Algonquin & Beyond


Lake Name: Big Porcupine Lake

Number of Campsites: 16

Number of Permits Issued: 13

Closest Access Point: Smoke Lake (#6)

This Report: Campsite #6

Length of Stay: Day Visit

Date Visited: September 2023

Map of campsites on Big Porcupine Lake in Algonquin Park, updated for 2024
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Campsite #6 on Big Porcupine Lake is like the little brother compared to Campsite #5. It also has a rocky shoreline, but it’s not as large as the rocky shoreline at Campsite #5. The shoreline resembles an oversized staircase with different levels of rock, rather than a smooth surface like the shoreline of Campsite #5. But on the plus side, this campsite does offer more shelter with the fire pit tucked away inside, underneath some tree coverage. The fire pit has a great seating setup too. There was only one tent spot that I noticed, but it was a pretty perfect spot. I’m sure you could pitch additional tents if needed, but other than the one obviously large area, the ground isn’t very flat throughout the campsite. This campsite isn’t as picturesque as its neighbouring Campsite #5, and it’s a little bit smaller in size, but it does offer better shelter and protection from the elements. If the lake was empty and I had the choice between Campsite #5 and Campsite #6, my decision would depend totally on the weather. It’s worth noting that Campsite #5 is in extremely close proximity, and the portage into Bonnechere Lake is directly beside Campsite #5 as well, so this campsite is definitely not a private option.

1) Follow Leave No Trace (LNT); leave the campsite in better condition than you found it!
2) The campsite numbering system (for backcountry canoeing) is not official from Ontario Parks. It is a community-based effort for easy referencing.
3) Reservations for backcountry canoeing are lake-specific, not campsite-specific. You do not reserve a specific campsite. Campsites are first-come-first-serve.
4) Only camp on lakes where you have a valid permit; do not camp off-permit.
5) Physical campsite features can change throughout the season (eg. water levels, leaf fall) and due to human intervention (eg. fire pit, seating).
6) To book a reservation, visit the Ontario Parks website:

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