How to get to Murtle lake
Murtle Lake is accessed by travelling Highway 5 to Blue River and then following a twisting, rough gravel road 27 km to the portage parking lot. This is where you leave your vehicle.
Transfer your gear down a 2.5 km trail to the lagoon launch, WHERE YOU PAY YOUR CAMPING FEES in the vault at the self registration station
The lake is still a further 1.5 km away, and you will paddle through the lagoon to it. If you are without a canoe you can hike the 1.5 km to Site 1 for an overnight stay or just a look at part of the lake.
Absolutely no dogs or other pets at Murtle Lake, or on any trails to the lake.
No glass containers.
No commercial guided groups – if in doubt of your status contact us.
No chainsaws, no firearms.
No cutting of standing or live trees. We supply limited firewood for you for free.
Please do not overload the gearcart that is provided for you. They are well constructed but overloading can cause a wheel failure. If you do have a wheel fail on your cart walk out and get another cart and leave the broken one where it is. If you are on your way in to the lake please let the park staff know that you have left a cart on the trail.
June, July and September are the quiet months. August is the busiest month by far, because the weather is traditionally better. If the forecast is good, come in June or September to avoid the bugs and people.
How to flag down the PFO Boat Patrol. Put your paddle straight up in the air, then move it quickly left to right. That usually gets our attention. Waving a life jacket from shore works well too.
Use the Park Patrol to your advantage. The PFO staff are on the lake every day in the only powerboat you will encounter on Murtle Lake. They can travel much faster than you, and have current knowledge of which campsites are busy and which ones are free. They also usually know the weather forecast, fishing conditions, about firewood, where that big group of kids is camped and other info that may affect your plans (not to mention the fact they’re very friendly).
Bring an axe. Hatchets are a waste of time. Any cut firewood you may come across will require at least an axe to split. And be careful, medical attention could be DAYS away!
In Case of Emergency
Get in touch with the PFO Staff, either on the lake or at their cabin near site 4. The PFO staff have radio communication with emergency services, and have a detailed plan for dealing with Medivacs, forest fires, and other problems.