After Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, Otter Lake is the largest lake in the municipality of North Bay. The Otter Lake area is a pristine, undeveloped, very large natural area with extremely exciting geographical and natural history. It is also just 15 minutes from downtown North Bay. This area is possibly the best kept secret of the municipality. It is an excellent area in which to hike, canoe, camp, orienteer, and snowshoe. No buildings exist on the entire perimeter. There are two access roads to Otter Lake Recreational Lands – the South Access Road (Widdifield Station Road) and the North Access Road (McGruther’s Road).

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OTTER LAKE TRAIL characteristics

Length: 4.1 km. loop
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking and Snowshoeing
Accessibility Notes: None
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None

Discovery Routes 205 Main Street East North Bay, Ontario P1B 1B2 Telephone: (705) 472-8480 ext. 223

Find it: Otter Lake – south access at 3902 Widdifield Station Rd – north access at McGruthers Rd

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 46.4005880
Longitude: -79.3063070