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Lake Name: Big Porcupine Lake

Number of Campsites: 16

Number of Permits Issued: 13

Closest Access Point: Smoke Lake (#6)

This Report: Campsite #7

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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If you’re approaching this campsite from the east, you’ll first come across the sandy beach landing before seeing the shoreline for the rest of the campsite. The landing is tucked between some sloping rocks and has lots of tall grass in the way, so the paddle into the landing isn’t great. But the landing itself was surprisingly better than most others on Big Porcupine Lake. There’s a short, small incline to the main site. The site is well-sheltered with trees surrounding the perimeter of the shoreline. The fire pit is decent and has two benches of flat seating beside it. No complaints there. I visited this campsite very late in the evening, after the sun had already crossed the shoreline, so my visibility was somewhat limited. I did see two medium-sized tent spots and there may have been more that I missed. I wasn’t a big fan of the site in general since it felt small, dark, and enclosed. I don’t believe it would get much sunlight throughout the day, and it didn’t have a nice shoreline to enjoy the sun or the stars. There was nothing about the campsite that would compel me to stay there, personally, when there are better sites to choose from on Big Porcupine Lake. But if I arrived late in the day and this campsite was all that was available, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Although, the situation of arriving late and getting last choice of campsites… if that ever happened to me, it probably would mean the world was ending (I like to arrive early). There was also one spotty bar of cell service at the canoe landing of this campsite, if you care about that.

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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