Things To Do

While the fishing is great at Pakwash, you may decide to take advantage of some of the other recreational opportunities the area has to offer.

There is a beach at camp and there are several other beaches located within short boating or walking distance from camp. Relax on the beach, or go for a swim in the warm shallow waters of Pakwash Lake.

For those who wish to see nature close-up, take a stroll along one of the areas wilderness trails. Be sure to bring your camera along just in case. The area is home to abundant wildlife including moose, bear, fox, wolves, lynx, beaver and is a major nesting area for the majestic bald eagle.

For those interested in the areas rich history, there are several sites of interest within the area. To the north of Pakwash lake on Hwy 105 is the Griffith Mine Interpretive Trails. This former open pit iron ore mine is now open to the public. The site contains several nature trails with interpretive information panels. You can also see the massive open pits from which iron ore was extracted in years gone by. Pakwash Lake Camp itself is a historic site. During the Red Lake Gold Rush of the early 1900s the Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post on Pakwash Lake at the point beside our camp. The post was called “Through the Willows” and served as a way-station when the waterways were the main routes of travel.

The meeting of the English and Chukuni Rivers south of Pakwash was called “the mattawa” or “meeting place” and was one of the first Hudson’s Bay Company Posts in the area. Before that time the hill above the confluence of these two great rivers was a meeting place for native peoples of the area.

If golfing is your passion you can take to the links at the Ear Falls Golf and Country Club in nearby Ear Falls. This challenging 9-hole course boasts a clubhouse with licensed dining, cart and club rentals, a roving “bar cart” and a pro shop. A 18-hole golf course is also located north of the camp at Red Lake. Also in Red Lake is the Red Lake District Heritage Centre, a regional museum with interesting exhibits highlighting the area’s rich First Nation, Mining and Fur Trade history.

THINGS TO SEE........................

Griffith Mine Interpretive Site Nature tails and interpretive signs at former open pit iron ore mine. (Located just north of Pakwash Lake)

Red Lake Heritage Centre - Red Lake Regional museum featuring mining, First Nation and fur trade era displays - website

Crull Rock and Mineral Display - Balmertown town office Display of rocks and minerals from local gold mines and around the world

Norseman Heritage Park - Red Lake Waterfront Park featuring restored Norseman floatplane

THINGS TO DO........................

Ear Falls Municipal Golf Course - Ear Falls 9 hole golf course set along the English River in Ear Falls with restaurant - website

Red Lake Area Golf and Country Club - Balmertown 18 hole golf course on the shore of Red Lake - club house with restaurant - website

Norseman Floatplane Festival - Red Lake Aviation and Community Festival featuring aircraft and entertainment - website

Canada Day Celebrations - Ear Falls Beach / Cochenour at Rahill Beach Family entertainment and food on July 1st

Trout Forest Music Festival - Ear Falls Beach Annual music festival held each August in Ear Falls - website

OTHER USEFUL LINKS........................

MNR Fishing Regulations

Canada Customs

Local News

Canadian News

A boat in a beautiful sunset on the lake.

Various boats at the dock.

Bear hunting is one of the things you can do at Pakwash Lake Camp.

Enjoy Fishing and Hunting at Pakwash Lake Camp