Noganosh Lake Provincial Park is a waterway provincial park with approximately 30.4 square kilometers. It is located near Highway 522 about 3.5h north of Toronto. It consists of multiple lakes such as Noganosh Lake, Smoky Lake, Mud Lake and stretches as far as John Lake. The park is non operative so there is no registration required. There are several camp sites all over the park that are not maintained. Fishing in the park is for small- and largemouth bass as well as Northern Pike. There are motel rooms available just a few kilometers up Pickerel River at Tornado’s Resorts. This is the perfect place to start or finish your Noganosh adventure. There are also some supplies and canoe rentals available there. The campsites at the start of lake Noganosh fill up fast on the weekends. There are more sites if you paddle onto the most south end of the park but these sites are not easily noticeable from the canoe. If you plan to go, you might want to consider buying Kevin Callan’s A Paddler’s Guide to Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario. The book has a good map of the park that will come in handy while planning your trip.
Ess Narrow Landing is a popular access point to start your trip, and is very convenient too. You can drive your car up to the water, unload and load the boat and gear and then park the car in a lot a few meters away. Follow Hwy 69 and turn East onto Hwy 522. Drive 27 km and then turn North. A little sign “Ess Narrow Landing” will mark the way. Drive a little ways until you see the landing on your left. The parking lot is just up a hill and on the left as well.
“A place where you can go somewhere different every time you visit. Lots of Canoe or kayak routes, fantastic fishing, an abundance of wildlife to keep your camera busy. Lots of water for swimming, cliff jumping or just spend the day at camp relaxing. This unmaintained park is well hidden from the busy life at home”
– Jason D
Pictures by Jason D