A Walk to Ghost Lake in Algonquin Park Exploring the Rana Lake Red Oak Nature Reserve
Some photos from a hike through the Rana Lake Red Oak Nature Reserve in Algonquin Park, starting from the Brent Road at Rana Lake, walking to Pan Lake and then following the portage to Ghost Lake. This portage traverses the nature reserve and visits the site of the former Brent Fire Tower. The fall colours were just beginning to develop.
According to the Natural Heritage Information Centre database (1), the Rana Lake Red Oak (N26) Reserve " ... is dominated by a dry to dry-mesic intolerant and tolerant forest complex, with Sugar Maple and American Beech dominating more moist, deeper soil sites and mature, open Red Oak forest in thin soil, drier sites. The Red Oak, estimated to compose about 30% of the total cover of the site, is said to constitute the most extensive, mature growth of this species in Algonquin Park. The site is on Ground Moraine and Rock Outcrop landform."
2011 September 26
The Natural Heritage Information Centre used to provide good summaries of various special natural areas throughout Ontario. However, over the last several years, software improvements have destroyed the site's functionality and usefulness. We suspect that the quoted description of the Rana Lake Red Oak Nature Reserve still resides somewhere in the NHIC public database, but is now -- at least for us -- unfindable.