We went during the week in August and while not deserted, the park was quite quiet. Astonishingly so! There were times when we were completely by ourselves. There is a lot to do in this park, and the scenery is stunning. There are quite a number of hikes which are different lengths, from 34 km one way to 10km round trip to 1 and 2 kms. You can go to Grassy Narrows Marsh at the bottom of Hecla and do a number of hikes there too. The bird life there is fantastic! We also saw quite a few frogs there as well as snakes and insects. Near Grassy Narrows there is an animal hide. We did not see any animals, but we definitely had an excellent view of the wildlife refuge on the west side of the island. Around the island we saw a buck, several fawns, a mouse, and other small animals, as well as various birds. We went kayaking out of the Gull Harbor Marina which was very pleasant and not at all expensive. You can rent other types of boats there is well. We did not see any place you could rent a bicycle, but if you brought your own bicycle, there is a wonderful path that goes through the park. If you are staying at the campground, there is a tennis court close by. And you can walk down to Sunset Beach to watch the sunset. You can wander through historic Hecla Village during the day. Most of the buildings are still being used but some are now closed. The village is very picturesque and presents a number of opportunities for photography. You can swim in Lake Winnipeg which can be chilly depending on where you jump in. There is a pretty good spa with a number of swimming and soaking options at Lakeview Resort. There are a few good hikes behind the resort as well, including one to see very picturesque old and new lighthouses. If you play golf, there is the golf course right next to the resort which is supposed to be quite nice.
There are a number of places to stay, including Gull Harbor Marina and Lighthouse Inn, the Lakeview Hecla Resort, and the campground. There is also the Solmundson Gesta Hus B & B. Both the Lighthouse Inn and the Resort have restaurants which serve decent food. You can pick up groceries at the little grocery store in the village. There are picnic tables throughout the park.
One of the best things about the park are the plentiful clean outhouses that are sprinkled throughout! The island is large enough that you appreciate having access to these facilities after a long hike. Hilariously, even the cemetery has a restroom. We would heartily recommend a long visit. We spent 5 days and still felt we could have stayed longer.
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