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North Tea Lake, West Arm – Campsite #21

GENERAL INFORMATION

Lake Name: North Tea Lake, West Arm

Number of Campsites: 35

Number of Permits Issued: 28

Closest Access Point: Kawawaymog Lake (#1)

This Report: Campsite #21

Length of Stay: Day Visit

Date Visited: September 2023

Map of campsites on North Tea Lake, West Arm in Algonquin Park, updated for 2024
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This is a nice island campsite on North Tea Lake, but I have a suspicion that it doesn’t get used very often. That’s because there’s another campsite that shares the island, Campsite #22, and that campsite is the nicer option. Many groups wouldn’t want to share an island of this size with another party, unless the lake was fully booked and there were limited other options. And the first to arrive at this island will likely take Campsite #22 instead of this one. But little-brother-syndrome aside, I actually really like this campsite. It has an easily accessible canoe landing made from a mix of rock and dirt ground. It’s spacious enough that you can leave your canoe there all day. Inside of the campsite is an ok fire pit with three long flat benches for seating. The fire pit leaves a bit to be desired, but the seating can’t be any more perfect. The whole surrounding area is flat ground and you’d be able to pitch several tents basically anywhere you’d like. The campsite offers lots of good “short” views onto the water, but no views that show the vastness of North Tea Lake. There’s absolutely nothing inherently wrong with the campsite itself, it’s just the location that brings the downsides. Since the campsite shares the tiny island, you will most definitely hear, and maybe even see your neighbours if Campsite #22 is also occupied. It was reported to me that there is also only one thunder box to share between the two campsites, but I made the mistake of not confirming that myself while visiting the sites. If the lake isn’t too busy and you’re confident that you won’t have neighbours, this campsite offers better shelter than the adjacent Campsite #22 and would be a great choice. But if it’s a busy evening on North Tea Lake, and you choose to stay on this campsite, just be warned that it probably won’t be the most private site.

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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