Algonquin & Beyond

Phipps Lake – Campsite #1 - 2017

There are two campsites on Phipps Lake, however Algonquin Park only issues one permit for the lake. This means that if you’re booked for Phipps Lake, you get to choose between this site and Campsite #2. This site has a long rocky shoreline that you can walk throughout for views across the whole lake, from sunrise to sunset. Inside the site, there’s a decently built fire pit with lots of flat seating, and a handful of tent spots scattered throughout the short paths leading away from the fire pit. One of the paths has a huge flat ground area which is ideal to pitch a tent in good weather, however there is little tree coverage over the path so it’s not ideal in rain. I also like to avoid pitching my tent in the middle of pathways due to the possibility of animals strolling through (after an incident where a moose walked straight through a tarp guyline). Overall I think this is a pretty great site that’s easily accessible… plus, having the lake to yourself is always a bonus.

UPDATE: Phipps Lake Campsite #1 Report from September 2021

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Map of Phipps Lake campsites in Algonquin Park
Map of campsites
Phipps Lake campsite #1 close up of shoreline viewed from the water
Rocky shoreline
Phipps Lake campsite #1 interior of campsite
Interior of site
Phipps Lake campsite #1 fire pit and seating, facing east
Fire pit, facing east
Phipps Lake campsite #1 fire pit and seating, facing west
Fire pit, facing west
Phipps Lake campsite #1 large tent spot in the middle of a path
Tent spot
Phipps Lake campsite #1 tent spot option
Tent spot
Phipps Lake campsite #1 canoe landing area
Canoe landing
Phipps Lake campsite #1 view of campsite from the water
View from water

* Images and information taken September 2017

* Algonquin Map courtesy of Jeff’s Maps

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