Activities & Attractions
Fishing & Camping
Situated in Northern Ontario, the residents of the Municipality of St. Charles and visitors have access to a variety of lakes:
- Nepewassi Lake
- West Arm of Lake Nipissing
- Barlow Lake
- And many more small lakes located on crown land.
Areas in yellow represent crown land and the red lines in the yellow areas are access roads
1) Nepewassi Lake is in the upper left of the image
Fish that are found in this lake are pickerel, pike, musky and bass
2) West Arm of Lake Nipissing is in the lower right of the image
Fish that are found in this lake are pickerel, pike, musky, cisco, whitefish and large and small mouth bass
3) Barlow Lake is in the lower left of the image
Fish that are found in this lake are pickerel, pike, and large mouth bass
4) Other smaller lakes
Fish that are found in these waters are mostly pike and bass
These lakes offer great fishing, camping and beautiful scenery.
Lake Nipissing, 831 square km, at elevation 196 m,is the fifth-largest in Ontario excluding the great lakes, and is located 50 km northeast of Georgian Bay. Its name derives from a native language word meaning "little water." Lake Nipissing runs in an east-west direction to a length of 80 km. Because it parallels the prevailing winds, navigation is frequently treacherous. It is comparatively shallow (about 10 m in most places) and is consequently well aerated, which is conducive to healthy plant and fish life. Dozens of rivers and streams drain into Lake Nipissing, the largest being the Sturgeon River. Historically its 2 most important outlets were the Mattawa River, which links it to the Ottawa River system, and the French River, which issues from its southwest end, draining into Georgian Bay. Along this Ottawa-north Georgian Bay route travelled the early French explorers – the first being Étienne Brulé in 1610 – tracing a path followed by fur traders for the next 200 years. Permanent settlement around the lake dates from 1874 at Nipissing village in the southeast and from 1882 at North Bay when the CPR reached its NE shore. From the 1880s through to WWI Lake Nipissing was a major transportation route for settlers and lumbering, as steamships plied it regularly. Since then it has served mainly as a tourist and recreation waterway. www.nipissing.com
Boating on Lake Nipissing
West Arm of Lake Nipissing
The West Arm of Lake Nipissing has the advantage of being narrow and winding which unlike the main lake never gets dangerous for travel but still offers great fishing and many coves and bays to explore.
Nepewassi Lake is 16 miles long and well known for its quality & variety of fish, such as: pickerel (walleye), large & small mouth bass, musky, tiger musky, northern pike, perch and burbot. While fishing you will enjoy the beautiful shoreline of tall pines, white birch & colorful maples surrounding the majestic rock formations, and of course the beaver dams. You may even see a moose, or a bear or a deer swimming across the lake, making a camera a must. We offer small game hunting as well as big game hunting. www.ontariofishinglakes.com
Crown land surrounds the Municipality of St. Charles and many access roads gives you access to hundreds of acres of woodland. Moose is the most popular game of choice. Though there is no outfitter that provides hunting services in the immediate area, there are many places along the access road situated on crown land where you can set up your camping trailer or tent.
Mashkinonje Provincial Park
This is a newly expanded provincial park. Work will be performed within the next few years to create walking trails, picnic areas and other attraction. For more information you may try the following link www.nipissing.com/mashkinonje
You may also download the Mashkinonje Park Management Plan by following this link www.ontarioparks.com/english/mash_planning.html
Part of this park is located in the South East of the Municipality of St. Charles. It is only accessible by water (West Arm of Lake Nipissing) from St. Charles. You have to drive to Hwy 64 to access it by land.
Frontier Trail Association
The Municipality of St. Charles has passed By-law 2004-09 click here
'being a by-law to permit the operation of off-road vehicles on any highway within the municipality that is under the jurisdiction of the municipality, or on any part or parts of such highways'
By passing this by-law, this allows you to operate an off-road vehicle on highways under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of St.-Charles if you meet all the requirements listed in by-law 2004-09, the Highway Traffic Act and provincial regulation which can be found at E-Laws under Highway Traffic Act - Highway Traffic Act - O. Reg. 316/03 .
You may request a copy of the ATV By-law for a small fee or you may come in the Municipal Office at 2 King Street East and view the original.
We have a beautiful community arena where many winter events such as skating and ice hockey take place.
There is a local snowmobile club 'Nipissing Veuve River Snowmobile Club', which provides the region with groomed OFSC trail. 705-867-2136.