Official MNR List – Timmins District “Restricted Access Lakes”

This list may no longer be accurate and I would guess the number of lakes listed here have most likely doubled or tripled by now. If you know of other “restricted access lakes” in this area or other areas please let us know so we can provide more accurate information for our readers. 2/13/2018

Well as far as we know you can still take photographs and hike around these lakes, but if we don’t put a stop to this nonsense those additional restrictions won’t be too far away.MNR_Timmins_RestrictedLakes

Thanks to our hard-working OntORA members in Timmins, you can now review the official MNR list of “Restricted Access Lakes” in the Timmins area.

Here is the Official MNR List of “Restricted Access Lakes – Timmins, ON District”:

A lot of the acronyms are jibberish to most of us, but the MNR’s intent is clear.

It’s time for the MNR to hold public meetings in each district across Ontario to explain in detail EXACTLY what each and every one of these restrictions means. I’m sure a thorough question and answer period with each public meeting would reveal a lot of hidden agendas as well.

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  • Jeremiah June 14, 2011, 5:49 pm

    This list which OntORA has posted as ”official MNR list” Timmins district , ”restricted access lakes ”, is absolutely WRONG.
    the MNR has only 15 lakes on this list, which is complete bullshit. There are many, many more than 15 lakes with restricted access.
    On the Foleyet timber road, there are 20+ lakes with restricted access (quality fishing zone)
    On the Oates lake road there are 15+ lakes with restricted access (quality fishing zone)
    Plus there is another 40+ lakes in the Timmins, Gogama, Foleyet Shining Tree areas with designated tourist lakes.
    If you are caught accessing any of these lakes with a motorized vehicle, you will be charged, i personally know people who have been charged, and it wasn’t on any of the lakes on the mnr’s list.
    OntORA, please get your facts strait, because people, including OntORA members, will be getting charged if they think there okay, as long as they don’t fish any of the lakes on the MNR’s list.
    I know for a fact of people being charged or warned for accessing Oswald lake, Ridley lake, Dyment lake, Lasucor Lake, Denyes lake, Engineer lake, Ferris lake ,Rollo lake Rainey lake, Shiners lake ect. None of these lakes appear on the MNR’s so called “official list”.

    OntORA please remove this so called “official list” from your site, you are misleading people.

    • Webmaster June 14, 2011, 9:49 pm

      “Don’t shoot the messenger!”

      All we are doing is making whatever information we have public. When I saw the list I was skeptical that it might only contain a selected number of lakes, but it is the “official” list from the MNR as far as we know.

      If there are additional lakes that are restricted it would clearly demonstrate the lies and misinformation that the MNR sends to the public. We would be more than happy to post a more extensive list (with photos if possible) of all of the lakes that you can show are restricted.

    • joe smith August 31, 2014, 1:04 pm

      this is such fkin bulls@#t!! i would tear down the signs,, and send the natives in to net the lakes clean,, These bastards wanna play these games they should be taught a valuable lesson,,
      My grandfather fought for freedom, in this country through democracy,, what we have in timmins, through french politics,,is a disgrace to canadian charter of rights and freedoms, and people up there sit there doin nothing about it..
      is it a communist country we live in? sure seems that way as soon as i get north of gogama.

  • joe gerner June 16, 2011, 9:06 am

    jeremiah would you please contact me phone 894 2340 or email gogama area rep thank you

  • Guy Dumais July 28, 2011, 2:17 pm

    What I really don’t understand is why these roads and lakes are closed to us during the winter for ice fishing . The outfitters aren’t even operating during these monthes . Also I think the outfitters (mostly Americans ) income should be more closely watched on a federal level . From what I’ve heard a lot of their income is done under the table .

  • Forestry guy August 1, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Lets not forget the trade off of lakes. When there are mining claims, patented lands etc that are in a area of the Quality fshing zone they get traded off for other lakes that are in the interest of the tourist operator. FYI these Tourist Outfitters are NOT REMOTE TOURIST OPERATORS. They cannot sell Remote with the population of 50K on there door stop. AIR IVANHOE owners are bullies they have mentioned that these lakes are theirs.
    “Go fishing you deserve it”

  • Sylvie August 21, 2011, 9:25 pm

    My husband and I tried to bring our boys to lakes behind Hagar that my husbands familly fished for years, but could not because of they dug up the road and put up signs… I didn’t realise how wide spread this problem was. As an avid fisherman and hunter, mostly in the shinningtree area, I think it’s just horrible that any Ontarian is being denied access for the sake of fly-ins, and remote tourism. I know they bring in money but comme on, I must spend 5 thousand a year on hunting and fishing, probably a lot more : gas, equipement, outdoor everything, taxes… And how many more people are spending just as much? Besides the fact that the governement should encourage us all to take our kids into the woods on the weekends instead of having them doing nothing or causing havock on the town streets. Hunting and fishing people from Ontario bring in much more than money into our economy, they bring values, respect for the environement, patience and self-esteem to the next generation. It’s so much bigger than just about the money a few outfiters are making from a limited amount of Americans. Something needs to be done to stop this.

  • Wayne August 24, 2011, 9:35 am

    If you read the additional notes on the last page, No. 2 says “these access restrictions are for the spring-summer-fall tourist operating season only”.What is their definition of the tourist season? Has some additional regulation been added because the MNR continues to enforce no Snowmobile access on these roads particularly the Yeo road to Rice Lake. Is the MNR just bluffing their way thru this and making their own rules.

  • James Turuba September 10, 2011, 11:05 am

    This is a travesty and I can only name who is responsible for this. McGuinty has appointed MPP Linda Jeffrey from Brampton-Springdale as minister of natural resources to be in charge of decisions for the MNR. Jeffrey is not even born in Canada and probably never even set foot in the northern region and has been ignoring northern MPPs questions about access on crown land. I am sure we all know that this misguided arrogant Bramptonian is in it just for the money and has been only paying attention to the outfitters for profit. This is one of the reasons Northern Ontario needs to become a seperate province. I would rather take this dictatorship to supreme court of Canada than pay charges for tresspassing on public land. It’s time that McGuinty resigns and the one to replace him to fire Jeffrey for her lousy arrogant work against the residents who live in the northern regions. I plan to break Jeffrey’s law and take it to supreme court so beware liberals!

  • James Turuba September 10, 2011, 11:11 am

    I think the whole thing the MNR is doing is a bunch of bullshit… Canada is suppose to be a free country but really it isn’t.

  • Forestry guy September 10, 2011, 2:14 pm

    Time to take advantage when no one looks. In Foleyet the Flyin arrogant SOB is gone in October. Fly Fly away you PITA (pain in the ass)

  • daniel lick November 8, 2011, 10:31 am

    I was driving in to check a friend’s cabin near Dryberry lake, south of Kenora, a few weeks ago. The road was posted. We went in anyway. Soon we noticed a spotter plane hanging around. Shortly after that we were pulled over by armed MNR officers who held us at the side of the road for hours, and who searched our vehicle. Eventually they let us go with a 120 dollar fine. Seems like a lot of policing just to keep one camp owner happy. Is it possible there is something bigger going on back in the bush?

    • Marc R August 10, 2018, 2:11 pm

      I have a couple of questions about this fine…. Is it 120$ per person or one fine for the group and do you know if they have the rights to seize anything from you right then and there?? Also do you get fined for just driving to the lake with a quad without the intention of fishing….. Just exploring and hunting for partridge??
      Thanks Marc

  • Forestry guy December 5, 2011, 7:36 pm

    Ontera, with the rally at Oswald Lake , what has been the outcome of this ordeal??
    What has the Northern Fisherman gained in this process??
    Did it identify a issue that can be won???

  • Faceman March 18, 2012, 9:05 pm

    I note that several of the above mentioned lakes are the “property’ of Chapleau Air Services (Lee Cole) and although Lee has not accessed these lakes in years he still retains a stranglehold on them…One, one acre camp on a lake and apparently they have exculsive use of the whole thing

  • PFR March 20, 2012, 10:31 pm

    If its on crown land , fish it . Going to court sucks ass but you will beat the charge . They bank on people not fighting a $150 ticket. They cant say you cant fish here and let another man. NOT ON CROWN LAND , WE OWN IT !!!!!

  • dan March 23, 2012, 11:17 am

    There is another road near Dogtooth Lake off HWY 71 that is closed.

  • Kyle July 29, 2012, 1:22 am

    I just started getting in to this remote thing the last couple of years. These issues were just brought to my attention from a co-worker. There is probably some sort of hidden agenda.
    “Fly in camps” can’t bring in so much tax money that it’s feasible to spend money on destroying roads and blocking access. Maybe these properties are going to be for sale in the near future. Maybe it’s a non contaminated water thing. Where’s Mr. Ventura and the conspiracy theory team. People are stating that they spend so much money on hunting and should have access to these areas yet they still spend the same money every year to go to other lakes. I see boats in the bush with stickers on them saying they have to be removed. The government should buy boats and put them in these areas for all to use.
    This is really stupid. Someone should keep track of all the charges of this nature. If someone tried to charge me for going fishing when I only get to go a few times a year I guarantee I would be thrown in jail for kicking someone’s ass. Especially if I go home with no fish.

  • Dan September 29, 2013, 7:43 pm

    I have a question! Why is it that all these lakes get “closed” to the public so an outfitter can run their buissness (mostly to Yanks). We as a collective whole, pay more in taxes then any outfitters combined. Is there not strenght in numbers. Do we , the residents, not have the right to launch a class action lawsuit against the outfitters and the government. It looks like a “discrimination” case at least. I also heard of an outfitter that was operating in Quebec a few years ago and was caught for poaching, so he was kicked out. From what I am told he now operates in Ontario. Should this site not gather it’s members and the rest of the unregistered public and put an end to this CRAP!!

  • Dan September 30, 2013, 10:21 am

    Apparently closing these lakes is not legal, but the MNR does it anyway and attempts to bully the public into accepting it as fact.

  • Dan September 30, 2013, 10:29 am

    Other lakes that are closed are the so called experimental lakes between Dryden and Kenora. The media has recently jumped on the bandwagon regarding the closure of theses lakes and a lot of misinformation spread around. People seem to think these lakes are being used for some vague environmental purpose. In reality, the government has been dumping toxins into them for decades, just to see how long they take to recover. Thats it. They poison them and see if they can come back. If anyone but the government did this they would be jailed. The road is closed because they dont want anyone to see what they are doing.

  • ron February 16, 2015, 6:26 pm

    yea bullshit for sure got caught near ridley lake on one of my claims and got warned by mnr no fishing or hunting even if you come in by another way where theres no signs saying road closed to unauthorized motor vehicle including motorized snow vehicles So horse and buggy go fish

  • ron March 17, 2015, 4:06 pm

    All crown land to boot must be cause of that big fly in on raney lake

  • ron March 17, 2015, 4:18 pm

    All crown land to boot protecting those so called fly in lakes