Otter Lake Trail
|Location||Otter Lake (south access at Widdifield Station Rd; north access at McGruther’s Rd), North Bay|
|Trailhead UTM||630196 mE x 5139951 mN|
|Ownership||Small portion on Crown Land; rest is City of North Bay|
|Management||City of North Bay; The Otter Lake Friends act as volunteers|
|Length||4.1 km / 2.5 mile loop|
|Difficulty||easy to moderate|
|Activities||hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing|
|Amenities||roadside parking, public beach, picnic area|
|Surface||hilly, mostly dry upland with lake views on top of mature maple forest|
Rules for Use
- respect and love the land
- keep it clean – pack out your garbage and pick up any garbage that you see
- consider these trails as remote due to wilderness settings even though they are within City limits
- checked for windfall after wind storms, patrolled otherwise at a minimum of once a month
After Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, Otter Lake is the largest lake in the municipality of North Bay. The Otter Lake area is a pristine, undeveloped, very large natural area with extremely exciting geographical and natural history. It is also just 15 minutes from downtown North Bay. This are is possibly the best kept secret of the municipality. It is an excellent area in which to hike, canoe, camp, orienteer, and snowshoe. No buildings exist on the entire perimeter. There are two access roads to Otter Lake Recreational Lands – the South Access Road (Widdifield Station Road) and the North Access Road (McGruther’s Road).
South Access Road – From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 11/17. Turn right onto Trout Lake Road and travel for about 15 km (9.3 mi). Turn left at Widdifield Station Road, and about 4 km (2.5 mi) later you will see a sign posted on a tree at the Southern Access entrance.
North Access Road – From the HWY 11/17 junction near Seymour Street, head northwest on HWY 11/17. Turn right onto Trout Lake Road for about 12 km (7.5 mi). Turn left at Four Mile Lake Road, and after 8 km (5 mi), right on Chadbourne Drive. Mcgruthers Road will appear on the right after 3 km (1.9 mi).