Southern Headland Trail for a nice view of the cove!

Paddling

Hattie Cove is a great place to spend the day paddling. Bii to bii gong is the Anishinaabe name for Hattie Cove and means water between two rocks. This protected cove, even on Lake Superior’s roughest days, remains calm for beginner and expert paddlers alike. Pack a picnic lunch and explore the Hattie Cove wetlands or simply float around for an afternoon! If you are looking for a greater paddling challenge, on a calm day, venture out to Pulpwood Harbour, located just outside Hattie Cove. Pulpwood Harbour is a stunning place full of islands and inlets to explore. When considering this adventure, be sure to check weather conditions and be prepared for Lake Superior’s changing moods.

Canoe/Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Rentals

Rent a canoe or SUP from the park Kiosk, available in full day or half day increments. Full day (more than 5 hours) costs $41 and half day (5 hours or less) costs $20.50. The rental fee includes 1 paddle for the SUP and 2 paddles for canoes, a safety kit and life jackets for all persons in the rental party. To rent a canoes/SUPs you must be 18+ years of age. All persons under age 18 must be accompanied with an adult. Visitors are welcome to reserve a canoe ahead of time at the park Kiosk. For more information, please download our Canoe/SUP rental program booklet.

Fishing

Drop a line and test out your angling skills! Pukaskwa’s clean and fresh waters are a great place to fish for pike, walleye (pickerel) and trout. When fishing, make sure your line is clean and consider catch and release using barbless hooks.

Fish, worms, leaches or other live bait may not be used or possessed to be used as bait in Pukaskwa National Park. Lead sinkers and other lead materials are also prohibited from use.

Ontario Fishing Regulations apply in Pukaskwa National Park. Fishing licences can be purchased in the local community of Marathon. For more information, please visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca.

Halfway Lake has naturally high levels of mercury. Eating fish caught in Halfway Lake is not recommended.

Boating

Sailing and boating are popular activities on Lake Superior. Fees must be paid by all boaters who plan to come ashore in Pukaskwa National Park. All boaters within Park waters are encouraged to register-in and register-out with the park office. Phone (807) 229-0801.

Motor boats are only permitted in areas accessible from Lake Superior. Motor boat access passed the Visitor Centre in Hattie Cove is not permitted. Overnight mooring is not permitted in Hattie Cove. 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.