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 buildings, sheds, or docks on the peninsula.
The islands surrounding the Farabout Peninsula have been protected as a Conservation Reserve within the Ontario Parks System, they are designated as the 'Eagle Lake Conservation Islands’.
The Farabout Peninsula dominates the center of Eagle Lake. Fishing is a popular activity in the waters surrounding the peninsula. Some hunting occurs in the interior of the peninsula. There are no cabins, docks, or other permanent structures on Farabout. 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. These logging plans have been temporarily stayed. No proposed Phase 1 (2011-2016), Phase II (2016-2021), or contingency harvest area will be allocated on the Peninsula.
The next Forest Management Plan (FMP), which may include Farabout Peninsula, is presently being prepared. The Coalition is working to ensure that no logging will be approved by OMNRF in the next 10 year FMP, and further, to have Farabout Peninsula permanently removed from all future logging plans.
The Farabout Peninsula is attached to the northwest shore of Eagle Lake by a narrow marshy isthmus which is the only access point by land. The rich wetlands along the shores of the peninsula are of importance to the entire lake both as fish habitat, and for the birds and other wildlife that are concentrated there. The isthmus has special cultural and historical significance to the Eagle Lake First Nation. No road building should be allowed on this environmentally sensitive land bridge.