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Murphys Point 2017 Information Guide

Common Loon

Simon Lunn

Blanding’s Turtle

Tobi Kiesewalter

American Giant Millipede

Simon Lunn

Gray Treefrog

Swamp Milkweed

Tobi Kiesewalter

Luna Moth

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or some it’s a love/hate kind of thing but most will be pleasantly surprised by the latest craze to hit Murphys Point Provincial Park – moths. Ranging in size from as big as your hand to smaller than a grain of rice, staff at the park have been documenting this understudied group for the last couple of years. From a starting point of just 56 known species in the park, work in 2015 increased that number to 173. 2016 was even better, with an additional 213 species added to the database bringing the park list up to an impressive total of 386 – that’s 330 ‘new’ species in just 2 years! However, the numbers only tell a small part of the story. What this is really about is finding that spark, that connection to nature that encourages us to ask questions and find out more about the plants and animals that inhabit the environment around us. The diversity in moth shape, size and colour is just amazing and, unlike butterflies, these beauties spread their wings for all to see. The next time you see a moth, stop and have a look – a proper look, up close with a magnifying lens. Take the 6mm Orange-headed Epicallima for example. Wow, is that real? Yes, like many moths it has an unusual and unpronounceable name but look at the detail packed into just 6mm! Beauty aside, moths also play an important role in the ecosystem, being the favourite food of many birds and other animals. Even fox cubs have been seen coming to the lights to enjoy a little midnight snack. Yes, caterpillars feast on vast quantities of vegetation but everything has its place.

Photos: Mark Read

Over 380 species of moth are known to call the park home. Many more have yet to be discovered. American Lappet Moth

Hydrangea Sphinx

Blinded Sphinx

Wavy-lined Emerald

Of course, it’s not just moths that come to the trap. Other critters regularly seen include walking sticks, mantids, caddisflies, dobsonflies and peculiar little click beetles – something that everyone just has to see. Live trapping also allows us to understand when the different species emerge. For example, the best time to see some of the larger ones, such as the palm-sized Luna Moth, is the 2-3 week period from the end of June to early July. What do you need to get started? Not much at all, you’ll be pleased to hear. It really can be as simple as leaving a light on overnight and periodically going out to check what has turned up. However, a simple home-made trap can be built for less than $20. The addition of a field guide would be useful, though some excellent online resources are freely available. Taking pictures of what you see is also a good idea. Most mobile phones these days have cameras that are quite adequate though a macro function is certainly beneficial. The final stage is to record what you see and share that information (and passion) with others.

Parthenice Tiger Moth

Polyphemus Moth

Love/hate/indifference? Get your geek on and join us for one of our moth nights or, even better, pick an understudied group (apparently caddisflies might be the way to go) and share your findings with us through the numerous citizen science projects out there. Pop into the Visitor Centre and speak to a member of staff about doing your bit for nature.

Scarlet-winged Lichen Moth

Shining Dichomeris

Orange-headed Epicallima

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Discover Murphys Point…

…at a Silver Queen Mine Open House:

The Silver Queen Mine and restored miner’s bunkhouse are open every Sunday morning from 10 a.m. – noon in July and August. Park at the Lally Homestead and walk down the trail. Along the way, you will be greeted by park staff and costumed interpreters. No sign-up required

…on a Guided Tour of the Silver Queen Mine:

Limited capacity, please pre-register at the gatehouse for one of these tours, offered on average twice during the week. Park staff lead visitors on this 1 – 1 ½ hour hike down the trail and into the mine, with stops along the way. Hardhats supplied!

…at an evening Nature Show:

Simon Lunn

Experienced naturalists and engaging park guides can make your park experience more enriching and enjoyable. Programs and activities are offered daily in July and August and occasionally at other times of the year. The Visitor Centre is open from 1-4 p.m. in July and August. Check out our weekly program schedule for more details.

…at a Kids Program:

Experienced Park Naturalists present engaging talks with photos, video clips and audience interaction, usually at the outdoor amphitheatre, next to the main beach.

…in the Discovery Zone: Usually at the main beach, park staff lead 30-45 minute, interactive kids programs on a variety of nature topics. Designed with kids aged 6-12 in mind, accompanied an adult guardian.

…at a Prop Talk:

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Stop by the Visitor Centre in July and August for a daily live Ratsnake demonstration at 2 p.m. Keep an eye out for other prop talks. You may stumble across a Park Naturalist with an insect net, binoculars or a table set up with skulls, pelts and other props, ready for your questions!

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Pick up a copy of your Discovery Book and Journal, designed for kids aged 6-12, at the Visitor Centre, store or gatehouse. The book is full of activities designed to get kids to explore nature in the park. Watch for Discovery Zone activities, where kids can explore alongside park guides.


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Superintendent’s Message Welcome to Murphys Point Provincial Park! Whether you’re a first time camper or a visitor for the day, we certainly hope you enjoy your stay with us. Many incredible venues and vistas await your exploration this year; here are a few highlights for this season. Healthy Parks Healthy People – Celebrate with us July 21st, 2017 Have you ever wondered why you feel so good after a walk along the trail, a bike ride along your favourite path or even just sitting at the beach enjoying the sun and sand? Spending time in nature is healthy! From stress relief to exercise to learning more about the environment you live in, spending time in nature has been proven beneficial. Please come out and celebrate being in nature with us on July 21st… what will it cost you? Nothing, IT’s FREE FOR THE DAY! The Friends of Murphys Point Always doing something unique and creative here at Murphys Point, our volunteer Friends Organization has received grant funding to hold a bioblitz this summer! A bioblitz is a period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct a field study in a number of different categories. Please check our Friends website for more details at www.freindsofmurphyspoint.ca. New Picnic Shelter Overlooking Hogg Bay Last fall we were awarded funding to build a small picnic shelter overlooking Hogg Bay at the main camper’s beach. This shelter is a great addition that will provide shade for the summer months, a place for families to gather with spectacular views and a gathering spot for staff to conduct programming. On behalf of our staff I wish you a safe and enjoyable stay at Murphys Point. Sincerely, Curtis Thompson Park Superintendent

First Aid and Emergencies

First Aid kits for the treatment of minor cuts and scrapes are located in park offices and park vehicles. Trained staff can provide basic First Aid assistance upon request. For serious accidents they will provide assistance and put you in touch with professional care. There is a standard pay-phone near the gatehouse. Wardens are on duty throughout the night. Emergency Telephone Numbers:

Ambulance, Fire Department, Ontario Provincial Police: 911 Perth Hospital: 613-267-1500 Park Warden Cell #: 613-812-3978 The park is located at:

2243 Elm Grove Road, Perth, ON 613-267-5060

For Your Information Choosing Your Campsite:

If you do not have a reservation, a staff member would be happy to assist you in choosing a site. During off-season hours, follow the self-serve instructions posted at the gatehouse.

R Reservations:

For reservations, cancellations or changes, call 1-888-ONT-PARK or visit www.ontarioparks.com.

Our Park Store offers a good selection of groceries and camping supplies such as fresh coffee, ice cream, ice, soft drinks and fishing supplies, as well as canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, books and toys. From clothing to small souvenirs and gift items, a line of Ontario Parks merchandise is available at the Park Store. Handicraft and gift sales from our Friends of Murphys Point Park corner support education programming at the park.

Friends of Murphys Point Park:

Group Camping:

Reservations for group camping can only be made by calling the park directly (613-267-5060).

Electrical Campsites

Hogg Bay Campground has 47 campsites equipped with electrical service, including the cabin and two soft-sided shelters. Reservations are recommended. Also, site 154 in Fallows Campground is a barrier-free site with electrical service.

Interior Campsites

The park has 14 boat-in campsites (401-414), located in 4 clusters on Big Rideau Lake (refer to the map on page 11). Three clusters each have four campsites, a vault toilet and docking facilities. The 4th cluster, called Rideau, has two campsites, a vault toilet and no docking facilities (for canoes/kayaks only). Reservations can be made for boat-in campsites by calling 1-888-668-7275, or online at www. ontarioparks.com up to five months in advance.

Natural Heritage Education:

Interpretive programs include guided hikes, children’s programs, mine tours, evening programs and special events. Check our bulletin boards or ask a gate attendant for a schedule of upcoming events.

Garbage Disposal and Trailer Waste:

Please sort and deposit your recyclables and garbage into the appropriate bins at the nearest waste station. Trailer sewage may be dumped at the sanitation station on the way out of the park, just past the gatehouse. To ensure that trailer wastes do not spoil sites for other campers, we ask that you dump the contents of your sink at any vault toilet, comfort station or at the trailer dumping station.

If you would like to support the park further, consider joining the Friends of Murphys Point Park. The Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of the park’s natural and cultural heritage. The Friends support the park through a variety of activities such as fundraising, taking part in local community events and helping to support the park’s education programs. See page 8 for more information or visit www.friendsofmurphyspoint.ca

At the Beach:

Parents – Children are your responsibility in a Provincial Park. Murphys Point does not provide lifeguards. Use the buddy system and never swim alone. When playing with Frisbees, etc., respect the rights of other beach users and move away from the crowded areas. Please do not pollute the water with soaps and shampoos. Avoid using glass containers in the beach or swimming areas. Dogs and other pets are not allowed at beach areas. Dogs are permitted to swim at the boat launch and the administration dock (on Noble Bay, near the Park Store). For more information, please feel free to talk with our park staff at the gatehouse or park office. You may also call or write to the park at: Murphys Point Provincial Park, RR #5, Perth, Ontario, K7H 3C7, 613-267-5060.

Pets in Our Park

Trailer Storage:

For your convenience, Murphys Point has trailer storage facilities at the park. Should you wish to store your trailer or RV with us between camping dates, for the day, week, month, or season, please ask at the gatehouse or park office.

Campfires and Firewood:

Every campsite has a fire pit. Wood and kindling are available from the store. If the store is closed, wood may be purchased at the gatehouse or, in limited quantities, from the park wardens. Please remember that you cannot burn dead wood from the forest floor or cut living trees for firewood.

Messages:

Campers’ messages can be posted on the bulletin board at the gatehouse. Park staff will deliver urgent telephone messages to your campsite. A pay telephone is located at the gatehouse for visitor use.

Drinking Water, Washrooms, Showers & Laundry: Taps for drinking water are located throughout the campgrounds. You’ll find one within easy walking distance of your campsite. Water system results are available for review at the park office during regular business hours. In addition to numerous vault toilets, there are two comfort stations in the park with running water. Check the campground map on page 12 for locations. These facilities have hot water, showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets. Laundry facilities are located at the Rideau Comfort Station.

Groceries and Supplies:

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Ontario Parks Store:

Three major centres, Perth (22km), Smiths Falls (32km) and Westport (30km) provide most goods and services, including groceries, restaurants and fishing licenses. Rideau Ferry offers marina facilities, a restaurant and snack bar, and a general store where fishing licenses can be purchased. Ask park staff for more information on supplies or check the local services book available at the gatehouse.

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ets are welcome to visit Murphys Point with their families! Owners, please ensure your pet is leashed and picked-up after out of respect for nature and other park users (and to avoid being fined). Please obey signage indicating pet-free zones, for example, in beach areas. You may take your pet swimming at the administration dock on Noble Bay (park at the Park Store) or at the boat launch docks. Pets must be leashed at all times when out of the water. Pets are allowed at Silver Queen Mine events but not in the mine or in the restored miner’s bunkhouse.


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Algonquin land claim negotiations update On October 18, 2016 the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the Algonquins of Ontario celebrated a major milestone in their journey toward reconciliation and renewed relationships by signing a historic Agreement-in-Principle (AIP).

Raccoons Are Not Picky Eaters Make sure anything with a scent: • food • condiments • toiletries

• empty cans & bottles • barbeques • coolers

• eating utensils • garbage

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.

This is a key step toward a modern-day treaty to resolve the Algonquins of Ontario land claim addressing an area of 36,000 square kilometres of their traditional territory in eastern Ontario that was never surrendered under a treaty. The signing of the AIP paves the way for continued negotiations toward a Final Agreement that will define the ongoing rights of the Algonquins of Ontario to lands and natural resources within the settlement area. What would the proposed settlement mean for Ontario Parks? • There are 13 operating provincial parks within the Algonquins of Ontario land claim territory, including Murphys Point Provincial Park. Opportunities to enjoy these parks will not be changed as a result of the land claim negotiations. They will continue to be available for the residents and tourists who visit them each year. • In fact, the overall result of the proposals set out in the Agreement-in-Principle would be a net increase in the amount of parks and protected areas in the claim territory. • The proposed package includes recommendations for an addition to Lake St. Peter Provincial Park and a new 30,000-acre provincial park in the area of Crotch Lake in Frontenac County. The negotiators expect there will be about five more years of negotiation before the Algonquin land claim will be fully resolved. Public consultation opportunities will continue to be provided as the negotiations proceed. To learn more, including detailed information about the Ontario Crown lands proposed for transfer to Algonquin ownership, which include some non-operating park land, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation website at: ontario.ca/algonquinlandclaim. You may also contact the Ontario negotiation team by calling 613-732-8081, toll-free at 1-855-690-7070, or e-mailing alcinfo@ontario.ca.

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The Friends of Murphys Point Park Bioblitz activities, held on June 10/11 and July 21, 2017, will attempt to add to our understanding of the biodiversity of the park.

The Friends have hired more than 50 students to help deliver educational programming and assist with wildlife monitoring programs such as the Adopt-a-Snake program.

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ince 1995, the Friends of Murphys Point have been a fixture at the park. Our volunteers have worked in many different ways to enhance and promote the natural and cultural heritage at Murphys Point – and we hope you’ll support our work! Whether they are sewing costumes, hosting special events, writing scripts, clearing trails, helping with wildlife projects or special events, flipping hamburgers, developing programs, creating displays, writing grants, serving on the Board of Directors or participating in myriad other activities, the Friends have a fantastic and talented base of volunteers. Would you like to be involved? Since 1995 we have hired more than 50 students to help bring the natural and cultural heritage of the park to life – and we are very proud of this accomplishment! Many of our students have gone on to full-time careers in related fields, and have introduced the magic of Murphys Point to thousands of visitors! Some of our natural heritage projects over the years have included building nesting platforms for Osprey and Loons, conducting research on bullfrog and Golden-winged Warbler populations, starting an adopt-a-snake program to raise funds to help monitor the threatened Gray Ratsnake population and tracking six snakes through radio telemetry, which resulted in learning about four new hibernation sites and critical habitat that can be protected in the park. On the cultural heritage side, we have raised funds for interpretive materials, including trail guides, educational booklets, costumes, signage, visitor centre displays, the

ore wagon display on the Silver Queen Mine Trail and the McParlan House trail bridge. For a number of years we offered hands-on archaeology to school groups with the award-winning Archaeo Apprentice program at the McParlan House site, and we developed the Super Kids In Parks program to encourage kids to get outside and love nature at the park. Heritage Mica Days open activities at the Silver Queen Mine continue to draw visitors and earned a “Top 100 Festival and Event” designation for two years and an “Outstanding Achievement” award by Ontario Parks. This year we are excited to partner with the park on a series of Bioblitz activities. A bioblitz is an event that brings together biologists, volunteers and members of the public to inventory as many species as possible. We will use our series of bioblitz events to promote citizen science programs that anyone can get involved with. Other events include 150th Birthday Celebrations on Canada Day, fundraising dinners and barbecues, the 3rd Annual Mica Fun Run in October, and more. Watch for details posted online and in the park.

We can’t do all of these wonderful things without the support of our many volunteers and through our fundraising efforts. Please consider joining the Friends of Murphys Point, volunteering or making a donation. You can find more information about memberships and activities on our website at www.friendsofmurphyspoint.ca or at the Visitor Centre. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too! You can also support us by purchasing Friends merchandise in the store. Help us to continue to support our favourite park for decades to come!

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www.friendsofmurphyspoint.ca Friends members volunteer with events and raise funds for musicians for programs such as the Canada Day concert or Silver Queen Mine open house events.

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The ski club hosts a popular loppet as well as ski lessons for youngsters and adults alike.

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oon after most campers pack away their gear for the winter, another group of dedicated park users gears up for a busy season. With the help of park staff, volunteers with the Tay Valley Ski Club groom and trackset over 15 kms of cross country ski trail on campground roads and hiking trails. Two warm-up chalets (the Park Store building and the Lally Chalet) are opened up for skiers and snowshoers. Among other activities, the club also runs an annual Loppet and a Bunny Rabbits ski instruction program for young skiers. Valid permits for the ski season include a Tay Valley Ski Club membership card, Ontario Parks winter or annual permit or a daily vehicle permit. All can be purchased at the self-serve ski kiosk in the ski parking lot. For more information including a trail map or updated ski conditions, call the park at 613-267-5060 or visit the website at www.tayvalleyskiclub.wordpress.com

Ticks and Lyme Disease D o 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 necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. There are many different species of tick and not all of them carry Lyme disease. The most common tick you may encounter is the American Dog Tick, which does not carry the disease. The only tick that carries Lyme disease in Ontario is the Blacklegged (or Deer) Tick (Ixodes scapularis). Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. Ticks feed slowly, and an infected tick must feed on you for at least 24 hours in order to infect you with the bacteria that causes 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) W  ear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 2) W  ear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. 3) U  se insect repellent containing “DEET” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). 4) C  onduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body and pet. Pay close attention to your neck and scalp region, lower limbs and under arms. By following these simple suggestions you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Murphys Point Park. For more information please consult: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/ publications/disease/lyme.aspx You can also visit: www.ontario.ca/lyme

Found a Tick? DO • Use fine point tweezers • Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible • Gently pull straight out • Disinfect the bite area • Save tick (alive if possible) in a jar, with a piece of wet paper towel for identification and potential testing. Take your tick to any staff member; they will direct you to the local Health Unit • Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick

DON’T •Grasp around bloated belly •Use a match, heat or chemicals •Twist when pulling out the tick

Blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles.

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Blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis) 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 nutrient-rich host blood. Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) on a blade of grass

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The Aliens Are At the Door

Larva: The larva grows through four stages to be up to 3 cms long. It eats in the cambial layer under the bark. As it tunnels, it forms S-shaped galleries that interrupt the tree’s flow of nutrients. This kills the tree.

Eggs: Females lay up to 275 eggs, less than 1 mm each, singly in bark crevices. Hatching after a few weeks in the summer, the larvae chew through the bark and into the cambial layer underneath.

Pupa: The pupa forms in a chamber under the bark in spring.

Adult: The beetle emerges from the pupa and, by late June, chews through the bark, leaving a D-shaped exit hole. It flies into the canopy and feeds on the edges of ash leaves.

W

e knew this day would come. Since Emerald Ash Borers (EAB) were discovered for the first time in North America in 2002 (in Windsor and Detroit), it has steadily been making its way towards us. It is now found across much of Ontario, Quebec and many States south of the border. In its path, this shiny, green beetle is killing ash trees, often within one or two years. Native to Asia, EAB is an alien pest in North America with no native enemies that have been able to slow its path of destruction. As of 2016, this alien pest is now in the Perth area. It is only a matter of time before we start seeing the first dead ash casualties of EAB.

Eggs: Houping Liu, MSU, Bugwood.org Larva: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org Pupa: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org Adult: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

What’s Next?

We will continue to look for signs of infection in the park. To help us with that, we have engaged foresters to help us assess the ash trees in the park. In the meantime, you can help by letting us know if you suspect a dying ash tree near your campsite. You can also help to prevent the spread of the beetle by leaving firewood at home. Visit www.inspection.gc.ca for more information.

ATTENTION A single piece of firewood can destroy millions of trees. Did you know that transporting firewood allows invasive species such as the emerald ash borer to spread, as they hide under the bark where you can’t see them? Something as simple as bringing your own firewood when you travel to or from your favourite campsite could threaten and destroy thousands, even millions, of trees. Please leave firewood at home to prevent the spread of these pests. A better alternative is to purchase firewood locally around the park; however please check for pest infestation and avoid purchasing ash firewood. To help slow the spread of emerald ash borer Ontario Parks will continue to seize firewood transported from all areas regulated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). You could face penalties of up to $50,000 and/or prosecution if you move firewood out of an area regulated for a quarantined pest without prior approval from the CFIA. For more information and the latest updates about emerald ash borer and regulated areas, please visit www.inspection.gc.ca or contact the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342.

REPORT INVASIVE SPECIES Invasive species threaten our parks. Learn how to stop the invasion at ontario.ca/invasionON Follow #invasionON


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Murphys Point Provincial Park

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Mature hardwood forest, rollercoaster topography. An interpretive trail guide focuses on the trail’s geology and ecology. Park at day use or hike in from Fallows campground (near campsite 183), or hike in from the Point Trail (NEW trail junction in 2016!).

Point Trail – 5.5 km return (first loop), 8 km return (Sylvan loop), moderate

Hike through mature forest communities to a natural beach, 20 minutes down the trail. Continue along the loop to the tip of the point and back, paralleling the Big Rideau shoreline. Or, link with the Sylvan Trail (NEW trail junction in 2016) to extend your hike! Park at the boat launch.

Silver Queen Mine Trail – 2.5 km return, easy

Beaver Pond Trail (alternate return from mine) – 1 km, moderate Historic trail through meadows and young forest to mine pits and a restored bunkhouse. An interpretive trail guide focuses on the mining history and geology. Sign up for a guided hike at the gatehouse for access into the mine and bunkhouse. Beaver Pond Trail provides an alternate route back from the mine site.

Lally Homestead Trail – 0.9 km loop, easy

This trail takes you past historic rock piles, fence lines and remnant buildings that speak to the Lallys’ farming days. It also winds through three major habitat types, from open meadows, through a ribbon of mature maple woods to a scenic lookout over the Black Creek marsh.

McParlan House Trail, Rideau Trail, Loop Lake Loop

The McParlan House Trail leads you along an old roadbed that once accessed cottages and the mine loading docks on Hogg Bay. It crosses Black Creek to the restored McParlan House and remnants of the Burgess Sawmill. The 6 km section of Rideau Trail in the park is part of the 300 km trail from Ottawa to Kingston. The Loon Lake Loop skirts the edge of the lake and includes the first section of the McParlan House Trail. All trails start near campsite #45 in the Hogg Bay Campground. Limited parking available. Bicycles are permitted along the McParlan House Trail and the gravel roadbed portion of the Silver Queen Mine Trail. They are not permitted on any other trails.

Interpretive Trail Guides Let one of our trail guides accompany you on your hike along the Sylvan Trail or the Silver Queen Mine Trail. Both guides are full-colour, glossy, 28-page booklets with informative stops that correspond to numbered posts along the trail. Discover the unique geology and ecology along the Sylvan Trail. Let the Silver Queen Mine Trail Guide, produced by the Friends of Murphys Point, introduce you to the mica-mining boom of the early 1900s. Both guides are available at the park store ($1) or, in limited quantities, at each trailhead.


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Park Office Visitor Centre

Protecting You & Your Park We want your stay at Murphys Point Provincial Park to be as safe and enjoyable as possible. Please follow this basic rule when visiting Ontario Provincial Parks: ‘have respect and consideration for your fellow visitors and the park environment.’ Loud Noise – Disturbing Other Persons Be considerate. Please keep the volume of your music, and your voices, to a reasonable level. Interfering with anyone else’s enjoyment of a park, day or night, is not only inconsiderate – it is also contrary to park regulations. Alcoholic Beverages Drinking, or the possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage is permitted only on a registered campsite. Caution: An alcohol ban is in effect from the second Friday in May until the Monday of the Victoria Day weekend. Watch for posters. Park Resources They’re yours to enjoy, so help us protect them. Our parks are full of interesting and precious vegetation, wildlife, natural earth features and archaeological/historical sites. Remember, it is against the law to remove or destroy anything in a Provincial Park. Camping and Vehicle Permits Please remember that you must have a valid permit to camp or to use your vehicle in a Provincial Park. Unlicensed Motor Vehicles, All Terrain Vehicles ATV’s, off-road motorcycles or any other unlicensed vehicles may be operated only in an area designated for that purpose by the Superintendent. Bicycles May be operated on roads only. Parking Vehicles may be parked only in areas provided for that purpose. Check-Out Time Check-out time is 2 p.m. on the day of your departure. You must vacate your site by that time. Length of Stay Except with the permission of the Superintendent, the maximum length of stay in a Provincial Park is 23 days in a year.

Shelter Equipment A campsite and vehicle permit authorises one vehicle and up to 3 pieces of shelter equipment on a campsite. Only one of these can be a tent trailer, house trailer or self-propelled camping unit. Campfires Fires are permitted in fireplaces only. PLEASE be careful with fires at all times. Hours of Closing Only registered campers may remain in a Provincial Park during the posted hours of closing – 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Number of People per Site A maximum of six persons or one family unit is permitted on each campsite. Refuse Please have regard for the condition of your campsite. Deposit all your garbage and litter in the containers provided and leave your campsite in a clean and natural state. Fireworks Possession or use of fireworks in any Provincial Park is prohibited at all times. Firearms Firearms are not permitted in Provincial Parks, except by regulation. Boating, Water-skiing Act safely in accordance with the regulations when boating or water-skiing. Boats are not permitted in any designated swimming areas. Leaving Vehicles or Boats Unattended You may not leave your vehicle or boat unattended in a Provincial Park, except in areas designated for that purpose or by permission of the Park Superintendent. Please note that this is a summary only, and not a complete list of all the regulations that apply in Ontario’s Provincial Parks. Park superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Park Wardens and Conservation Officers have all the power and authority of an Ontario Provincial Police Officer in a Provincial Park. You are invited to examine copies of the Provincial Parks Act and other legislation listing all the laws that apply in Provincial Parks at the Park Office. The penalty for violation of the laws may be eviction from the Park or a fine imposed by the Court or both.

Murphys Point Provincial Park 2017 Information Guide  

Murphys Point Provincial Park 2017 Information Guide