Muskoka is home to several noteworthy parks, and the northern region enjoys some of Ontario's most fantastic natural landscapes. Just west of South River sits a small yet beautiful provincial park you will want to take advantage of. Spanning 1.3 square kilometers, Mikisew Provincial Park is an ideal location to relax with family and friends, play sports, go boating or hike the area trails.
Visitors to Mikisew Park are sure to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on one of the three shallow beaches, where you’ll be treated to a refreshing view out over Eagle Lake as you enjoy a picnic by the shore. And when the sun's rays become too warm, it’s time for a dip. Feel free to bring your pets as well; the lake has a leash-free pet beach at the park's south end. Then, partake in a friendly game of volleyball, basketball or horseshoes when you feel like a little more activity.
The northwest side of the park is home to two disc golf courses. What better way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery than while enjoying a fun-filled game of disc golf?So warm up on the 9-hole course and then move on to the more challenging 18-hole course. You'll surely have fun whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro.
You’ll notice other outdoor enthusiasts boating or paddling a canoe, kayak or paddle board around Inglis Island or any smaller islands in the middle of the lake. You’ll also see visitors bicycling around the park, exploring everything it offers.
Hiking is also popular at Mikisew Park. With several loops of trail meandering through forests and wetlands, you’ll surely find one right for you –– even if that hike is a combination. If it’s a short trail with superb lakeside views, we recommend the Lakeview Trail, a 10-minute hike along the shoreline of Eagle Lake, or The Point Trail, a 15-minute trail jutting out into the lake, offering a private getaway within the park. The Beaver Meadow and Maple Canyon Trails are 40-45-minute hikes over 2+ kilometers of wetlands and rocky outcrops with changing forests. Keep an eye out for beavers and otters and various bird species.
For visitors wishing to camp in Miniskew, the park has two campgrounds: The Hardwoods and The Pines. Each campground houses toilets, showers, laundry facilities and electrical sites. In addition, each campsite can accommodate most camping equipment, from tents to RVs. As a bonus, the park offers a Seasonal Campsite Program where park users can “lease” a campsite at the same location for the entire summer season. For information about the Seasonal Campsite Program and to apply online, please visit www.ontarioparks.com/seasonal.