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Lake Name: Mole Lake

Number of Campsites: 2

Number of Permits Issued: 1

Closest Access Point: Shall Lake (#17)

This Report: Campsite #1

Length of Stay: Guest Submission (Julius Toltesi)

Date Visited: August 2023

Map of campsites on Mole 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 Mole Lake isn’t the worst site, but it’s also not that great. The canoe landing is free of rocks and has a small incline. Your feet can stay dry while loading and unloading gear from/into your canoe. Since the campsite is located down McCarthy Creek, it can get quite buggy. The campsite is on the portage trail to Raja Lake, but it doesn’t seem to be an overly used site. There is a nice fire pit and a tent spot located near by. There is also a small trail leading to another pad for a single tent. The upper level of the campsite has room for two double tents, but it would be a tight fit. The thunder box is close to the tent pad on the upper level. If you’re going down McCarthy Creek to get to this campsite, you will have two small dams to go over, as well as a log jam to go around. We paddled around looking for the other campsite on Mole Lake, but weren’t able to find it. If you have Mole Lake booked, this may be the only operating campsite to stay at.

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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