Rushing River cascades over rock gouged by glaciers in a series of rapids but elsewhere is passable by canoe. A forest fire in 1910 cracked open pine cones and scattered heat-resistant seeds, resulting in trees all the same height around Dogtooth Lake. Canoe routes are easily accessible from the park.
Beaver Pond Trail 1.5 km loop (45 minutes) easy
Follow this trail to a quiet beaver pond full of fragrant water lilies. Listen for songbirds in the forest and watch for mallard ducks. If you look carefully, you might see orchids or other unusual plants.
Granite Knoll Trail 5 km (1.5 hours) moderate
This trail meanders along the shoreline of Dogtooth Lake and then swings back through open jack pine forest and over gnarly granite hummocks.
Lower Rapids Trail 2 km (1 hour) easy
This trail follows what may be a native portage around the rapids and waterfalls on Rushing River.
Park Activites & Things To Do
Park staff offer guided walks on park trails, outdoor amphitheatre programs, special activities and events about Rushing River's natural heritage. Check the weekly program schedules posted around the park.
Fishing - Walleye, pike, smallmouth bass and lake trout.
More information on fishing.
From this park, you can access to six canoe routes ranging in length from 32 to 103 km.
Early spring and late fall are the seasons when you will most likely see black bears, moose and deer and the smaller red foxes, weasels, mink and otters. Sixty species of birds also live here, including great blue herons, loons, night hawks, belted kingfishers, Canada jays and various waterfowl.
Cruise the waters in your own boat or rent one from facilities nearby. You can launch your boat from two ramps located in the park.
Four sandy beaches provide excellent swimming areas, all of which have a shallow roped-off section, ideal for children.
Sixteen kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails range in difficulty from easy to challenging.
Facilities & Services
Rushing River has 217 campsites, 75 of which have electrical service. Washroom and shower facilities are conveniently located in the campgrounds.
Picnics and Day Use - Yes
Electric Sites - 75
Group Camping - One group campsite is located very close to Dogtooth Lake and can accommodate up to 20 people. The site is close to both water taps and vault privies. The comfort station is some distance away. The site can be reserved by contacting the park directly at (807) 548-4351.
Visitor Centre - Yes
Barrier Free Access - Flush toilets, showers
Friends of Rushing River sell park souvenirs and firewood at the Loon's Nest Store.
Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Play Area - Yes
Boat Launch - Yes
Rentals - Canoes, waterbikes and kayaks for 3 days or more (short-term canoe rental available at the store outside the park)