The west side trail as described below is closed to winter access. Only the east side trail is open. This is because the west side trail crosses private property where it becomes a ski trail in the winter. Hikers must stay off of that portion of trail to avoid damage to the groomed ski trail. Please respect private property and posted signage.
Length: The Beetle Lake Trail currently consists of two 2.5 km ‘lollipop’ style out and back loops. One is on the east side of Oxtongue Lake and the other is on the west side. Each are accessed from the same parking location. Historically this trail was a 5.5km loop which started and ended in the same location. It has been changed to the lollipop format as a temporary measure due to a failure of the bridge that crossed Oxbow Creek at the midway point of the trail. A replacement timeline for this structure has not yet been established and users will not be able to cross the creek.
Trailhead Address: Parking is located at 1035 Algonquin Outfitters Road. The west side trail head can be found on the left just past Algonquin Outfitters store where it then crosses a portion of private property, please obey posted signage and respect the wishes of the landowners. The east side trail head is located off of Elliot Road which can be found after a short but scenic walk from the parking area back out to Hwy 60. Then head east (left) across the highway bridge then turn north (left) onto Elliot Road, the trailhead can be found on the east (right) side a short distance up that road. Please respect nearby local residents and private property and do not park on this road.
GPS Location: UTM Zone 17. T 0662459E 5027454N
Description: These two lollipop loops hike through an active beaver pond, bog, hardwood hills and primary growth forest to a stunning lookout of Oxtongue Lake. Because of the varied and open forest types, this area provides one of the best opportunities in the Highlands for spotting many of Central Ontario’s best known bird and wildlife species such as moose, deer, otter, beaver, snowshoe hare, red-tailed hawk, barred owl and ruffed rouseg, just to name a few!