Pigeon River Provincial Park
Pigeon River Provincial Park is a day use park located on Lake Superior and the mouth of the Pigeon River at the Canada United States Border.
A network of walking and hiking trails begin at the Ontario Travel Centre located by the Canada Customs Border Station. A short accessible boardwalk brings you to the shore of Lake Superior and views of Finger Point and the lands of the Grand Portage Band. The nearby beach is covered in bark chips and logs remnants of the logging era when Pigeon Bay was used to boom logs before being shipped to nearby mills.
A 2 kilometre hiking trail either through the forest or along the beach brings you to the Finger Point Lookout, on a clear day the shores of Lake Superior in Ontario and Minnesota as well as Isle Royale in Michigan and if the conditions are just right the outline of the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin are all visible from this lookout.
Heading back towards the Ontario Travel Centre the most popular trail is the High Falls Trail with views of High Falls shared with Grand Portage State Park located across the river. Feel the mist while enjoying the view of this 30 metre waterfall as it drops into a narrow gorge on its way to Lake Superior. A new trail now connects the High Falls trail to Middle Falls, located 5 kilometres upriver this 6 metre waterfall is just as spectacular. It can also be viewed from Highway 593 for those unable to hike the trails.
Pigeon River Provincial Park lies within the Boreal Forest but has influences of the Great Lakes St Lawrence Forest. Typical forest inhabitants include the White Tailed Deer, Black Bear, Moose, Red Fox and Snowshoe Hare. The forest type is White and Black Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Birch and trembling Aspen. Some large Eastern White Cedar and White and Red Pine are seen from the hiking trails.
Pigeon River Provincial Park is part of the Boundary Waters - Voyageur Waterway a Canadian Heritage River designation celebrating the cultural, natural and recreational values of the waterway from Lake Superior through the Quetico area.
Pigeon River Provincial Park is a day use only park that provides many opportunities for hiking from a chance to stretch your legs on the 450 metre accessible boardwalk to the longer 2 kilometre trails to Finger Point Lookout or High Falls.
A full day is needed if you plan to do all the trails but they can be broken out into half day or even 1 hour segments. Sculptured benches and railings located at the end of the Boardwalk, High Falls and the Finger Point Lookout interpret the logging, voyageur and shipwreck history of the park and area. All the trails begin at the Ontario Travel Centre.
There is some fishing on the Pigeon River, potential catches include Pickeral, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass or Rainbow Trout.
The 450 metre boardwalk to Lake Superior is an accessible trail.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times.
Pigeon River Provincial Park is open year round for day use hiking and picnics. Each season makes the same views entirely different from the yellows of the fall colours to the ice covered falls in the winter. Winter trail use will require breaking your own trail on snow shoes.
Washroom facilities are available at the Ontario Travel Centre from mid May to mid October.
Visit the Ontario Parks website for up to date fee schedule. www.ontarioparks.com