Map of the Pine Lake Campground and Recreation Area
The sand beaches and beautiful aquamarine waters of Pine Lake are a popular attraction for visitors and local residents alike. The lake is formed by five solution sinkholes that have merged together over time. It is fed by underground springs. The lovely aquamarine color is caused by reflection from blue-green algae encrusting the bottom. Loons nest on the lake – listen for their haunting call.Did you know? A solution sinkhole forms when water pools in a shallow depression, percolating downwards and dissolving water-soluble elements within the soft gypsum and limestone bedrock. When a series of sinkholes merge together, a uvala is formed.
Relax in the shade near lovely Pine Lake. This popular day use area has picnic facilities, a cook shelter, change rooms, and a sandy beach for swimming. A canoe launch is located nearby.If you feel like a stroll, the Lakeside Trail follows along the shore of Pine Lake to the Kettle Point Group Camp on the far side.
Located 60 km south of Fort Smith on Pine Lake Road, this basic campground features peaceful sites among the trees with fire pits, tent pads, and picnic tables. There are no hook-ups or showers. Treated town water is available through a storage tank site. The campground is open from the May long week-end to the September long week-end. Fees are collected through self-registration. Two sites are wheelchair accessible.
This secluded facility on the scenic shore of Pine Lake is a great spot for a gathering. A minimum group size of 8 people is required. The area features a log shelter, tenting area, beach, fire circle, firewood, picnic tables, outhouses, and a playground. Fees include a non-refundable reservation fee – contact the park Visitor Reception Centre in Fort Smith to make a reservation. Reservations for this popular facility are on a first-come-first-served basis.
This rugged hike winds deep into the heart of the boreal forest. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you follow a chain of small sinkhole lakes to Lane Lake. Look for signs of beavers in the lakes, as well as waterfowl and shorebirds. Perhaps you will see some loons, or hear their haunting call.
The trailhead is on Kettle Point Road, 1 km past the Pine Lake access road. It can also be reached by a connecting path from the Lakeside Trail. A trail guide is available at the park Visitor Reception Centre.