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Opasquia Provencial Park

Big Hook offers guests an opportunity to fish the most remote fly-in outposts located within one of Ontario's newest provincial parks. Created in 1985, the Opasquia Provincial Park is located 185 miles north of Red Lake Ontario, Canada. Adjoining the Manitoba border, the Opasquia Wilderness Park is approximately 1.5 million acres of pure wilderness. Accessible by float plane only, the park has no road access even during the winter highway season.

Distinctive geology is abundant throughout the park. A ridge of glacial till two kilometres wide rises 100-200 metres above its surroundings. This is the Opasquia Moraine. On the sides of the moraine, wave-cut terraces and segments of raised shoreline indicate the former limit of glacial Lake Agassiz. Sparkling with bright blue water, several kettle holes are present in this ridge. Another interesting fact about the park is the northwestern water flow of water is considered an anomaly. This is due to the fact all other bodies of water in Ontario flow northeast towards Hudson Bay and James Bay. This can be attributed to the Cocos Plateau formed from glaciers during the last ice age. The park can be considered the headwaters for the massive body of water known as Island Lake, located in Manitoba. The Sagawitchewan River is the parks main river system that winds miles upon miles throughout and eventually spills into Cocos Lake.

The dominant tree species is spruce, growing alongside scattered poplar, tamarack, birch, jack pine and ash. As noted in our homepage, among the spruce and birch trees are bald eagles, bear, moose, osprey, otters, wolves, minks, and martens. The wolverine population is what makes this park unique. The Opasquia Provincial Park supports one of the largest concentration of wolverines in North America.

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