Crowbar Lake Trail to Otter Lake

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Crowbar Lake Trail to Otter Lake is a 19.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Porters Lake, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

19.6 km
589 m

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Crowbar Lake Trail to Otter Lake is a trail located in Porter’s Lake, Nova Scotia. It is the full loop of the Crowbar Lake Hiking Trail system. This trail system offers a variety of scenic trails in a rugged, forested wilderness landscape of exposed, high ridges, and beautiful lakes and waterways. The trails are footpaths, suitable for single file hiking. The Myra road trail head and first several hundred metres are on Crown Land. The Waverley-Salmon River Long Lake Wilderness Area is designated under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act, and is Management by the NSEL and DNR. Low-impact recreation (hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing) is permitted. Camping is not permitted on the trail system. The Crowbar trail system was developed and is managed by a local community Wilderness Area Association through trail agreements with NSEL and DNR. Please note you are on your own when using these extensive and difficult trails and should plan ahead for safe travel. Parking Information: Parking is available at the trailhead at 1800 Myra Road.

20 days ago

Nice trail, great views. Late Sept. there was very silent and for majority of the time I was the only human around.

I was assuming that there’s only one loop as the AllTrails say, but there are several forks along - check out the map on the trail. Thanks to it you can decide whether to have a long or a short loop.

Recommendable. Easy to find starting point and relatively well marked.

29 days ago

Nice trail, work up a good sweet!!

1 month ago

some of the trail was very overgrown, although still visible.

I would recommend the trail to friends!

3 months ago

I'm familiar with part of this system, from Otter Lake up to Crowbar Lake.

The entrance on River Drive leads to a parking lot by the old "Camp Victoria", and a place where an old metal bridge used to be at Otter Lake. The road used to be public, but apparently it says here its now private property. When I drove on that road last week, a local resident said I was OK to go....not sure what that means or how authoritative it is. As far as I'm concerned, its reasonable if there is no barricade or chain blocking the road. There may be provision in the "Trails Act" in NS for this road to be for considered for public purposes of accessing public waterways (ie, Otter Lake and the river). The private property sign along River Drive may be ambiguous, ie, does it just mean "beyond this point on this road" or the forests on either side of the road? If they intended to completely block access, then why not put up a chain?

Please search for "Salmon River Long Lake" on this site, as I've written a more detailed description of this, and little bit of history.

Another point is that there is or was a "Lookoff" trail, which leads to a high look-off location directly north of Barren Lake (East of Otter Lake) . I recall a very nice ripe harvest of high-bush blueberries in September, when I was in Scouts back in the 90s.

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16 days ago

Monday, August 21, 2017