Some may think a day of fishing is the only reason to visit a boat launch in Northeastern Ontario, but in many cases its a sense of exploration or love of food (yes, food) that draws people to these lakeside 'hubs'.
We asked Facebook fans and discussion board members their picks for the best boat launches in Northeastern Ontario. Here's a list of fan favourites that will surely float your boat:
Commissioner St & 9 Ave
Larder Lake, ON
The marina is located on the shores of the Northeastern Ontario community, Larder Lake. It has to be the fish in the lake, and the friendly people in town that keep visitors coming back to park their boat year after year. Fans recommend a visit to Larder Sports and Marine for gas, live bait, fishing/camping supplies, and even a low-down on fishing hot-spots.
Gogama, ON P0M 1W0
Another warf that's located in a small Northeastern Ontario town; Gogama Municipal Boat Launch is close to amenities, and has easy access to Minisnakwa Lake. The Ojibway meaning of Gogama is 'Jumping Fish'. The name was no doubt inspired by the nearby waters of Minisnakwa Lake, which is plentiful in pike and pickerel.
It's easy to see why New Liskeard's Municipal Marina made the it list. It's a large full service marina located on Wabi Bay of Lake Temiskaming, which is a launch point for amazing scenes like Devils Rock (pictured below). It's also a part of the Ottawa River Tour, making a voyage from Petawawa to New Liskeard possible since 1611 (Thank you, Samuel de Champlain).
Lake Nipissing West Arm - Sucker Creek Boat Launch
Sucker Creek Rd,
French River, ON
This was the preferred boat launch on Lake Nipissing West Arm among fishermen. It's located in a sheltered area of the bay, and has a raised pier with a ramp as well as wooden walls to tie off on. Fans also pointed out that there was plenty of parking. The lake is known for pike, musky and pickerel. Put simply, it's a beauty to explore.
23 Channel St
Even if you're a captain without a vessel, Killarney's Channel Marina has a way of making you feel as if you're one of the seafaring few. If you're not jetting off to explore Georgian Bay, stay for the turquoise waters and iconic pines, or the relaxed board walk along the shore. One things for certain, a stop in Killarney is not complete without trying Herberts fish & chips.
Check out more recommended marinas and boat launches in Northeastern Ontario. Your favourite didn't make the list? Leave us a comment!
- North Channel - Spanish Municipal Marina - 40 Garnier Rd., Spanish, ON
- North Channel - Northern Marina - 188 Main St., Kagawong, ON
- North Channel - Meldrum Bay Campground, Marina & Launch - McDonald Ave., Meldrum Bay, ON
- Mattagami River - Timmins Municipal Boat Launch - 3 Mattagami Blvd., Timmins, ON
- Ottawa River - Haileybury Marina - Farr Dr., Haileybury, ON
- Ottawa River - Mattawa Municipal Boat Launch - Main St., Mattawa, ON
- Lake Huron - Little Harbour Marina - Water St., South Baymouth, ON
- Moose River - Kapuskasing Municipal Boat Launch - Bonnieview Rd., Kapuskasing, ON
- Abitibi River - Matheson Municipal Boat Launch - Corner of 4th Ave. and 2nd St., Matheson, ON
- Lake Nipissing - Waterfront Marina - Memorial Dr., North Bay, ON
- Ramsey Lake - Sudbury Municipal Boat Launch - Ramsey Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON (just past Science North, on the left)
- French River - Hartley Bay Marina - 2870B Hartley Bay Rd., Alban, ON
- Lake Ivanhoe - Provincial Park Boat Launch - Ivanhoe Prov. Park, Foleyet, ON
- Gowganda Lake - Municipal Boat Launch - Third St., Gowganda, ON
- Lake Mindemoya - Municipal Boat Launch - Ketchankookem Trail, Mindemoya, ON
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