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McCarson's Lake Ontario

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Submitted By: talsan on 13 Jun 2007
Latitude: 44.051075
Longitude: -80.083942

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From Orangeville, ON: take HWY 10 north to Mono Centre Rd. (Dufferin County Rd. 8); go east on Cty Rd. 8 for approximately 2.5 miles; follow curve in the road to the north (2nd Line EHS) and continue another 2.5 miles to Mono Cliffs Provincial Park entrance.

From Toronto, ON: take Airport Rd. north to Mono Centre Rd. (Dufferin County Rd. 8); go west approximately 3.9 miles to 2nd Line EHS; turn north and continue approximately 1.25 miles to Mono Cliffs Provincial Park entrance.

At park entrance, follow hiking trails in a general westward direction (for non-GPS users); the lake can be seen at the given coordinates on Google Earth, but the pathway is difficult to delineate because of the trees.



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I went swimming in this lake almost every summer growing up. I've always known it as McCarson's Lake, though it may have a different official name. A GPS unit would be preferable for finding the lake since it is secluded by dense forest all around. But it is visible on Google Earth, so if you're going without a GPS, keep looking because it is there, and you'll see it was worth the effort to find this hidden beauty of the Niagra Escarpment region. And just as a side note, there's some pretty good fishing there too. I was a child when I fished there, so I'm not sure about licenses and such, but there's an unwritten rule maintained by the locals that the fishing there is strictly catch-and-release. The picturesque scenery and seclusion from the trails make for a tranquil swimming retreat. This place really is secret.



Mono Cliffs, Ontario
Distance: 0.49 mi
Activities: Hiking & Backpacking, Caving / Spelunking, Rock / Ice Climbing
 

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