Day 32: Rainbow Falls Provincial Park to Marathon’s Penn Lake Park and Campground

A classy Blackhawk

Just past Rossport Campground, but still in Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is the Whitesand Lake Campground. This campground is near the cascading Rainbow Falls and has an extensive trail system.

Expect to see signs in this area for the Casque Isles Trail. This 52 km long trail runs from Rossport along the shoreline of Lake Superior hopping from bay to bay until Aguasabon Falls & Gorge near Terrace Bay.

The viewing platforms for Aguasabon Falls are west of Terrace Bay and only a short bike down a paved road off of HWY 17. Watching the Aguasabon River plunge over 30 metres down the Aguasabon Gorge on route to Lake Superior is a must for anyone passing through the area.

Schreiber, population 901, is set on the shore of Lake Superior. Head downtown to check out the Downtown Railway and Heritage Festival Site and learn about the influence of the railway in this area. There is a tourist information booth adjacent to the festival site. Check out the Schrieber Public Library for internet access.

The next town you will pass through is Terrace Bay, population 1 625. Terrace Bay has a grocery store and is a good place to pick up supplies. Check out Terrace Bay Beach, a large sandy beach next to the Aguasabon Golf Course. On a clear day you can see the Slate Islands. Watch for the tourist information centre on the highway, which offers visitors a chance to check their email at their free internet portal. Ask here about the Slate Islands and its 68 metre tall lighthouse.

Just west of Marathon is Neys Provincial Park which is host to a campground, one of Lake Superior’s finest beaches and a rare herd of woodland caribou. The park is bound on the west by the shallow and sandy Little Pic River, which played an important role in the logging industry. Loggers would fall trees here and float them down Little Pic into Lake Superior where they would then be hauled to the Slate Islands for processing.

Your destination for the evening is Marathon’s Penn Lake Park and Campground. Exit into Marathon from HWY 17 and plunge down a long hill. Marathon, population 3 863, has history as a resource town, first pulp and paper and then gold. There is a grocery store in town.

Spend the evening on the shores of Penn Lake at Penn Lake Campground. This lake is a warm alternative to frigid Lake Superior and a good place to have a swim. Laundry facilities are available and there is a small sheltered picnic site.

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Rossport Campground heading north towards HWY 17.
0.4Turn right onto HWY 17.
3.7Exit to Whitesand Lake Campground on your left.
29.4Terrace Bay.
79.3Enter Neys Provincial Park.
82.5Exit right into Neys Provincial Park.
82.9Exit Neys Provincial Park.
105.8Intersection of HWY 17 & Peninsula Road / HWY 626. Turn right.
109.3Enter Marathon.
109.9Turn left on Penn Lake Road. Remain on Penn Lake Road.
112.5Turn left into Penn Lake Park.
112.8Welcome to Penn Lake Campground.

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