Algonquin & Beyond

Panther Lake – Campsite #1

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.

Note about Panther Lake: Some maps show two campsites on Panther Lake (eg. the official park map), and other maps show one campsite on Panther Lake (eg. Jeff’s Map). There is a note on Jeff’s Map saying “Despite the fact that there’s only one campsite on Panther L, two permits are available. This means you could get a permit to camp on Panther L, only to find the only campsite occupied.” There is in fact two campsites, however Campsite #2 is in very rough condition and missing an official campsite marker, so the campsite has likely been decommissioned. 

The official campsite on Panther Lake isn’t a great site, but it is interesting. It’s very exposed, and it seems like either a campfire got out of control or there was a small fire from lightning at some point. A few of the trees are dead and partially burnt, though still in the ground. The campsite was in rough shape when I arrived. There’s a fire pit which had most of the rocks taken out, seemingly used to tie a tent down. I did my best to put the fire pit back together. Speaking of the fire pit, there are no benches. There’s some old lawn chairs and a tarp; I left with the other garbage but unfortunately did not have room to take the big stuff. Perhaps someone else can get to it. The site still has character though. It’s a beautiful lake with a great view. You’re up fairly high at the campsite, and the lack of trees means you can relax and look around. Though this does make it harder to set up a hammock. There is only one good place to pitch a tent; two if you’re willing to have an uncomfortable sleep. Once you’ve warmed up to the campsite, and if it isn’t raining, it’s a cute spot.

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* Images and information submitted by Mike

* Images and information taken July 2022

* Algonquin Map courtesy of Jeff’s Maps

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