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Rushing River Provincial Park

The waterfalls at Rushing River Provincial Park • Credit: Erin Rody
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Rushing River Provincial Park

A Great Family Destination

Located just SE of Kenora, Rushing River is a popular stopping point. See the whitewater plummet over the rocks. Lots of family and children-oriented activities including a beach, trails, playground, and an interpretive centre.

There's so much to do on the shores of Dogtooth Lake



Located less than 30 minutes south-east of Kenora off Highway 71, Rushing River Provincial Park is one of Sunset Country's most popular destinations. The waterfalls where the waters of Dogtooth Lake cascade downward into Blindfold Lake makes for a picturesque sight. Most of the time, you can safely splash in the water flowing down the falls. There are also several great beaches within the park where children and adults alike can enjoy a dip in the clear waters. Rushing River Park is definitely a great place to bring the family. The four sandy beaches all have a gentle slope into the water and a roped off area making them suitable for children.


Rushing River Park sand beachHave fun at one of the 4 sand beaches at Rushing River Park


The park is loaded with outdoorsy things to do. A system of three nature trails provides excellent hiking and you can see wildlife alongside the trails. Make sure you have your camera for that image of a deer, fox or bald eagle. Rushing River Park also has an Interpretive Centre where you and your kids can learn about wildlife living in the boreal forest that surrounds you. There are two boat launches in the park, and there is a boat rental shop at the park, for you and your family to enjoy the water and soak up the sun. There is a store located at the park called the Loons Nest that can satisfy all your needs. Rushing River General Store with a mini-putt and ice cream stand is located just down the road from the park entrance on Hwy 71. 


Wilderness canoeists rejoice as there are six separate canoe routes which you can access from the park. These range from around 30 kilometers to over 100 kilometers in length. The fishing along the way would be excellent with walleye, bass, and northern pike abundant in the many freshwater lakes you'll paddle across.


Rushing River WaterfallsLooking up from the Rushing River Waterfalls


For the camper, Rushing River has 217 campsites 75 of which have electrical service. There are modern, well maintained, barrier-free shower and washroom facilities located right on site. This is the ideal family camping destination with its picnic areas, play area, boat launch, and equipment rental service. Rent a paddle boat or a canoe and enjoy the beauty of the lake and the Canadian wilderness.


Rushing River Park PlaygroundThe children will love the Rushing River Park Playground


You may even want to consider taking a  short drive into Kenora where you will find fantastic shopping, eating, and recreational services. Go on the MS Kenora Cruise Ship on Lake of the Woods or go see Husky the Musky in McLeod Park. Contact Tourism Kenora for more information on all the things to see and do in the city.


For more information on Rushing River, visit the Ontario Parks website. You can also make reservations online for Rushing River Park.

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