Crotch Lake

Crotch Lake – Big Island

Crotch Lake is one of the largest and most accessible lakes in the North Frontenac Park Lands Program.  The unspoiled pine forest, rocky points, sheltered bays and beautiful islands are among the deep clear blue water, that make Crotch Lake a peaceful, wonderful back-country camping experience. There are 72 campsites on the lake, with 2 boat launches on both ends of the lake that are maintained by the Township. Of the 72 sites, 4 are accessible by Vehicle (aka Drive-In Sites), whereas all other sites are sporadically placed throughout the lake giving the camper the utmost beautiful views of such a pristine lake and will require watercraft to access the sites.

Most of the shoreline is undeveloped and undisturbed.  Near the middle of the lake the large peninsulas on both the east and west sides are part of a conservation reserve further protecting the unique environmental features found here.

Fishing in Crotch Lake – Here you will find Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed, Bluegill, Black Crappie and Brown Bullhead!

For canoeing enthusiasts Crotch lake is part of the Mississippi River canoe route. You can also find other means of Paddle Routes by visiting ‘Discover Frontenac by Paddle.’

Campsite Location Map ‘Click Here’

Crotch Lake Trail

The Crotch Lake Trail is a marked walking trail through the natural wetlands and forests between the southwest shore of Crotch Lake and Big Gull Lake. The trail heads west from the south access road to the lake, then swings north past the eastern tip of Big Gull Lake before it loops back west toward Crotch Lake and curves south parallel to the southern portion of the west shore of the lake. The entire loop is approximately 7 miles.

See the ‘Trail map Here

Directions

Access is provided to the north end of the lake off Road 509 near the village of Ompah. Turn south onto South Bush Road and follow it all the way to the lake access point. The south end access is off of Ardoch Road, called ‘Crotch Lake Access Road.’ Follow to the end of the road. Once your boat is launched, parking is available above the boat launch.

Please Note: Road Access Permits are required.

Directions to Crotch Lake Access Road Boat Launch

Directions to South Bush Road Boat Launch