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Welcome to Murphys Point Provincial Park! Whether you’re a returning customer or visiting us for the first time, we are certainly glad that you chose to enjoy your time here with us camping, at the beach, or perhaps
staff continue to work hard to provide outdoor recreation opportunities. Please visit our website for the most up to date information on facilities and amenities that are available to you: www.ontarioparks.com Have a wonderful, safe and enjoyable stay with us! Curtis Thompson, Park Superintendent.
hiking one of the numerous trails we offer! Maybe you even visited us this past winter and skied, hiked or snow-shoed through the park as we experienced an incredible turn out for winter visitation! Covid-19 is still part of our daily lives here at Murphys Point, and we know it is part of yours as well. We certainly recognise that you may be spending your vacation or down time with us this summer, and that you have earned it. We ask that you continue to show kindness as we work together to provide the best possible experience we can during these unprecedented times. Our staff are doing their very best to keep Murphys Point the incredible natural environment that it is, and to balance safety, visitor enjoyment, and ecological integrity. Please be diligent and follow the local Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District public health guidelines, protect yourselves and others, and enjoy your stay with us. Our
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MURPHYS POINT PROVINCIAL PARK The Turtles of Murphys Point Turtles have a pretty high profile these days – across the province we see signs urging us to slow down at favoured crossing points; we see an increasing number of eco-passages and fencing to assist with those same road-crossings; and there seems to be a genuine interest in protecting their habitats and nests.
the landscape in search of new ponds, partners, and nest sites. It has massive legs and a long spiky tail, giving it an almost prehistoric feel. Often the shell is adorned with aquatic vegetation, particularly algae. This is another species whose nests we actively try to protect so again, if you come across a ‘snapper’ nesting, keep your distance, and notify a member of park staff as soon as possible.
If you want to see a turtle up close, then Murphys Point is not a bad place to find one as the park is home to five species! Some are easily seen (at the right time of year) but others take a bit more luck or dedicated effort. Of these five species all but one are recognised at a provincial level as needing protection. The Midland Painted Turtle is the only species in Ontario that is considered ‘Not at Risk’. However, at the federal level (since some provinces have less stable populations than others), this species is recognised as a ‘Species of Special Concern’. This is certainly the species most commonly encountered in Ontario as it is found in a variety of wetland habitats. It is most frequently seen basking on logs, often in large numbers. It is a small to medium-sized species with yellow stripes and spots on the sides of the neck and a relatively flat (and shiny) shell. Bands of red along the bottom edge of the shell extend onto the legs. They eat a variety of food items including aquatic insects, tadpoles, fish, and aquatic plants.
Snapping Turtle (Mark D. Read) The Musk Turtle, also known as the Stinkpot, is yet another Species of Special Concern. It is not seen very often as it is small (13cms), almost entirely aquatic, and very shy! Oh, it’s also mainly nocturnal… It prefers shallow waters with plenty of aquatic vegetation and will typically walk along the bottom searching for insects and crustaceans. It has a high doomed shell and, other than two thin yellow stripes on the side of the neck, is generally brownish in colour. They reach sexual maturity at 4-5 years old and are believed to live for about 25 years.
Midland Painted Turtle (Ontario Parks) The Map Turtle is a Species of Special Concern that is relatively easy to see at Murphys Point. Found most commonly in larger rivers and lakes, try checking out some of the basking logs in Hogg Bay. Approach carefully, as they are easily spooked. This medium-sized species is quite flat-shelled with a ridge along the back, an intricate pattern of yellow, map-like, markings on the back, and extensive yellow streaks on the neck and legs. We often encounter this species nesting near/at the main beach. If you see this yourself, watch from a respectful distance and please report your sighting as soon as possible to a member of staff as we try to protect as many of the nests as possible from predation by racoons and foxes. It is not possible to protect them all, but we do what we can.
Map Turtle (Simon Lunn) The Snapping Turtle is the largest species of turtle found in Ontario – it is a Species of Special Concern due primarily to its very slow reproductive cycle. This species may live to be over 100 years old but due to poor survival rates for eggs and hatchlings it has been estimated that it takes nearly 60 years and 1500 eggs to ‘replace’ one adult. Being semi-aquatic, this species is often encountered wandering across 2
Musk Turtle (Ontario Parks) At Murphys Point, the Blanding’s Turtle is seen a little more frequently than the Musk Turtle but provincially, it is actually less common and therefore afforded the status of Threatened. This is a medium-sized species with a high domed shell and very distinctive bright yellow throat. It is known to wonder widely and has a home territory that includes a range of aquatic habitats. Moving between these diverse habitats means walking and this is when we are most likely to encounter them. We typically see Blanding’s Turtle most years at the park but rarely in the same location. If you see one count yourself lucky!
Blanding’s Turtle (Ontario Parks) As with any wildlife encounter, we’d love to know what you’ve seen. iNaturalist.ca is a great place to report all your sightings, particularly if you manage to get a photo. It also has some great identification tools so take a picture, upload the file, and join the community science platform that is revolutionising data collection. See page 6 for more. Ontario Parks I Murphys Point
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is one of 13 operating Ontario Provincial Parks within the 36,000 square kilometre area that is subject to treaty negotiations involving Ontario, Canada and the Algonquins of Ontario. All 13 parks will continue to be available for public enjoyment. Learn more about the treaty making process at ontario.ca/algonquinlandclaim
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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.
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MURPHYS POINT PROVINCIAL PARK 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 selfserve instructions posted at the gatehouse.
For reservations, cancellations or changes, call 1-888-ONT-PARK or visit www.ontarioparks.com.
Murphys Point has three group camping sites located outside the main campground area, near Round Lake. Sites can accommodate 15-60 people depending on the site. All are non-electrical and can be booked up to five months in advance by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK or visiting www.ontarioparks.com.
Hogg Bay Campground has 47 campsites equipped with electrical service, including the cabin and two soft-sided shelters. Reservations are recommended. Site 154 in Fallows Campground is a barrier-free site with electrical service.
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-ONT-PARK, or online at www.ontarioparks. com up to five months in advance.
Interpretive Discovery 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
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.
Park staff will deliver urgent telephone messages to your campsite. A pay telephone is located at the gatehouse for visitor use.
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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:
Three major centres, Perth (18km), 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, or pick up a flyer/ brochure at the gatehouse.
Ontario Parks Store:
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.
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).
Pets in Our Park
Pets 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.
Friends of Murphys Point Park:
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 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, 2243 Elm Grove Road, Perth, Ontario, K7H 3C7, 613-267-5060.
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A Fungal Foray This article is not going to be an identification guide; nor is it going to be packed full of mind-blowing facts. Instead, it is more of a celebration of the fungal diversity found in Ontario, and I hope that along the way you’ll be encouraged to take a closer look at these fascinating organisms that play such a critical role in maintaining the ecological integrity of our parks. To get us going, Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) is a fairly easy one to find and recognise. The vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows that this one sports brighten a campsite on even the most overcast of days. Each of the ‘shelves’ can grow as large as a small dinner plate, and the whole thing can have many more shelves than the one shown here. It is typically found on decaying deciduous tree trunks and can be seen throughout the season. Despite being found in northern zones from North America to Asia, this next one is easily overlooked, as it stands at only 15mm tall. This is the Fluted Bird’s Nest (Cyathus striatus), named as such because the sporecontaining peridioles look like little bird’s eggs. During rain, the ‘eggs’ are propelled into the air and attach to vegetation. It is believed the spores are ingested by herbivores – their poop providing a great place to restart the cycle.
Chicken of the Woods
It is sometimes easier to find a target species by knowing, and then taking a closer look at, its host. Although the Hemlock Varnish Shelf (Ganoderma tsugae) can be found on a variety of decaying firs and other conifers, it is aptly named due to its preference for Eastern Hemlock. This species first appears in the late spring as a white blob that matures by mid-summer into the hard but shiny ‘bracket’ that you see here. This bright, shiny surface is very distinctive. It is believed this genus of fungi has medicinal properties. I had to include this next one due to its stunning purple-violet colouration – how often do you see this sort of colour in nature? This one is aptly named the Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystina) (amethyst for its colour and deceiver since the colour fades rapidly making it hard to identify). It is usually found singularly or in small groups, and is most commonly associated with beech though is not as fussy as the previous species. It is most commonly seen in late summer. The Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus) is a species most commonly seen in the spring. It is found across North America, Europe, Asia, and even Australia, and can grow to almost 50cm in diameter. It plays a particularly important role in the decomposition of dead and decaying hardwood trees (elm is a favourite) but is occasionally also found on living maples. It is another of the ‘bracket’ fungi but the pale brown cap with intricate patterning is quite distinctive.
Fluted Bird’s Nest
Our final fungi are the Eyelash Cups (Scutellinia sp.). These distinctive and colourful fungi are small, with a disc when mature, or ‘cup’ when younger, of just 1cm (often much less) in diameter. These cups are entirely bordered by the long ‘hairs’ that give the genus their common name. I honestly don’t know the purpose of the ‘eyelashes’ but if you do, please let me know! If you want to find them, they are widespread and relatively common on damp to very damp, well-rotted deadwood and other vegetation from June onwards. These fungi were all photographed at Murphys Point Provincial Park by Mark Read, our A/Discovery Leader. Please remember, it is not easy to identify the thousands of species found here in Ontario so please be very careful if handling them, as some can be quite toxic. A better way to enjoy and share their spectacular colours and shapes is to take home with you some vivid memories. Adding photos of your finds to iNaturalist may bring you an identification but if nothing else, your additions will add to our growing knowledge of the province’s incredible biodiversity.
Hemlock Varnish Shelf
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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.
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Making your Wildlife Observations Count You’ll see an ad on this page about iNaturalist – but what is it all about? First of all, it is a great place to get your nature photos identified by a mixture of increasingly accurate artificial intelligence and/or a global team of experts. This verifiable information then becomes available to scientists and park managers to help them assess the distribution and abundance of our flora and fauna. Of course, it also makes for some great viewing, and will give you an idea of what’s been seen lately. Visit the Murphys Point project (www.inaturalist.org/projects/murphyspoint-provincial-park) to browse the 14,000 observations and 2100 species recorded in the park. The most exciting observation of 2020 was a new species of moth for Ontario. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a common name but if it did would likely be called American Elm Leafminer. Leaf mines are caused mainly by moths, sawflies and flies. It’s incredible to think that the larvae of these insects (a caterpillar in this case) lives between the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf feeding away and protected from enquiring birds and budding entomologists. With the additional decline of the American Elm, it’s no wonder it’s never been seen in Ontario before. But it’s not all about finding new records – over the year, almost 100 observers recorded nearly 1100 species in the park. What will you add to the project?
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
Let's all be Bear Wise Always call 911 in an emergency Call 1-866-514-2327 to report a sighting
To make your observations even more useful, please join the Murphys Point project – that way precise location data become available to us. To see a demo and find out more about iNaturalist, please speak with one of our Discovery rangers.
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Watch out for the Friends’ students sporting their new uniforms. Here are Rachel, Peter, and Emma from last year.
Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, your Friends of Murphys Point continue to be active and busy…and we’re getting pretty good with Zoom! You may not see us in person as much as usual (we’re missing those barbecues!), but you can still see our impact around the park, through displays and signage at the Visitor Centre, along the Silver Queen Mine Trail and at McParlan House; with publications such as trail guides and educational booklets; and with our fantastic summer students. The Friends formed in 1995 and, ever since, have partnered with the Park to help showcase the natural and cultural history of this beautiful and vibrant place. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, members, summer students, Park staff and the support of thousands of visitors like you, we’ve been able to raise funds and undertake numerous projects. One of our biggest achievements has been to hire more than 70 students in those 25 years to help interpret the Park’s resources. Many have gone on to full-time careers in related fields or have returned as volunteers to support the Friends. Watch for our staff in their brightly coloured uniforms this summer! Over the years, the Friends have been recognized for numerous initiatives, including: • Indigenous education in partnership with the Park following two canoe builds with Chuck Commanda of the Algonquin First Nation • Hands-on archaeology program offered to school groups called Archaeo Apprentice • Super Kids In Parks program that encouraged kids to get outside and love nature • Top 100 Festivals and Events and Outstanding Achievement for Heritage Mica Days activities
Over 25 years our volunteers have helped in myriad ways, such as clearing trails, writing scripts and performing in productions, flipping thousands of burgers and hot dogs, developing award-winning nature and cultural education programs, sewing costumes, writing grant applications and working to build relationships and enhance Indigenous education. Wildlife projects have included nesting platforms for Osprey and Common Loons; bullfrog and Golden-winged Warblers research; an adopt-a-snake program to raise funds to help monitor the threatened Gray Ratsnake population, as well as radio telemetry work to pinpoint hibernation sites and critical habitat that can be protected in the park; and supporting citizen science opportunities such as BioBlitzes. Volunteers on the Board of Directors work diligently to maintain our charitable organization and to support interesting projects and activities for our members, volunteers and visitors – join us and get involved! As uncertainty about this season’s activities continues, please watch our website at www.friendsofmurphyspoint.ca as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for information. Meanwhile, here are some ways you can help us to continue our operations and activities – all of which can be done through our website: • Become a member – it’s only $10! You can also receive a tax receipt if you make a donation to us! • Adopt-a-Snake – go online to pick out a snake you would like to name and “adopt”! • Buy one of our fabulous new T-shirts! • Watch for other fundraisers advertised throughout the year. Thank you for supporting the Friends and beautiful Murphys Point Provincial Park!
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 in only 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. 8
The Ontario Parks Turtle Protection Project Did you know all eight of Ontario’s turtle species are now at risk? Visit the park store to purchase your turtle merchandise. Proceeds from your purchase of this collection will help fund our Turtle Protection Project. For more information on this project, please visit OntarioParks.com/donate Ontario Parks I Murphys Point
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Winter Trails at Murphys Point
Black-legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) on a blade of grass.
These Black-legged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles. Black-legged 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. Photo by: Jim Gathany, CDC
The ski club hosts a popular loppet as well as ski lessons for youngsters and adults alike. Soon 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 Jackrabbits 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.com
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: • Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. • Wear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. • Use insect repellent containing “Deet” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. • Conduct a tick check. Look on your clothes, body and pets. Pay close attention to your groin, scalp and armpits. • If you find a tick on your body, properly remove it and place it in a container. Contact your local health unit to inquire about having the tick sent for identification and testing. This test may take several months and is not diagnostic. 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 Murphys Point. For more information please consult the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/lyme-disease
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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 Blacklegged (Deer) Tick, Ixodes Scapularis. Both ticks can be found in wooded areas or tall grass habitats. In Ontario, Blacklegged ticks are more commonly found in rural areas along the north shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. Blacklegged 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 Blacklegged ticks, or to be infected with Lyme disease from the bite of an infected Blacklegged tick, almost anywhere in the province. 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 bullseye rash that can develop anywhere on the body; however, this rash Ontario Parks I Murphys Point
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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. Park staff can provide contact information for the local Health Unit, or alternatively 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.
DON’T • Grasp around bloated belly and squeeze the tick • Use a match, heat or chemicals to try and remove it • Twist the tick when pulling it out
Campers and day-visitors! Please help us keep parks clean and dispose of all garbage correctly. Garbage can result in human-wildlife conflict and become a hazard to park visitors. We suggest bringing a garbage bag with you to collect your trash and dispose of it at park designated garbage and recycling areas before heading home. We appreciate and encourage park-lovers who are committed to protecting our environment for the future. 9
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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 to the canopy and feeds on the edges of ash leaves.
Eggs: Houping Liu, MSU, Bugwood.org Larva: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org Pupa: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org Adult: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
We knew this day would come. Since the Emerald Ash Borer beetle (EAB) was discovered for the first time in North America in 2002 (in Windsor and Detroit), it and the damage it causes has steadily been making its way towards us. EAB 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 known to slow its path of destruction. At our sister park, Rideau River, EAB has already taken a heavy toll with over 400 trees lost since 2017. This alien pest arrived in the Perth area in 2016.
What’s Next? In 2019, EAB was discovered for the first time at Murphys Point. To help us assess the spread, we have engaged foresters and our own ecologists to help us monitor the ash trees in the park. You too can also help by letting us know if you suspect a dying ash tree near your campsite or elsewhere in the park. You can also help prevent the spread of the beetle by leaving firewood at home. Visit www.ontario.ca/page/emerald-ash-borer for more information
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Murphys pOINT pROVINCIAL pARK Trails connect here Noble Boat-ins 411-414
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Narrows Boat-ins 407-410
Ash Hill Loon Lake
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Rideau Canoe-ins 401-402
Feldspar Boat-ins 403-406 McParlan House
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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.
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Take A Hike Sylvan Trail – 2.5 km return, moderate
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.
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 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 – 2.8 km return, easy LOON LAKE LOOP – 1 km, easy
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 Loon Lake Loop skirts the edge of the lake and includes the first section of the McParlan House Trail. Both trails start near campsite #45 in the Hogg Bay Campground. Limited parking available.
RIDEAU TRAIL – south end moderate, west end easy
The 9 km section of the Rideau Trail that runs through the park, is part of the 300 km route from Ottawa to Kingston.
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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 Park, introduce you to the mica-mining boom of the early 1900s. Both guides are available at the park store or, in limited quantities, at each trailhead. 11
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Big Rideau Lake
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Stone Road 141 141
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Forest Road 175 175
186 186 188 188
180 180 179 179
159 159 156 156
Fallows Comfort Station
Barrier-free site site Barrier-free
Amphitheatre & Campfire Circle
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Hardwood Drive 107 107
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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.
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