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Fall Foliage Colours

     2019-09-15: Follow us on Facebook (MT Group / SLBM Trails) for progress tracking of the 2019 autumn foliage colour on the SLBM Trails.


 
2019 Hunting Season

     2019-08-26: This notice is to help you plan timing of your visit to the SLBM Trails in autumn 2019.

The Spectacle Lakes / Bear & Burnetts Mountains recreation trails lie within the Ontario Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 55A.

The 2019 hunting season* (with firearms) for following large game animals within WMU 55A is as follows.


Moose   19 - 25 October
Deer     4 - 17 November

* Hunting Regulations 2019-2020 (published April 2019)


Calendars
2019
2018
It is highly recommended that non-hunters refrain from using the trails during the above dates.

Should you decide to hike in the area during these dates, please take the appropriate precautions by wearing appropiate dress to signal your presence to hunters.

You should be aware that hunters do not take kindly to persons interfering with their hunt — they have had to purchase licences for the privilege to harvest a moose or deer.


Dated : 26 August 2019


* Annual hunting season dates with firearms determined as follows:
  • Moose : begins 3rd Saturday in October for 6 days.
  • Deer : begins 1st Monday in November for 14 days.
Refer to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry hunting regulations for more detailed information.

Open Fire Ban Advisory

     2019-09-05: UPDATE – Madawaska Valley Township has lifted the TOTAL FIRE BAN. Night time burning is now allowed WITH PERMITS.

PLEASE REFRAIN from lighting fires on the SLBM Trails: there are no designated areas for campfires. The forest cover remains extremely dry and combustible.

This amended fire ban will remain in effect until further notice.




     2019-07-26: Madawaska Valley Township is now under a TOTAL FIRE BAN, no open air burning is permitted. The fire ban includes campfires, outdoor cooking fires (charcoal bbq's), and fireworks. This applies to all public and private lands.

SLBM Trails are covered under this fire ban.

The fire ban will remain in effect until further notice.

If you have any questions please contact the Chief Fire Official at 613-756-2747.


Fire Hazard Rating Chart ~ Extreme

Open Fire Ban Advisory

     2019-07-25: Madawaska Valley Township has issued a Level 2 Fire Ban effective immediately. All open fires, including campfires, are banned. This applies to all public and private lands.

If you have any questions please contact the Chief Fire Official at 613-756-2747.

Open Fire Ban Advisory

     2019-07-05: Madawaska Valley Township has issued a Level 1 Fire Ban effective immediately. No burning permits will be issued. Camp fires are allowed in a designated fire pit.

As there are no designated fire pits in area that encompasses the SLBM Trails, CAMPFIRES are NOT PERMITTED.

If you have any questions please contact the Chief Fire Official at 613-756-2747.

Crossing on Spectacle Lake OK

     2019-01-07: Ice conditions on Spectacle Lake are now safe to cross on snowshoes or skis. See accompanying map for recommended route that links to the SLBM Trails on land.

This winter crossing provides a convenient access to trails in southern part of the 50 km SLBM Trails network.


SL Map
(click on map to view larger version)

Trails Ready for Snowshoeing

     2019-01-07: Volunteer maintenance crew cleared damage to trails caused by clinging heavy wet snow in late November. The trails are now ready for some winter fun snowshoeing. There is almost 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on the ground.

Video cover

Video cover

 
2018 Hunting Season

The Spectacle Lakes / Bear & Burnetts Mountains recreation trails lie within the Ontario Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 55A.

The 2018 hunting season* (with firearms) for following large game animals within WMU 55A is as follows.


Moose
(adult & calf)

  20 - 26 October
Deer     5 - 18 November

* Hunting Regulations 2018-2019 (published April 2018)


Calendars
2018
2019
It is highly recommended that non-hunters refrain from using the trails during the above dates.

Should you decide to hike in the area during these dates, please take the appropriate precautions by wearing appropiate dress to signal your presence to hunters.

You should be aware that hunters do not take kindly to persons interfering with their hunt — they have had to purchase licences for the privilege to harvest a moose or deer.


Dated : 20 September 2018


* Annual hunting season dates with firearms determined as follows:
  • Moose : begins 3rd Saturday in October for 6 days.
  • Deer : begins 1st Monday in November for 14 days.
Refer to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry hunting regulations.

Open Fire Ban

     2018-09-20: Open fires allowed in Madawaska Valley Township — with permits — one hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise for period through to 31 October 2018.

This regulation applies to where SLBM Trails are located.
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     2018-08-10: Fire ban has been lifted for Algonquin, Bonnechere and Bon Echo Provincial Parks.

Fire ban is lifted in South Algonquin Township only for organized campgrounds. Ban remains in effect in all other areas.

Fire ban remains in effect in Madawaska Township.

Open fires still not permitted in area where SLBM Trails are located.
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     2018-08-03: Despite recent rains, the total fire ban remains in effect for an indeterminate period. The ban includes charcoal-fueled BBQs.
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     2018-07-26: Despite recent rains, the total fire ban remains in effect for an indeterminate period.
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     2018-07-10: Effective immediately there is a complete open fire ban in the Madawaska Basin that includes the area where the SLBM Trails are located.

Burnetts Mtn. (hiking) Trail – 3 Viewpoints Added

     2018-05-26: During the recent SLBM Trails maintenance, 3 viewpoints were added to the Burnetts Mtn. hiking trail (as indicated on map segment below).

Now your hike up the mountain will be rewarded with panoramic views spanning counter-clockwise from the northwest through southeast.

Photos of views from these viewpoints posted in Photo Gallery.

Updated version (May 2018) of the SLBM Trails hiking map is available @ Maps.


Burnetts Mtn Map 2018-05-26

Bark Lake & Ramblers Way Trails - North Sections Damaged Repaired

     2018-05-07: UPDATE — The Ramblers Way trail section shown in boxed area on map below is now open.



     2017-12-11: UPDATE — The section of Bark Lake trail shown in boxed area on map below is now open.

The Ramblers Way trail section in same box is still impassable due to major blowdown of black spruce. A trail maintenance work crew will be clearing the trail in early May 2018.




     2017-09-25: Severe micro bursts of wind in August-September caused widespread windfalls on the Bark Lake trail between Spectacle Lake trail and Link trail (see highlighted section on map below). This section of the trail is impassable due to the density of the windfall (black spruce).

No indication at present as to when volunteer maintenance crew will be able to get trail cleared this autumn.


 
2017 Hunting Season

The Spectacle Lakes / Bear & Burnetts Mountains recreation trails lie within the Ontario Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 55A.

The 2017 hunting season* (with firearms) for following large game animals within WMU 55A is as follows.


Moose   21 - 27 October
Deer     6 - 19 November

* Hunting Regulations 2017-2018 (published April 2017)


Calendars
2017
2018
It is highly recommended that non-hunters refrain from using the trails during the above dates.

Should you decide to hike in the area during these dates, please take the appropriate precautions by wearing appropiate dress to signal your presence to hunters.

You should be aware that hunters do not take kindly to persons interfering with their hunt — they have had to purchase licences for the privilege to harvest a moose or deer.


Dated : 13 August 2017


* Annual hunting season dates with firearms determined as follows:
  • Moose : begins 3rd Saturday in October for 6 days.
  • Deer : begins 1st Monday in November for 14 days.
Refer to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry hunting regulations.

Wolf Lake Loop Trail Section Open

     2017-05-11: Volunteer maintenance crew on 2017-05-10 completed re-establishing trail section on Wolf Lake Loop that beaver activity had blocked by toppling some dozen birch and poplar trees across path. The complete Wolf Lake Loop trail is now open for hiking.

Wolf Lake Loop Trail



Temporary Closure Wolf Lake Loop Trail Section

     2017-05-06: Beaver activity since last October has brought down over a dozen large trees (photo) on section of Wolf Lake Loop Trail along west side of Black Cat Lake. This section of Wolf Lake Loop Trail — between Eagles Trail & Wolf Trail — is temporarily closed.
     A voluntary maintenance work crew is scheduled to remove the fallen trees from the trail during week of 8-12 May 2017.



(Top banner photo: Snowshoeing on Spectacle Lake, heading north.)

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