CHARLESTON LAKE 2020 information guide
Welcome to Charleston Lake Provincial Park! We’re happy that you have chosen to visit Charleston Lake Provincial Park, known for its picturesque scenery. Deep blue waters, rimmed by rocky shoreline cliffs and sweeping pine trees, amidst a scenic and rugged landscape make the park a great destination. It’s an ideal setting for many outdoor experiences like camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, boating and paddling. The park encompasses more than 28 square kilometres of forests, wetlands, islands and rock ridges. It is situated on the Frontenac Arch - a southerly extension of the rocky Canadian Shield – which gives the area a more northern look and feel. Because of this meeting of north and south, Charleston Lake is biologically diverse with a fascinating blend of plants and animals. Charleston Lake Provincial Park is a great place to explore. Be it a day trip or a multi-night adventure, there is something for everyone. Take
WHAT’S INSIDE Emergency Information................................... 2 Camper Information........................................ 2 Ticks and Lyme Disease................................... 5 Discovery Program & Discovery Centre........ 6, 7 Map - Backcountry Campsites & Hiking Trails... 8 Summary of Provincial Park Offences............ 12 Map - Campgrounds...................................... 16
advantage of over 25 kilometres of hiking trails. Paddle the bays and coves along the rugged shoreline. Go fishing on this lake renowned for its angling opportunities. Relax on a sandy beach or on a campsite under the shade of the forest canopy. At night, gather around the campfire and listen to loons or the calls of owls nearby. Experience all that Charleston Lake Provincial Park has to offer and escape from the ordinary, to experience this unique piece of Ontario. Enjoy your visit!
New in 2020 All 3 campgrounds (including yurts) as well as backcountry campsites, group sites and the Tall Pines Cabin can now be reserved during the entire operating season (previously some campsites could not be reserved in the spring and fall). Reservations can be made online (www.ontarioparks.com) or by phone (1-888-668-7275).
For Your Information Campsites • 235 campsites in 3 campground areas: Meadowlands, Bayside and Shady Ridge • 10 backcountry campsites (see page 9) • Roofed accommodations: 4 yurts, 1 backcountry cabin (see page 4)
Sink Waste/Dirty Water • Y ou can wash dishes in a wash basin. Dispose of sink waste in a nearby toilet, comfort station or at the Trailer Sanitary Station (near entrance to Meadowlands Campground)
Garbage & Recyclables • Deposit sealed bags of garbage in large disposal bins (two located by each campground) • We recycle glass bottles, metal containers, plastic containers & propane cylinders. Loose items can be deposited at recycling station near exit of each campground • We cannot recycle firewood bags. Please dispose of them in the garbage.
Laundry Facilities • Available in each campground in the main comfort stations (coinoperated – loonies & toonies)
Drinking Water • Available from any water taps or comfort stations in the park • Tested daily, with results available at Park Office • Do not wash dishes at any water tap (for sanitary reasons & food scraps/odours may attract unwanted animals) • Please follow notices posted at any tap
Telephones • A Courtesy/Emergency Phone located at the Gatehouse parking lot
Washroom Facilities • Each campground has a centrally located wheelchair accessible comfort station (Meadowlands has two), equipped with sinks, showers, flush toilets and laundry • Privy Toilets located throughout the park
Pets • Designated pet swimming area beside Shady Ridge Campground • Keep pet(s) on a leash (no longer than 2 metres) at all times, for the safety of all visitors & park wildlife
From the Park Superintendent I would like to welcome everyone to the 2020 season at Charleston Lake Provincial Park, on behalf of myself and all the dedicated staff. We are all excited for another busy and fun-filled season, and we hope you are too! Whether this is your first visit, or you have been coming here for years, I hope you have a pleasant visit and create many lasting memories with friends and family while you enjoy the many features and activities the park has to offer. Get out on one of our hiking trails, spend some time fishing, boating or paddling on the lake, or relax on one of our 2 beaches. Also be sure to check out some of the informative and fun programs that our Discovery team delivers throughout the summer or attend one of our special events. We also have canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to rent if you don’t have your own. 2020 also brings some exciting new changes to our reservation system. Notably, for Charleston Lake is the fact that for the first time all of our
Park Office...................................................................... 613-659-2065 148 Woodvale Road, Lansdowne, ON KOE 1L0 Reservations........................................... ontarioparks.com/reservations ........................................................1-888-ont-park (1-888-668-7275) Courtesy/Emergency Phone ............................ opposite the Gatehouse www.ontarioparks.com www.friendsofcharlestonlakepark.com @CharlestonLkPP
On the Beach • Parents must assume responsibility for their children’s health & welfare at all times • Beaches are not monitored by lifeguards (Park Wardens visit regularly for enforcement purposes)
First Aid • Approach any staff member or go to the Gatehouse if first aid is required • Park buildings & vehicles have first aid kits
Firewood & Ice • Available for purchase at the Gatehouse • In spring/fall, firewood can be purchased at the Self-Serve Station by the Gatehouse
Canoe & Kayak Rentals • In summer arrange rentals at the Discovery Centre (includes PFDs, paddles, safety kit) • In spring/fall go to the Gatehouse for rentals • Rental canoes/kayaks/paddleboards conveniently stored at each beach
Barrier Free Facilities • Most newer buildings, campsites 219, 221, 357 & 371 • Discovery Centre & some older buildings are partially refurbished with some degree of barrier free access • If accessibility is an issue, please speak with a staff member and we will do our best to help
sites will be available for reservation for the entire operating season! This includes our 10 backcountry sites and all the sites in Meadowlands campground, which were previously only reservable during July and August. This does mean that those of you who visit us in the spring or fall should be aware that in order to secure the site you want for the length of time you want, it is best to reserve ahead. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and be sure to let any of our friendly, helpful staff know if you have any questions, concerns or need assistance during your stay. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to share your experiences at the park. Sincerely, Mike Cappello Park Superintendent
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Ambulance, Police, Fire..................................................................... 911 Brockville General Hospital ............................................. 613-345-5645 Kingston General Hospital ............................................... 613-548-3232 Poison Control................................................................1-800-268-9017 Park Warden...................................................................... 613-484-8352
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Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Fees based on information available at time of printing & subject to change. HST included. For a full listing of fees go to the Gatehouse, Park Office or www.ontarioparks.com *Reduced rates for Ontario seniors & Ontario persons with disabilities
CAMPGROUNDS (Meadowlands, Bayside, Shady Ridge) With electricity............................................................................$53.68 Without electricity...................................................................... $47.46 Additional Vehicle....................................................... $13.00 per night
Make sure anything with a scent:
INTERIOR (BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING)
• food • condiments • toiletries • empty cans & bottles • barbeques • coolers • dishes & eating utensils • garbage
Per Adult (age 18+)...................................................................... $10.17 Per Child (age 6-17 inclusive).........................................................$5.09 Additional Vehicle....................................................... $13.00 per night
is stored securely in your vehicle with all of the windows up, when you are not on your site during the day, after dark or when you go to bed for the evening. Any scent of food and you will likely have a visit from raccoons. Cooler lids, plastic containers and bar fridges are all easy puzzles for raccoons to figure out how to open. Never leave garbage unattended and dispose of all waste products in the central waste collection for your campground prior to going to bed. Pet food should be put away after your pet has eaten and never leave it unattended. Failure to keep a clean campsite could result in being charged under the Provincial Parks and Conservations Reserves Act.
Do your part to keep wildlife wild. Keep your campsite clean and animal proof.
Reserve up to 5 months in advance
Yurts............................................................................................ $97.18 Dog Friendly Yurt (315c)................... $97.18 + $20 extra/night for dogs (max. 2 dogs) Tall Pines Backcountry Cabin.............$141.25/night (2 night minimum) Additional Vehicle....................................................... $13.00 per night
GROUP CAMPING Regular Group per site/per night................................................ $47.46 Youth group per site/per night.................................................... $23.73 Per Adult (age 18+)........................................................................$5.09 Per Child (age 6-17 inclusive)......................................................... $1.70 Additional Vehicle......................................................... $4.52 per night
CANOE, KAYAK, PADDLE BOARD RENTALS Includes PFDs, paddles & safety gear
Canoe / Tandem Kayak • $24 for 4 hours • $28 for 8 hours Kayak / Paddle Board • $18 for 4 hours • $22 for 8 hours
• $40 for 24 hours • $34 for 24 hours
Park Open: May 8 – Oct. 13
it’s Easy to Reserve a Campsite
Ontario Parks offers two ways to reserve a campsite: • By phone 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) • By internet www.ontarioparks.com Call toll-free 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily; Internet access around the clock See the Ontario Parks website for reservation rules or more information.
Kids’ Explorer Guide • Complete the different levels • Explore different parts of the park • A photo scavenger hunt • Prizes Ask about this fun summer program at the Discovery Centre!
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Tall Pines Backcountry Cabin – A Beautiful Lakeside View!
Accessible only by canoe or motorboat, this rustic, lakeside cabin is located on the eastern side of the park along the shore of Eastern Waters (see map on page 8). It sleeps 6 people with a bunk bed (queen/double) in the bedroom, and a futon in the living room. It has a deluxe propane barbeque (with a side-burner) on the deck outside. We stress that it’s a rustic experience, with a composting toilet and no running water (potable water is available in the campgrounds, or water from the lake can be boiled – see page 9). Electricity is not available, but there are solar powered ceiling lights. There’s a 16 foot floating dock for your boat.
Yurts – Very Convenient Camping
What’s a yurt? It’s an 8-sided, 16 foot diameter semi-permanent structure mounted on a wooden floor. Our yurts are insulated and have electricity, a heater, and big windows to let in lots of light. Inside, they are furnished with two sets of bunk beds with a double bed on the bottom and a single on top, accommodating 6 people in total. They are equipped with a table and fold-up chairs inside, and a propane barbeque on the outside deck. Wheelchair accessible. Our 4 yurts are located in Shady Ridge Campground, really close to the beach! Dog friendly yurt: Site 315C only ($20 extra / max. 2 dogs)
The Tall Pines Cabin offers a different Charleston Lake experience. It’s worth the beautiful lakeside view!
Required to Bring: bedding, pots & pans, dishes, cutlery & utensils. Cooking is not permitted inside. Pets are not allowed on the campsite. See page 3 for prices.
Dog-day Cicada (adult)
What’s That Loud Buzzing Sound Up in the Trees?
Most summer visitors to the park will no doubt hear a loud buzzy ‘droning’ sound, broadcasted widely from high up in the trees. Some people say it sounds like a buzzy electric saw. The distinctive ‘buzzy call’ is from the Dog-day Cicada, a type of insect about 3-4 cm in size. Only the adult male Cicadas call, as they try to attract a female mate (for the same reason why male songbirds sing). The distinctive call is typically heard from mid-July into early fall, especially on really hot days. Try an online search of ‘Dog-day Cicada sound’ on your device to hear a recording of its call. This insect’s name is due to the fact that its peak calling occurs during the hot, muggy “dog days of summer”. Though commonly heard, adult Cicadas are infrequently seen as they’re well camouflaged and typically perched up high in a tree.
Identifying a Dog-day Cicada (adult) • • • •
By the male’s distinctive high-pitched whining drone call 3-4 cm long Brown & green markings Large ‘bulging eyes’
Poison Ivy – Avoid the Itch Poison Ivy is quite common in some areas of the park, especially in open areas along the edges of campsites, beaches and trails. The best way to avoid the itchy allergic reaction (caused by oils on the plant) is to learn to identify the plant, so as to not brush up against it. Poison Ivy is a three-leaved plant (shrub, bush or vine). Its three leaflets are usually drooping and somewhat shiny, the middle leaflet has a longer stem than the other two leaflets, and this plant has a woody stem at its base. In the spring the new leaves are a reddish green. In late summer the plant produces a small cluster of white berries. In late August or in the fall the leaves turn orangey before they drop off. If you think you have been in contact with Poison Ivy, wash with soap and water as soon as possible. Unsure of what this plant looks like? Stop by the Discovery Centre and ask one of the Park Naturalists.
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Ticks and Lyme Disease Do ticks and Lyme disease make you wary of going outdoors this summer? By being aware of ticks and understanding the role they play in spreading Lyme disease you are taking the first step to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are many different species of ticks and not all of them carry Lyme disease. The most common tick you may encounter is the American Dog Tick, which does not carry Lyme disease. The only tick that carries Lyme disease in Ontario is the Black-legged (or Deer) Tick (Ixodes scapularis). Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. In Ontario, Black-legged Ticks are more commonly found in rural areas along the north shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. Black-legged Ticks are known to feed on migratory birds and as a result, they can be transported throughout the province. Therefore, while the potential is low, it is possible for people to encounter Black-legged Ticks, or to be infected with Lyme disease from the bite of an infected Black-legged Tick, almost anywhere in the province.
Black-legged Tick with a penny for scale. These Black-legged Ticks are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles. Black-legged Ticks are known to transmit Lyme disease Borrelia burgdorferi, to humans and animals during feeding, when they insert their mouth parts into the skin of a host, and slowly take in the nutrientrich host blood.
Ticks feed slowly, and an infected tick must feed on a person for at least 24 hours in order to infect them with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Because of this delay, prompt detection and removal of ticks is one of the key methods of preventing Lyme disease. If you become infected from a tick bite, symptoms usually begin within 1 - 2 weeks, but can take as long as one month to begin. The “classic” symptom is a bulls-eye rash that can develop anywhere on the body; however, this rash may not occur in all cases. Early symptoms of Lyme disease can include flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiff neck, jaw pain, and sore muscles. If untreated, problems with the heart, nervous system, and joints can occur months or years later. Lyme disease is easily treated in the early stages so seek medical attention if you feel unwell. When you are out in tick habitat you can better protect yourself by taking a few precautions: 1. Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2. Wear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. 3. Use insect repellent containing “Deet” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. 4. Conduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body and pets. Pay close attention to your groin, scalp and armpits. 5. If you find a tick on your body, remove it and place it in a container. Contact your local health unit or your doctor if you have questions. Additionally, you may contact your family doctor for questions on Lyme disease. By following these simple suggestions you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Charleston Lake Provincial Park. For more information: • Public Health Agency of Canada www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/ lyme-disease.html • www.ontario.ca/lyme • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit (613-345-5685 or www.healthunit.org)
Found a Tick? DO • Use fine point tweezers • Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible • Gently pull the tick straight out • Disinfect the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water • Save tick (alive if possible) in a jar, with a piece of damp paper towel for identification and potential testing. You can take the tick to your family doctor for testing. • Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick
Zebra Mussels up close.
Zebra Mussel Problem - Don’t Cut Your Feet One of Charleston Lake’s aquatic residents – the invasive Zebra Mussel– is causing problems. This small clam-like aquatic animal is about the size of a fingernail. It is usually brown with yellowish or whitish stripes, hence its name. This freshwater mollusk often grows in large numbers attached to hard surfaces in the water – like rocks, docks, boats and metal pipes. This alien species, originally from Europe, has been known to be in the park’s waters since about the year 2000. It is problematic in a number of ways. The Zebra Mussel causes ecological problems in the lake by competing with the lake’s natural organisms, and now it can be a pain (literally) for campers. When around rocky shorelines in the park, campers need to look out for Zebra Mussels. These mussels have very sharp edges which can easily cut exposed feet, legs and hands. You may want to wear shoes or sandals when in or around water and rocky areas, to better protect your feet. Unfortunately there is very little that can be done to stop the spread of Zebra Mussels now that they are established in Charleston Lake. Please be vigilant when around rocky shorelines of the lake.
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Discovery Program Fun (free) Programs & Events
July 1 to September 6 Events calendar published weekly in the summer. See bulletin boards for dates, times & locations
Charleston for Kids Programs
• Fun-filled activities, stories & demonstrations for kids • Find out about park wildlife • For ages 5 to 11 • Children must be accompanied by an adult
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• Join us at our outdoor Amphitheatre nestled in the forest • Fill your evening with a fun, unique experience • Entertaining for the entire family • Dynamic, interactive and informative • Explore fascinating wildlife • A chance to ask Park Naturalist staff your questions
Paddling Puppeteer July 29 (7:30 pm) Come be entertained by musician & performer Glen Caradus (he’s much more than just a puppeteer!). He’ll keep you entertained with his fun toe-tapping-sing-along songs, humour and various musical instruments.
Join us on these leisurely walks Let a Park Naturalist be your guide See things you’ve never seen before Catch a glimpse of nature or history up close
Live Birds of Prey Aug. 15 (1:30-2:30 pm) Come see live birds of prey! Join the experts from Wild Ontario for an up close look at these amazing birds. Don’t miss it!
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Bringing a Dog to the Park?
Open June 30 – September 6
Discovery starts here • Hands-on & interactive • A hub of park activity • Fishing Display in the Kids’ Discovery Area • Pick up the 2020 Kids’ Explorer Guide • Free with park admission • Naturalist staff to answer your questions
Bring the Kids ... Bring the Family!
Ontario Parks has a number of regulations regarding pets. The main reason is for the health and safety of our park visitors, as well as for protecting park wildlife and controlling noise. The staff at Charleston Lake has long recognized that dogs are a part of a camping vacation for a number of families. One common question we get during the dog days of summer is, “Where can I take my dog to swim in the lake?” Dogs are permitted to swim at the Canoe Launch or at the designated dog swimming area located north of the Shady Ridge Campground beach (see map below). You can see the start of the path from the parking area beside Campsite 315A in Shady Ridge. In this area all pet regulations still apply but you are permitted to let your dog swim in the waters off this area. Running's Bay No Motorboats
248 246 52 250
55 283 280
247 245 243
BAYSIDE CAMPGROUND 278
215 217 219 A
P 216 218
DAY USE AREA
339 337 342 345 346
336 348 349
334 350 351
• • HEMLOCK RIDGE TRAIL
BEECH WOODS TRAIL Private Road
Personal Canoe Storage
329 328 325
SHADY RIDGE 361 363 CAMPGROUND 350A 352
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designated dog swimming area
365 367 354 369 370 371 A 372 A 357 355 356 358
362 364 366
315B 315C 313
307 306 All pets must be on a leash (not longer than 2 metres) at305 all times. 302 360 areas 304 Pets are not allowed on the beaches or the posted 300 around the 359 303 beaches (for public health and sanitary reasons).
301 • Pets are not allowed crossing the beach with their owner/handler, to access the other side of the beach. BOAT LAUNCH, • Pets are not permitted in park buildings (e.g. Comfort Stations, TO SANDSTONE ISLAND & washrooms, Discovery Centre) SHORELINE TRAILS • You must pick up after your pet (stoop & scoop). • Pets are not permitted to make excessive noise or disturb others, Swimming cause damage, cause injury or harass wild animals in the park.
For a violation of pet regulations, the owner or handler of the pet may receive a fine and/or eviction Water Tap from the park. Help us maintain these rules by being a responsible pet owner so that we can all continue to Yurtwith our furry companions. enjoy this great park 7
Charleston Lake Hiking Trails and Backcountry Campsites Hiking Trails and Interior Campsites Legend
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Group Camping Day Use Area
Public Telephone SEVEN DEER IS.
Slim Bay Bridge PETRIES IS.
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NOTE: This map refers to only a small portion of the lake, and is not intended for navigational purposes.
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Boat Launch Canoe Launch
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Backcountry Canoe-in/Hike-in Campsites Charleston Lake Provincial Park offers 10 designated backcountry sites. These sites are located in clusters, accessible by land or water. At each site you will find: • a fire pit • a picnic table • 2-3 raised wooden tent platforms A privy is located near each cluster of sites. Fires are only permitted in designated fire pits. Several years ago a forest fire was started in Running’s Bay as a result of a campfire outside of a designated fire pit. Do your part and only have a fire in a designated fire pit when no fire restriction or ban is posted. Ensure your fire is properly extinguished prior to leaving the site or going to bed for the night. It is an offence to collect deadwood (firewood) in the backcountry. Leave nature, natural, and allow downed woody debris to decompose where it lies. Small, refillable & portable cook stoves are the recommended method for preparing meals or treating water. Make sure non-treated water is brought to a rolling boil for at least five minutes prior to consuming. Food, garbage, toiletries, condiments, etc., all attract unwanted animals. Make sure nothing with a scent is stored in your tent and everything is put away when you are not on your site. The safest food storage
Ray Wilson technique is to hang your food/scented items off the ground between two trees, a minimum of 4ft from either tree and 8ft off the ground. All park rules apply in the backcountry. Please be courteous of your neighbours. For more information on Park Rules and Regulations refer to page 12. Help us keep our sites looking natural, stay on the path and ensure you pack out everything you brought in.
Backcountry Campsite Descriptions Site
Buckhorn (501, 502) 2 sites, 30 m apart
Bob’s Cove 3 sites (503/504 – 30 m apart; 505 is private)
Hidden Cove (506) 1 site
Captain’s Gap (507, 508) 2 sites, 35 m apart
Covey’s Gap (509, 510) 2 sites, 60 m apart
# of Tent Platforms
Approx. Hiking/ Canoeing Distances
3 platforms at each site
Well shaded. Good swimming on the point, shallow sand/ gravel beach & good boat landing
1 km hike 1 km paddle
504 has 3 platforms; 503/505 have 2
Well shaded. Good swimming. Rocky shoreline & some suitable parking for 2 boats
3 km hike 1 km paddle
Well shaded. Good swimming with a deep, rocky shoreline & some suitable parking for small boats
3.75 km hike 1.5 km paddle
3 platforms at each site
Well shaded. Small, sandy beach with rocky shoreline. Good for swimming & boat parking
6 km hike 4 km paddle
3 platforms at each site
Well shaded. Rocky, deep shoreline excellent for swimming, not good for boat landing
6 km hike 4.5 km paddle
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Discourage uninvited guests
Bears are attracted to anything that looks or smells like food. Items like unwashed utensils, food packaging, toiletries and trash are tasty treats for bears. Be BEAR WISE when camping: • Don’t leave food or scented items unattended on your campsite • Pack and store these items in your vehicle, out of sight, with windows closed • Clean food preparation areas promptly after use • Routinely take your garbage to the park’s waste depot
ACKNOWLEDGE A JOB WELL DONE Help us select the next recipients of the Ontario Parks Partners Bursary program. Each year, our corporate partners recognize outstanding young people who work in Ontario’s provincial parks with an Ontario Parks Partners Bursary. Students who demonstrate excep�onal customer service, ini�a�ve and leadership are eligible for the bursary. Recipients receive a grant of $500 towards their educa�on. You can nominate any student working in Ontario Parks by comple�ng a nomina�on form before Labour Day. Ask at the park oﬃce for details. Thank you to our 2019 Bursary Partners:
Let's all be Bear Wise Always call 911 in an emergency Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting ontario.ca/bearwise
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The Friends of Charleston Lake Park Dedicated to helping people enjoy this unique and beautiful place and to keeping it that way.
Who are the Friends? We are volunteers dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of the park, its visitors & its wildlife. We support Ontario Parks in accomplishing its mission.
Water Safety: It’s Your Responsibility 1. There are no lifeguards on our beaches. Water safety is your responsibility at all times. 2. Take the steps to be safe around water. Learning how to swim and water survival techniques help keep us all safe. 3. Always supervise children and non-swimmers by watching them when they are in or around the water. 4. Ensure children and non-swimmers wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in or around the water. 5. Swim only in designated swimming areas. When the water is rough, or conditions are not clear – STAY OUT! Never swim alone. You should always swim with a buddy. 6. Using a floatie? Offshore winds often blow inflatables out into dangerous waters. Ensure inflatable rafts or toys are used in shallow water areas only and pay attention to changing wind conditions. 7. Be responsible. Avoid substance use when involved in water-related recreational activities. 8. Protect your neck. Never dive into shallow or murky water. 9. If you suspect a drowning or any other type of water emergency, call 911 and contact the park office immediately.
A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees. Bringing firewood when you travel to or from your favourite provincial park may seem harmless but can spread invasive species such as insects, plants and diseases. Many of these species are hidden in the wood and are difficult to detect. Millions of trees have already been infected. Help us reduce the spread by; • Leaving firewood at home • Purchasing kiln-dried firewood where available • Buying local If you move firewood out of an area regulated for a quarantined pest without prior approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) you could face penalties of up to $50,000 and/or prosecution. For more information on firewood movement restrictions and the latest updates about emerald ash borer and other regulated pests, please visit www.inspection.gc.ca or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.
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We add value through our activities in the areas outlined below. Come help us.
What We Do
Trail Monitoring & Maintenance
Supporting Awareness & Knowledge about the Park
We need you – You can make a difference!
Support to the Park by fundraising, special projects & resource equipment
Support Park Users through our website & Special Events Programs
• Become a Member of the Friends. • Actively work on the Board or as a Trail Monitor. • Contribute to our programs of research, park support & special projects. • Help our fundraising - Buy a Canoe Raffle ticket!
www.friendsofcharlestonlakepark.com The Charleston Lake Association
Keeping Charleston Lake Beautiful Our work involves preserving • Water Quality Charleston Lake: • Pristine Landscapes & Natural Vistas • Fish & Wildlife • Tranquility & Privacy • A Safe Lake for all residents & guests
The Charleston Lake Association (with its 600+ members), its partners & property owners are all dedicated to
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Alcoholic Beverages • Have or consume liquor in open container other than residence (campsite) • Have open container of liquor in vehicle • Person under 19 years having liquor Rowdyism / Noise • Use discriminatory, harassing, abusive or insulting language or gestures • Make excessive noise • Disturb other persons in park Storing Wildlife Attractants • Unlawfully store wildlife attractants
Refuse • Litter or cause litter • Fail to keep campsite / facility clean • Fail to restore campsite / facility to original condition Vehicles • Unlawfully take motor vehicle into park or possess or operate it • Speeding –more than 20 km/hr • Operate vehicle off roadway • Disobey stop sign Parking • Park vehicle in area not designated • Fail to display permit on parked vehicle Pets • Permit domestic animal to be without leash • Permit domestic animal to make excessive noise • Permit domestic animal to be in designated swimming area or on a beach • Permit domestic animal to disturb people • Permit domestic animal to be in a posted prohibited area Environmental Protection • Damage / deface / remove crown property • Disturb / harm / remove natural object • Cut / remove / harm plant or tree • Kill plant or tree • Disturb / kill / remove / harm / harass animal
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We have installed a “Need a Warden” drop box by the information board at the Gatehouse. If you need to contact a Warden after hours please go to this box and follow the directions. Our Wardens will be checking this regularly and will respond to your request as soon as they become aware of it. This box will be locked so do not worry about security. The more information you can provide, the better prepared our Wardens will be to provide assistance.
If you are 19 years of age or older, you are permitted to possess or consume alcoholic beverages ONLY on a registered campsite. Nowhere else in the park are open alcoholic beverages permitted. Provincial parks are established to provide a setting for peaceful and natural experiences. Rowdy behaviour which includes excessive noise, obscene language, or gestures, is not permitted. You cannot disturb any other person or interfere with their enjoyment of the park any time of the day or night.
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Do not maintain or store potential wildlife attractants, including food or beverages, food preparation or storage equipment, cooking devices or utensils, garbage or recycling products, scented products or any other item that is likely to attract wildlife like raccoons.
Our number one goal is to ensure our campers have a safe and enjoyable stay, so please notify staff of any issues you may be having immediately. We cannot deal with the issue After hours or ifuntil thethe if we are not notified end of your stay, or after those Gatehouse is closed, causing the problem have left.
Deposit all garbage and litter in the containers provided to discourage wildlife from becoming pests. Campsites and/or facilities must be clean at all times to eliminate potential hazards to park visitors and wildlife.
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Off-Road vehicles (ATV’s) are not permitted in provincial parks because of the environmental damage they cause. Licensed motor vehicles may be operated on roads only. All provisions of the Highway Traffic Act apply on all park roads. Each vehicle in the park must have a valid permit. Bicycles are only allowed on park roads and are not permitted on park hiking trails.
All vehicles must be parked in a designated area and display a valid park permit. You must prominently display your valid park permit on your dashboard.
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For health and safety reasons, your pet must be under control and on a leash not exceeding 2 metres at all times. You must ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with campsite vegetation or wildlife. You must ensure your pet does not interfere with others’ enjoyment of the park. Pets are not permitted in the swimming area, on the beach, or in a posted prohibited area at any time. In addition you must clean up after your pet.
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To maintain the park as a natural setting, the removal of natural objects is prohibited. All vegetation, wildlife, and natural features are protected in provincial parks. This includes the cutting or picking of any live growth and the damage of any natural or other object. You may not take any fallen or dead wood from a provincial park for the purpose of a campfire or other such intent.
Camping Permit • Fail to vacate & remove property from campsite on permit expiry $95.00 • Unlawfully occupy campsite $155.00 • Camp over time limit $95.00
You are required to vacate and remove all property from your campsite by 2:00 PM on the date your permit expires. The maximum length of stay is 23 consecutive nights and 16 consecutive nights on an interior campsite, to ensure park visitors have an equal opportunity to enjoy our campsites.
Camping Equipment / Persons • Place more than 3 pieces of shelter equipment on campsite • Place more than one tent-trailer, house trailer, or self-propelled camping unit on campsite • Excessive number of persons occupying a campsite.
Without a limit on the amount of camping gear allowed, campsites would quickly deteriorate, becoming larger, eventually destroying the surrounding vegetation. The maximum number of campers allowed per campsite and interior campsite is six persons at Charleston Lake.
Campfires • Start fire other than in fireplace or designated place • Start fire where notice of fire hazard is posted Fireworks • Possess fireworks • Ignite fireworks Hours of Closing • Enter park after closing hours • Remain in park after closing Firearms and Hunting • Use firearm in a provincial park • Possess firearm in a provincial park
Fireplaces are designated by park staff for safety reasons. Restricting fires to these locations greatly reduces the risk of forest fires. At any time during a fire ban, no person is permitted to have a fire unless otherwise stated by the Park Superintendent.
Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited in provincial parks at all times. They constitute a fire hazard and disturb visitors who wish to enjoy the park in a peaceful manner.
Only registered campers are allowed in a provincial park during the posted hours of closing (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.).
Possession and use of a firearm in the park is not permitted. Hunting is not permitted except in a specific area (i.e. Blue Mountain Area) of Charleston Lake Provincial Park and only in accordance with provincial and federal laws.
Fines are subject to change. This is not a complete listing of offences; please refer to the specific legislation.
Provincial Parks are part of the Emergency Phone fabric of Ontario; they’re part of our history,by ourthe culture, our Booth natural environment. They play an essential role in preserving Gatehouse). special landscapes for future generations. Every year thousands of people make new memories, connect with family and learn about the natural environment when they visit a park. The life of every Ontarian would be poorer without provincial parks. Ontario Parks is funded differently than many government departments. Only a small portion of the Ontario Parks’ budget comes from provincial taxes. Most of our funding comes from users, through day-use and camping fees, rentals, leases, etc. This allows us to manage the dayto-day operations of the parks system but limits our ability to fund many deserving projects such as species at risk research, improving trails, and providing educational programs for young people.
Please consider supporting Ontario Parks through the Lasting Gift program at OntarioParks.com, whether it is a one-time donation, a gift to celebrate a loved one, or part of your estate planning. You can also directly support Charleston Lake Provincial Park by donating to the Friends of Charleston Lake Park.
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Because of risks to people and the environment: • Don’t discharge leftover propane into the atmosphere, even if the cylinder comes with a device to do this. • Don’t deposit any propane cylinders into your blue box. • Don’t put cylinders in the garbage. When it comes to the environment, we all have a responsibility!
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Orange Drop is responsible for managing household hazardous waste such as propane cylinders, single-use batteries, empty oil containers and other products that require special care for recycling or safe disposal.
Safely disposing of your propane cylinders ensures that any remaining gases will be captured and the metal, valves and other elements will be recovered and reused.
Single use cylinders may also be brought to an Orange Drop collection site. Visit www.makethedrop.ca and search by postal code to find out where to drop-off your cylinders and other household hazardous waste.
Single use (non-refillable) propane cylinders should be deposited in Orange Drop collection cages found in many provincial parks.
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Comfort Station w/Showers
Barrier Free Campsite
Barrier Free Access
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Tallow Rock Bay
Blue Mountain From Huckleberry Hollow
Scenic views of the rugged Charleston Lake shoreline
Scenic vista (highest point in the park); mature forest with large oak & pine trees; trail access by water only
Scenic lookouts; remote areas of the park
Cross a boardwalk over a wetland; scenic lookout
Pass through rock crevices; large hemlock & pine trees
Quiet & tranquil
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Exploration starts here See page 3 for details.
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BOAT LAUNCH, SANDSTONE ISLAND & SHORELINE TRAILS
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SHADY RIDGE 361 363 CAMPGROUND
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Rent a Canoe, Kayak or Paddle Board
Personal Canoe Storage
Running's Bay No Motorboats
Rentals available from the Canoe Rentals Office at the Discovery Centre (summer) or the Gatehouse (spring/fall)
BEACH DAY USE AREA
HEMLOCK RIDGE TRAIL
BEECH WOODS TRAIL
Rare rock shelter; unique geological features; scenic lookout
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QUIDDITY & TALLOW ROCK BAY TRAILS
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TRAILER SANITARY STATION
Hiking Trails at the Park
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