SHARBOT LAKE/SILVER LAKE
2021 INFORMATION GUIDE
From the Park Superintendent Welcome to the 2021 camping season at Sharbot Lake and Silver Lake Provincial Parks. We know that everyone is happy to be back camping and enjoying the great outdoors. We have been busy at Sharbot Lake and Silver Lake Provincial Parks since last fall. At Sharbot Lake, a new comfort station, trailer sanitation station and tile bed were constructed. The new barrier free washrooms and showers will serve generations to come. At Silver Lake, the comfort station was upgraded with new partitions, sinks and counters. Park staff also upgraded picnic tables, firepits, retaining walls, water taps and various other improvements throughout the park. This summer will be busier than last year. Please show respect for the health considerations of others, keep our parks clean, follow Ontario Parks rules and be patient with fellow campers and staff.
WHAT’S INSIDE For Your Information....................................... 2 Algonquin Treaty Update................................. 3 Ticks and Lyme Disease................................... 4 Local Services.................................................. 5 Pets in our Park............................................... 7 Park Maps.................................................... 7-8
We take pride in providing clean facilities, secure parks and friendly service. Staff will be wearing PPE, socially distancing and following additional cleaning requirements as Covid-19 protocols continue. As a result, it takes extra time to clean facilities and to register campers. We sell camping supplies including firewood, ice, novelty ice cream and Ontario Parks merchandise at both Park Offices. Need something to do? Why not discover the many local recreational, shopping, artisan and eatery opportunities. Don’t miss exploring the attractions in Sharbot Lake, Westport and Perth. On behalf of all staff members, I wish you a safe and pleasurable stay. Sincerely Robert Gunn Park Superintendent Sharbot Lake and Silver Lake Provincial Parks
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, please follow the self-serve instructions posted at the park office.
For reservations, cancellations or changes, please call 1-888-ONT-PARK or visit our website at www.OntarioParks.com.
Campfires & Firewood
Every campsite has a firepit and wood can be purchased at the park office. Please do not cut trees or use dead limbs – they provide habitat for wildlife. Hours of opening and costs are posted at the office.
Taps for drinking water are located throughout the campgrounds. You’ll find one within easy walking distance of your campsite.
Washrooms, Showers and Laundry
In addition to vault toilets, there is one comfort station located in each park. The comfort station has hot water, showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets. Washers and dryers are located next to each comfort station, and are operated at a reasonable fee.
Reporting a problem
As a park visitor, you can help us make your stay more enjoyable by advising the staff about such things as: • Pets not on a leash • Vandalism • Facilities that need servicing • A messy washroom • Excessive noise When reporting a problem, try to provide as many details as you can. The more information our wardens receive, the easier and faster the matter can be given attention. Please let us know right away about your concerns. Let’s work together to make your stay a memorable one!
At the Beach
Parents! Children are your responsibility in a Provincial Park. Our parks do not have lifeguards. Use the buddy system and never swim alone. Please note that dogs and pets are not allowed on the beaches.
Garbage Disposal and Trailer Waste
Garbage must be in clear bags only. Please deposit your garbage in the bins located throughout the park. Garbage bags are available at the park office. Trailer sewage may be dumped at the sanitation station located between the comfort station and the park office. 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 or at the trailer sanitation station. We are required by our local township to use clear plastic garbage bags. Please help us by using only clear bags for your garbage. If you don’t have a clear bag then our park staff can provide you with a free one at the park office. Please help us reduce the amount of garbage by sorting it and also by following the recycling guidelines. Thank you for your support.
PARK INFORMATION Park Office...613-335-2814 (Sharbot Lake) / 613-268-2000 (Silver Lake) Sharbot Lake: 25467 Highway #7, RR #2 Sharbot Lake, ON K0H 2P0 Silver Lake: 22726 Highway #7, RR #2, Maberly, ON K0H 2B0 Reservations........................................... ontarioparks.com/reservations ........................................................1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275) @SharbotLakePP
Groceries and Supplies
Firewood, ice, Ontario Park Merchandise, Camper supplies, Worms, Coffee, Snacks and Ice Cream are all available at the Park Office/Store.
We recycle plastic, glass and metal beverage containers, as well as cardboard. You can deposit these materials in the blue bins located beside the garbage bins, or in the wire mesh cages by the beaches. We are working closely with our townships to ensure we all do our part with recycling waste products. Upon sorting your garbage please take your recyclables to the blue bins located right next to the refuse/garbage containers. Please see below for the list of categories and examples. Please ensure your recycling material is clean. Categories
The following plastic containers (clear & coloured) are accepted: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
Pop bottles, yogurt containers, cookie trays, etc.
Sharbot Lake only: Clean Styrofoam
Cups, meat trays, food containers.
Metal cans, both Pop cans, vegetable, aluminum and steel, fruit cans. should be flattened. Clear and coloured Clear and coloured Glass glass bottles and glass bottles and jars. jars. Milk & juice containThe following ers, cereal boxes, should be sorted frozen juice containwith cardboard: ers with metal lids Boxboard & removed, toilet / Cardboard/fine corrugated cardpaper towel rolls, paper board (coated and manila and window non-coated) clean, envelopes, books with collapsed and bunhardcover removed, dled. phone books. Dry cell – e.g. .AA, Batteries Batteries AAA, C, 9 volt. Metal Cans
Not Accepted Grocery bags, food wrap, clear plastic, no partially filled containers e.g. ketchup, mustard, containers. Silver Lake only: Styrofoam cups, meat trays or food containers. Ensure cans are clean and not partially full. Mirrors, dishware, light bulbs.
Soiled paper or tissue Please rinse out containers prior to recycling.
We all can contribute by ensuring we follow the above guidelines and take the extra effort to ensure the recycling is deposited in the correct bin and is relatively clean. We thank you for your continued co-operation with our recycling efforts.
The village of Sharbot Lake is located 7 km east of the park on Highway 38. There you will find grocery, hardware, gift and souvenir stores, bank, post office, live bait, accommodations and marina. A variety of services, including gas, convenience store and restaurant are located on Highway 7, just 5 km east of the park.
A variety of services, including gas, convenience store and restaurants are located just 9 km west of the park on Highway 7 at the village of Sharbot Lake. The town of Perth is located 26 km east. There you will find grocery, hardware, gift and souvenir stores, banks, post office, drugstore, gas and accommodations.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION Fire, Police and Ambulance............................................................... 911 Poison Control................................................................1-800-268-9017 Perth Hospital.................................................................1-613-267-1500 Kingston General Hospital..............................................1-613-548-3232
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History Lives Here Ontario’s first modern treaty is being negotiated right here
DO NOT LITTER! Campers and day-visitors! Please help us keep parks clean and dispose of all garbage correctly.
Algonquins of Ontario Settlement Area Boundary
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.
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Garbage can result in human-wildlife conflict and become a hazard to park visitors.
We appreciate and encourage park-lovers who are committed to protecting our environment for the future.
Sharbot Lake and Silver Lake Provincial Parks
are two 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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SHARBOT LAKE AND SILVER LAKE PROVINCIAL PARKS 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 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. 1. When you are out in tick habitat you can better protect yourself by taking a few precautions: 2. Wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into your socks. 3. Wear light coloured clothing so you can detect ticks before they attach. 4. Use insect repellent containing “Deet” (please follow manufacturer’s directions). Apply it to your skin and outer clothing. 5. 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.
Found a Tick?
4 Use fine point tweezers 4 Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible 4 Gently pull the tick straight out 4 Disinfect the bite area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water 4 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. 4 Watch for symptoms and seek medical attention if you feel unwell or if you cannot safely remove the tick.
5 Grasp around bloated belly and squeeze the tick 5 Use a match, heat or chemicals to try and remove it 5 Twist the tick when pulling it out
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.
By following these simple suggestions, you can have a safe and enjoyable time exploring Sharbot Lake and Silver Lake Provincial Parks. Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes For more information please consult the Ontario of Health and scapularis)Ministry on a blade of grass Long Term Care’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/lyme-disease
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These Blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis) are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles. 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. Photo by: Jim Gathany, CDC 4
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SHARBOT LAKE AND SILVER LAKE PROVINCIAL PARKS Summary of Provincial Park Offences When visiting Ontario Parks, you must show respect and consideration for your fellow visitors and the park environment. The following table lists some of the common laws enforced in provincial parks. The Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 and other legislation governing behaviour in provincial parks can be reviewed at provincial park offices and at: www.ontario.ca/laws. These laws are enforced by provincial park wardens who have all the power and authority of a member of the Ontario Provincial Police within a provincial park. Many of the listed offences could result in eviction from a provincial park. If evicted, you are prohibited from re-entering any provincial park for a period of 72 hours. Minimum fines listed below do not include court costs or victim fine surcharge. Offence Alcoholic Beverages • Having liquor in open container in other than residence (campsite) • Consuming liquor in other than residence • Driving or having care or control of a motor vehicle with open or unsealed container of liquor • Person under 19 years having liquor • Being intoxicated in a public place • Unlawfully have liquor in listed park (during liquor ban)
Rowdyism / Noise • Use discriminatory, harassing, abusive or insulting language or gestures • Make excessive noise • Disturb other persons
Refuse • Litter or cause litter • Fail to keep facility clean • Fail to restore facility to original condition
Vehicles • Unlawfully take motor vehicle into park or possess or operate it • Speeding – more than 20 km/h • Operate vehicle off roadway • Disobey stop sign
Parking • Park vehicle in area not designated • Park vehicle in prohibited area • 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
$ 100.00 $ 100.00 $ 175.00 $ 100.00 $ 50.00 $ 100.00
Drivers are responsible for ensuring that liquor is properly stored while in a vehicle. Liquor must be in a container that is unopened and the seal unbroken or is packed away and not accessible to any person in the vehicle. Many parks enforce a complete liquor ban on Victoria Day and for the preceding ten days. A liquor ban is also in effect at Sibbald Point Provincial Park on Labour Day and for the preceding four days. If you are visiting a provincial park with a liquor ban, you are prohibited from possessing liquor anywhere within the park. Provincial parks are established to provide a setting for peaceful and natural experiences. Rowdy behaviour, which includes excessive noise, or obscene language or gestures, is not permitted. You cannot disturb any other person or interfere with their enjoyment of the park at any time.
Deposit your garbage and litter in the containers provided to discourage wildlife from becoming pests. Facilities must be kept clean at all times to eliminate potential hazards to parks visitors and minimize human-wildlife conflict.
$ 125.00 $ 100.00 $ 125.00 $ 85.00 (plus 3 demerit points)
$ 125.00 $ 125.00 $ 125.00 $ 150.00 $ 150.00
Campfires • Start or tend fire other than in fireplace or designated place
$ 100.00 $ 150.00
Hours of Closing • Enter park after closing • Remain in park after closing
If you are 19 years of age or older, you are permitted to possess or consume liquor (beer, wine, spirits) only on a registered campsite.
Environmental Protection • Damage / deface / remove Crown property • Disturb / harm / remove natural object • Disturb / cut / remove / harm plant or tree • Kill plant or tree • Disturb / kill / remove / harm / harass animal
Fireworks • Possess fireworks • Ignite fireworks
Off-road vehicles are not permitted in provincial parks because of the environmental damage they may cause. Licenced motor vehicles may be operated on roads only. You must follow the rules of the road and remember that the Highway Traffic Act applies on all park roads. Each vehicle in the park must have a valid provincial park permit. Bicycles are only allowed on park roads and on designated bike trails.
Your vehicle must be parked in a designated area with a valid park permit prominently displayed on your dashboard.
For the protection of wildlife and other park visitors, 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 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.
All vegetation, wildlife and natural features are protected in provincial parks. To maintain the park as a natural setting, the removal of natural objects is prohibited. Cutting any live growth or damaging any natural or other object is prohibited. You may not take any fallen or dead wood from a provincial park for the purpose of a campfire or other such intent.
Fireplaces are designated by park staff for safety reasons. Restricting fires to these locations greatly reduces the risk of forest fires.
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.
Fines are subject to change. This is not a complete listing of offences; please refer to the specific legislation. 6
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Regular Campsite Electrical Campsite
Silver Lake Creek
Picnic Shelter Picnic Area
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Change Room 108
Barrier Free Facility
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Pets in Our Park
Pets are welcome in our parks, provided they are on a leash and under the care and control of their owners at all times. They are not allowed in beach areas. Owners will be fined if their pets are found in beach areas, which include grassy areas adjacent to the sand beach, or if their pets are found off the leash anywhere in the park. Numerous signs are posted indicating these pet-free areas. For those who would like to take their pet swimming, they can do so at Sharbot Lake Park near the rear of the Sharbot Lake boat launch parking area; and at Silver Lake Park off the point area near day use. However, the pet must not interfere with anyone who is using this area and the owner must have control over the animal. These designated areas are not suitable for people to swim. The pet must be on a leash when out of the water. Further information or clarification is available upon request from staff.
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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
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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