Tourism Information

Far from an ordinary vacation getaway, this is the place where you get away from it all. Come and relax in the Northern wilderness of Pickle Lake, Ontario’s Last Frontier !

 Why not drive to the end of the road and see what’s there!

Pickle Lake is the last stop off Highway 599. We might be far away from almost everywhere, but it’s worth the trip! From fishing and hunting to sight-seeing and local festivals, Pickle Lake has plenty to offer. A Pickle Lake vacation is truly a ‘getaway’ from it all. We invite you to come and visit our beautiful and abundant wilderness and spend your days fishing, hunting and soaking in the tranquility of Northern Ontario.


Municipal Campgrounds

To date the Township has been successful in operating the following two campsites:

Kapkichi and Badesdawa Lake (Mud Lake). 

All these sites are primitive and offer outdoor lavatory, and most sites have an upgraded boat launch.   Our campgrounds have a steady stream of new and returning guests who have come for many years. Camping Permits can be purchased at  the Township Office of Pickle Lake.

Camping fees as per By-Law 2018-06 Schedule “A” Administration/Business Fees:

Residents – $5.00/person/day+HST
NON-Residents – $8.00/per person/day+HST
Children under twelve (12) – FREE

Residents – $150.00/Season+HST
NON-Residents – $250.00/Season+HST

$15.00/per vehicle/day+HST 


Menako Lake

Mawley Lake

and  Pipestone River

Camping Permits for these sites can be purchased online at by creating/logging into a ONe-key account. Permits can also be purchased at ServiceOntario Monday-Friday in Thunder Bay, Dryden, Sioux Lookout and Ignace.

The Municipal Office in Pickle Lake is also able to issue the permits EFFECTIVE JULY 22, 2019! We are so excited to provide this service! Crown Land Camping mermits are $9.35 + HST+ $10.57/person per day.

We issue permits Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm

Distances to Lakes

All of these lakes are accessible by road. While the blacktop ends at the Town of Pickle Lake, there is a good gravel road servicing the area.

Badesdawa (Mud) Lake – 41 kilometres (25 miles) north of Pickle Lake. This lake has many good spots for fishing as well as access to an extensive river system. Township camping permit required to stay here.

Farmer Lake – 197 kilometres (135 miles) north of Pickle Lake.This lake is a rather small lake, but a very good hunting area.

Lysander Lake – 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Pickle Lake and has a small campsite. The boat launch is only appropriate for small boats, but the fishing is good.

Mawley Lake – 165 kilometres (110 miles) north of Pickle Lake. This is a smaller lake but is also a popular place to camp. Township camping permit required to stay here.

Menako Lake – 105 kilometres (64 miles) north of Pickle Lake. This is a lovely series of shallow lakes with a number of nice beaches, as well as an excellent river system. Township camping permit required to stay here.

Otoskowin River – 48 kilometres (30 miles). north of Pickle Lake with a small campsite. This is an excellent river with fast-moving water for canoe fishing with access to Badesdawa (Mud) Lake.

Pipestone River Landing – 147 kilometres (89 miles) north of Pickle Lake. This campsite is quite rugged but there are certainly many fishing and hunting spots as well as opportunities for navigating through the many rapids you will encounter on this river system. Township camping permit required to stay on the mainland side, Crown camping permit for any of the islands

Stirland Lake – 182 kilometres (120 miles) north of Pickle Lake. This small lake connects to the Pipestone River system.

Please click the links below for more information about the numerous Fly-in Fishing and Hunting Outposts located around Pickle Lake.

Fly-in Outposts 

Other Accommodations


Fishing / Hunting Licenses

A fishing or hunting license is required anywhere in Ontario with the exception of Indian Status, please make sure you have your Outdoors Card / Fishing License before going out hunting or fishing. You can obtain an Outdoors card or Fishing license online at the Ministry of Natural Resources website.


The Township of Pickle Lake offers a variety of souvenirs for sale at the Township Office located at 2 Anne Street, right in the heart of Pickle Lake!

Some of our souvenirs include:

Township of Pickle Lake Logo T-Shirts – $15.00
Township of Pickle Lake Logo Fleece Sweater – $35.00
Pickle Lake/Pickrel Crow Historic Photo set – $35.00/set

Check out our new Blackfly Festival merchandise, available year-round at the Township Office of Pickle Lake!

Hoodies $40.00
T-Shirts $15.00
Prices listed are tax included. Vintage Blackfly T-Shirts also available for $10.00/ea.
Many of our local businesses also sell some unique and creative souvenirs that will leave you with lasting memories of your trip to Ontario’s Last Frontier!


Maps of the area around Pickle Lake are now available for sale at K&K Tackle, located in Central Patricia.
For information on highway construction, visit the MTO website for the Northwestern Region:

                               Pickle Lake’s distance from:

Atikokan – 500km
Dryden – 352km
Ignace – 291km
Kenora – 480km
Marchinton Road – 156km
Sioux Lookout – 258km
Thunder Bay – 540km
Vermilion Bay – 392km
Savant Lake – 167km
Red Lake – 574km
Winnipeg – 750km

For inquiries:
The Township Office of Pickle Lake
2 Anne Street, South/P.O. Box 340
Pickle Lake, ON P0V 3A0
Phone: 807-928-2034
: 807-928-2708