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Atakas Trail

Hiking Trail Snowshoeing Trail

Location Mashkinonje Provincial Park, 342 Musky Island Road, south of Lavigne
Trailhead UTM 552978 mE x 5121525 mN
Ownership Ministry of Natural Resources – Ontario Parks
Management Friends of Mashkinonje and Municipality of French River
Length 5.4 km / 3.4 mi
Difficulty moderate
Activities hiking, snowshoeing
Amenities parking, lookout, historic cabin, old lumber camp
Surface moderate, rolling

Rules for Use

  • no bicycle or motorized use of trails
  • pets must be kept on a leash
  • removal of natural or historic objects; damage or defacing of property; and litter prohibited under Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act

Safety Considerations

  • the official park status is non-operating and the park is not staffed by Ontario Parks, but it is maintained in partnership with community volunteers
  • in the winter time, access roads may not be ploughed
  • become familiar with backcountry travel and techniques, safety practices, and ethics
  • take appropriate clothing, food, water, navigational aids, and a first aid kit when hiking or paddling
  • protection from biting insects is recommended during spring and summer
  • the park is the natural habitat for moose, bears, wolves, and bobcats, to name a few, so when hiking, pay attention and watch for wildlife

Maintenance

  • twice a year

Description

The Atakas Trail transects the rock ridges and valley wetlands. This provides the opportunity to view various forest communities and wetlands. The trail passes meadows (dry pond beds), historic logging operations, a draft-dodger cabin and a wetland, rich with cranberries. Links to 27.7 km (17.2 mi) of trails networks.

Directions

From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, take HWY 17 northwest for 44 km (27.3 mi). Turn left at Lavac Road, left again at Beaudry Road, and right at LeClair Road for 6 km (3.7 mi). Turn left onto HWY 64, and travel for 25 km (15.5 mi) until Mashkinonje Provincial Park appears on your right.

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