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Lake Name: Manitou Lake

Number of Campsites: 46

Number of Permits Issued: 42

Closest Access Point: Kiosk Lake (#29)

This Report: Campsite #11

Length of Stay: Guest Submission (Anonymous)

Date Visited: September 2023

Map of campsites on Manitou 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.

This campsite on Manitou Lake is a real gem, with tons of features in a great location. It’s a small, private, cozy island, centrally located between any of Manitou’s five portages. The formal canoe landing, as indicated by the campsite sign, is a sloping rock with a shallow underwater gravel area for slip-free footing on the southeast corner of the island. There’s also a small but beautiful sandy beach on the northwest corner that would make for an alternate canoe landing, or a great spot for swimming (with the fewest mussels of any beach I’ve seen on Manitou Lake). In case that’s not scenic enough, there’s also some rock “steps” that lead to some bigger rocks at the western shore, perfect for watching the sunset. The main part of the campsite is extremely flat with plenty of tent sites, and the primarily southwestern exposure gives great views and sunlight. The fire pit is built around a large rock, but the seating is quite aged and precarious to sit on, which is about the only downside to this island. There’s also a table between two trees, made with a large board that’s very flat and stable. The thunder box is in good condition and is as private as possible for an island of this size. This is a gorgeous island campsite on a lake full of excellent scenery and campsites, so if you’re lucky enough to find it vacant, take it!

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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