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Paddle Lunenburg/Queens

Lake Route 11: Ten Mile Lake

Record #: LQR0046
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 11 Nov 2014


Public Bulletin
Neither South Shore nor the Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association own or control the canoe routes, portages or campsites listed in this guide, and assume no responsibility or liability for the safety of those using the canoe routes, walking the portages, or using the campsites. 
lt is recommended that users approach all canoe routes, portages and campsites in a safe and responsible manner. Conditions can change through fluctuating water levels, natural debris, and logging activity. Arrangements must be made directly with the owners of the portages and campsites. 
South Shore and Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association are not liable for any errors or omissions in this guide.


Located In South Shore Region
Where To Find Us
Milton, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County ; Queens County (NS)


Phone 902-275-3490
Contact Chad Haughn, President, LQRCDA

Description & Services

A long, rocky lake with marshlands that is undeveloped and has a wilderness feel though close to the highway. 
Where: Off Route 8 
Skill Level: Beginner 
Time: Day or half day trip 
Distance: 10 km return 
Click map to enlarge 
Ten Mile Lake presumably got its name because of its location ten miles from Milton. A small provincial picnic park at the north end of the lake provides the only public access. It is a lovely spot with large pine and beech trees and a tiny beach. The shoreline on the north half is very rocky for landing but a few stony beaches can be found as you head south. The land is low lying with few hills for reference but its hard to get lost on this lake with its long narrow shape. 
Although the shoreline is not very suited to landing, the lack of development all around the lake make it a peaceful place to paddle though you can hear traffic from the nearby highway. In the south end of the lake are three large wooded islands. Beaver Island is the middle of the three and on the north end is Beaver Lodge Outfitters, a hunting and fishing business that operates from March till December. 
The south end is a mix of grasses extending inland into large marshes. Anarrow channel (400 m) lined with waving grasses connects the south end to Little Ten Mile Lake, a shallow isolated lake about one km long and wide. This channel is passable even in low water for a canoe or kayak. 
Water Safety Notes 
Wind - The long, narrow shape of this lake with little shelter means you may be paddling into a headwind either on your way down or your way back depending on the season. Plan for the extra time and energy required. 
How to get there 
On Route 8 between Liverpool and Caledonia. 19.5 kms from Exit 19 off Highway 103. 
Access Point One - Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park 
This park is open from Victoria Day weekend in May until Thanksgiving in October. It has picnic tables and pit toilets. Launching is easy either at a new boat ramp or a small beach. A gate prevents vehicle entry when the park is closed but use is still permitted and encouraged. The carry from the gate to the beach is about 90m. 
No connections to other routes in this book. 
For more information on the park, please call the Department of Natural Resources. The Liverpool office phone number is 902-354-3462. 
Topographic map - Liverpool 21 A/2
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Children under 16 with adults - please use own discretion depending on skill level

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