Silent Lake Provincial Park
Silent Lake Provincial Park is a phenomenal place for endless outdoor activities all year round. With over 19km of hiking, 34 km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, 17 km of mountain biking. Silent Lake Provincial Park offers swimming/relaxing sandy beaches, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. There are opportunities for camping in both the summer and winter months, you can rent a yurt for the most comfortable stay. Most of the campsites are drive-in, but if you are more adventurous there are also hike in campsites. Silent Lake Provincial Park occupies an area of 1,450 hectares (3,600 acres). The Park was first opened to the public in the summer of 1975. Silent Lake was a privately owned lake before it became a provincial park.
Silent Lake Provincial Park is located near beautiful Bancroft, Ontario, is north east of Peterborough, and is a 2 and half hr drive from Toronto. Offering a variety of trails with different levels of difficulty, there is something for everyone. The Park’s lakes are well known for its excellent fishing. There are a variety of fish that call Silent Lake home including Yellow Perch, Trout, Large and Smallmouth Bass and sunfish. Just remember there are no motorized boats allowed so fishing from shore, canoe, or kayak are only permitted. Certain Park waterbodies may be closed to fishing temporarily or permanently for fisheries research or management purposes. Wherever possible, fisheries management within the park will seek to maintain and enhance native, self-sustaining fish populations.
Silent Lake Provincial Park is home to a variety of wildlife species made up of birds such as Northern Flicker, Barred Owl, Loon, and Black-capped Chickadee. Some Reptiles and amphibians that can be found are Spring Peeper, Green Frog, and Garter snake. Common mammals that can be observed include North American Porcupine, Beaver, American Red Squirrel, Northern Short-tailed Shrew, White Tail Deer, and snowshoe hare. There are also variety of moths, butterflies, and insects that can be observed in the spring, summer, and early fall.
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