Within the Painted Rock Nature Reserve there are some interesting pictographs on the cliffs of Pictured Lake.
Round-Trip: 1 km
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
There are some pretty neat pictographs on the cliffs of Pictured Lake. This hike is best done in winter when you can stand on the ice and get a close look at the pictographs.
These pictographs are featured on the cover of the book, Indian Rock Paintings of the Great Lakes and are considered to be of ‘national significance’ by the Royal Ontario Museum. This area is part of the Painted Rock Nature Reserve.
From Thunder Bay drive south on Highway 61 for 22km then turn right onto Boundary Dr, drive for 6 km then turn left at East Oliver Lake Road. Pictured Lake will be on the left at about 1.5 km.
I don’t know the proper way to access the lake. I’m hoping someone who knows will share the information. When I went, I parked along the side of the road, bushwhacked to the lake, and snowshoed to the site of the pictographs. I heard there was a hiking trail here, but I don’t yet know the details.