“Big” Missinaibi Lake is a hidden gem, deep in the heart of the largest wildlife preserve in the world. The Barclay Bay Campground docks and boat launch provide access to a lake that is 40 km long, along with Baltic Bay that is 20 km long. All of this water and shoreline means lots of opportunities for exploration. There are 25 interior campsites scattered along the shores of the big lake – each one makes for an ideal backcountry basecamp for boaters and anglers, kayakers and canoeists. Aboriginal rock paintings, historic fur trade posts, abandoned logging camps and old growth Red Pine at its northern limit are some of the places to visit. A backcountry campsite out on the lake is a perfect place for great fishing, wildlife viewing, paddling and just relaxing.
There are five canoe route options located within the park with over 75 backcountry campsites associated with these routes. These are very remote sites, amenities are rustic (a privy toilet, a fire ring and some tent spotss), therefore, self-reliance and backcountry experience is essential. The Missinaibi River itself is one of the longest and famous of the canoe routes in the Hudson Bay watershed – 500 km of whitewater river, from the Arctic watershed divide down to James Bay.
Barclay Bay boasts large, well-treed campsites in a campground with basic amenities such as water taps, vault privies, trailer dump and fill, animal-proof food storage lockers, a fish cleaning house, an extensive dock system capable of handling larger watercraft and a boat launch. There are no electrical hook-ups or comfort stations at Missinaibi Park as this is a true northern park.
There is one large, private group campsite located right on the water where you can keep canoes, kayaks and boats moored right at your site. Your group will have your own private washroom complete with a sink with running water. This site must be reserved by calling 1-705-864-3137 directly starting September 6, 2016 at 8:30am (EST) on a first come-first served basis. No voicemails permitted.