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GENERAL INFORMATION

Lake Name: Mangotasi Lake

Number of Campsites: 4

Number of Permits Issued: 2

Closest Access Point: Kawawaymog Lake (#1)

This Report: Campsite #1

Length of Stay: Day Visit

Date Visited: September 2023

Map of campsites on Mangotasi Lake in Algonquin Park, updated for 2024
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The rocky landing for this campsite wasn’t the most inviting entrance to the site, but it looked like there was sand in the shallow approaching water, so maybe a beach landing would be exposed in lower water levels. Either way, it definitely didn’t seem like the type of place I would want to go swimming. Up inside the main campsite is a large open area with good tree coverage. The fire pit is at the top of the elevated campsite and faces directly onto the water. There’s one circular log for seating directly in front of the fire pit, and a few more circular logs nearby, but a little too far to enjoy the fire from. There’s no shortage of tent spots throughout the campsite; I spotted at least three to four good-sized pads. The front shoreline has a big chunk of open rock, which gives the site character, but the rock isn’t very flat so it wouldn’t be a comfortable hangout spot for a large group of people. It serves more of an aesthetic purpose rather than functional enjoyment for the site. I didn’t get a chance to check out Campsite #3 on Mangotasi Lake, but between this campsite and the others that I visited, this campsite would be my first choice.

CAMPSITE REMINDERS: 
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: reservations.ontarioparks.com

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