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Lake Name: Kingscote Lake

Number of Campsites: 15

Number of Permits Issued: 15

Closest Access Point: Kingscote Lake (#15)

This Report: Campsite #1

Length of Stay: Guest Submission (Anonymous)

Date Visited: October 2023

Map of campsites on Kingscote Lake in Algonquin Park, updated for 2024
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This Campsite Report is a Guest Submission. The description and images are not my own so I cannot personally verify its accuracy. If you notice any errors, please let me know. If you want to submit your own Campsite Report, visit the submission page.

Campsite #1 on Kingscote Lake isn’t anything spectacular. Its main highlights are that it has fairly flat terrain, and it is in close proximity to the access point, though that second one may be a downside for some. The campsite is just around the corner from the walk-in car camping sites and faces southeast towards West Island. The canoe landing is fairly shallow with a rocky shore, but has quite a steep rise up to the campsite. It would be challenging to land a canoe here if you didn’t want to get your feet wet in the underwater muck. Swimming would also be unpleasant here due to the rocks and muck around the landing. The fire pit is very exposed to wind from the lake, with only a few benches for seating. There are several flat, open tent sites that could easily accommodate three medium-sized (3-4 person) tents. The thunder box is not new, but it is still sturdy, and decently separated from the site. Although this site is incredibly easy to paddle to and has room for a large group, there are far nicer sites available further down the lake.

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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