EAGLE LAKE FARABOUT PENINSULA
Description of the Farabout Peninsula
The Farabout Peninsula is a roadless wilderness area of mature forests, bogs, beaver dams, rocky lakeshore, and extensive shoreline wetlands. The peninsula is located in the middle of Eagle Lake, 30 kilometers west of Dryden in northwestern Ontario.
The peninsula is approximately 1084 hectares in area, of which 839 hectares is Crown Land and the remaining 245 hectares is privately owned. There are no roads on the peninsula.
The islands surrounding Farabout Peninsula have been protected as a Conservation Reserve within Ontario Parks legislation. They are designated as the ‘Eagle Lake Conservation Islands’ and are protected. The Coalition believes the Peninsula should have been protected by this same designation.
The Farabout Peninsula dominates the centre of Eagle Lake. Fishing is a popular activity in the waters surrounding the peninsula. Some hunting occurs in the interior of the peninsula. Mining exploration has occurred a number of years ago, but no active mines have been developed. Selective logging has occurred on the Farabout Peninsula in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
A portion of the peninsula was slated for logging in the 2011 – 2021 Dryden District Forest Management Plan(FMP). These logging plans were halted. The Coalition worked for 12 years to ensure that Farabout Peninsula was not included in the forthcoming FMP. This effort was successful and the Peninsula has not been included in the next FMP (2021-2031).
Our overall goal now is to seek permanent protection of Farabout Peninsula.
The Peninsula is attached to the northwest shore of Eagle Lake by a narrow marshy isthmus, the only access point by land. The area of the isthmus and peninsula have special cultural and historical significance to the Eagle Lake First Nation. Recent archaeological finds (2018-2020)on the isthmus are formally registered and are legally protected by the Ontario Heritage Act.
Please see the Archaeology Page, listed below on this website, for more detailed information.