Obatanga is a charming medium-sized park straddling the Trans-Canada Hwy 17 north of Wawa. Still relatively unknown, and therefore quieter than other Parks, it has a great lakeside campground in a red pine forest, plus an extensive wilderness area of superb paddling and hiking terrain. Experienced paddlers can take off into the extensive backcountry which includes the headwaters of the semi-famous Dog River. Novice or family paddlers can try out campsites on small quiet lakes a short paddle from the campground. If hiking is your game then try the 2.4km loop Forest Fire Trail adjacent to the campground. For a longer jaunt consider the more rugged Knife Lake Trail across the highway, that thrusts into the heart of Obatanga’s backcountry.
Campground campers have plenty to occupy them too including a centrally-located comfort station, playground, picnic area, boat launch and 1,000 metre-long natural sand beach. Pretty darned nice, we say.
Whether you’re heading west and need a place to spend the night, or looking for a less busy wilderness destination to spend a week or two, Obatanga is the place.
Lakeside family campground, family canoeing campsites, wilderness paddling, abundant wildlife, easy access, good fishing.
Wawa – 55km to south
Sault Ste. Marie – 225km to south.
Real easy! The Trans-Canada Highway #17 goes through the middle of the park (but neither the campground nor the wild western side of the Park is affacted by it.
About This Map:
Area: Covers entire park plus an equal area outside it (about 310 km2 in total) including the top end of the semi-famous Dog River. Major lakes include University, Hammer, Obatanga, Burnfield, Knife, Heart, Crayfish, West Kabenung lakes plus Knife and Dog Rivers.
Scale: 1:50,000. 15m contours
Includes: our detailed topographic map shows campground details, backcountry campsites, portages, hiking trails, points of interest, fish species by lake, and extraordinary vegetation and landscape detail, PLUS text and photos about the area including canoe routes, hiking trails, park facilities, wildlife, safety info, contact info, and more. And it’s waterproof like all our Adventure Maps®!
Obatanga Provincial Park & Area – Item #AM0753 – $9.95
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