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Murphys Point

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What you'll like:

  • Located on Big Rideau Lake, part of the historic Rideau Waterway
  • Silver Queen Mine, an early 1900s mica mine
  • Tours of the mine and other regular interpretive programs from end of June to Labour Day and fall weekends
  • Hiking trails groomed in the winter for skiing
  • Car and RV camping, group camping, backcountry camping (boat-in sites on the Rideau)
  • Great mix of wildlife habitat: forest, wetland, old fields and three lakes

Learn to Camp Program Available

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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 177
  • Electrical Campsites - 27
  • Backcountry Campsites - 14
  • Group Campsites - 3
  • Camp Cabin - 1
  • Soft Sided Shelter - 2

Camping

Car camping is offered in two campgrounds: Fallows and Hogg Bay. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment.

For more adventure, campers can take a canoe, kayak or motorboat to one of four clusters of boat-in campsites on Big Rideau Lake.

Group campsites are available for groups over 12 people.


 

Car Camping

Campers with larger trailers will find the pull-through sites, including many with electrical hook-up, in Hogg Bay Campground convenient. Hogg Bay also has a loop (Ash Hill) which is for tent camping. Fallows Campground is well-suited to tents and small trailers.

Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by. A fully-stocked Park Store, the Visitor Centre, beaches, trails, amphitheatre and boat launch are only a short distance away.

 

Group Camping

Murphys Point has three group campsites.  The sites vary in size and can accommodate from 12 to 50 people each.  A water tap and vault toilets are close by. Group campers have access to Round Lake for swimming. Round Lake does not have a sandy beach area.

To reserve call the park directly at 613-267-5060.

 

Backcountry Camping

Fourteen campsites are located on Big Rideau Lake and can be accessed by canoe or boat. A total of four clusters (three clusters of four and one cluster of two campsites) are located a 5 to 45 minutes paddle from the boat launch. The three larger clusters (Noble, Narrows, Feldspar) have docking facilities to accommodate motorboats. Motorboats are not permitted at the Rideau cluster of two campsites.

At each campsite, you will find a picnic table, tent space and a pit toilet nearby.
Campsites can be reserved during the peak summer season and are available on a first- come,first-served basis in the spring and after Labour Day.

Camp Cabins

Number of Camp Cabins at Park: 1
Site Number(s): 47

Murphys Point has one camp cabin. The camp cabin is a rustic one room cabin with a rustic wood interior.

Sleeps:
Maximum 5 people

Amenities

The cabin sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed. High quality mattresses will provide a comfy night’s sleep. The cabin features a kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker and counter space. There is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas barbeque and picnic table. A propane/electric fireplace provides additional comfort.

The camp cabin is within a short walk of a comfort station and water tap.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Visiting in Winter
Restrictions

Please note that pets are not permitted in the camp cabin and smoking is prohibited.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK. When reserving online select “Roofed Accommodation” as your reservation type.

Soft Sided Shelters

Number of Soft Sided Shelters at Park: 2
Site Number(s): 48, 49

Deluxe Tent

Murphys Point is piloting a deluxe tent. Sitting on a wooden platform, the tent features rustic log furniture and two queen beds (sleeps 4) outfitted with comfort mattresses.

Deluxe Yurt

Murphys Point is piloting a deluxe yurt. This yurt is similar to ones you will see elsewhere at Ontario Parks but with a little more elbow room and a few more conveniences.

Sleeps:
Maximum 5 people

Amenities

​Deluxe Tent

A kitchenette includes a mini fridge, coffee maker and counter space. Outside you’ll find a gas barbeque for cooking.

The deluxe tent is within a short walk of a comfort station and water tap.

Deluxe Yurt

The deluxe yurt sleeps five on a queen bed and double/single bunk bed. A kitchenette with microwave, bar fridge and coffee maker make for easy meal prep. A propane barbeque and picnic table are located outside.

The deluxe yurt is within a short walk of a comfort station and water tap.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, food, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other personal items.

Visiting in Winter
Restrictions

Please note that pets are not permitted in the tent and smoking is prohibited.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre. When reserving online select “Roofed Accommodation” as your reservation type.

Highlights of Things to Do

History meets nature at Murphys Point. The rugged Canadian Shield landscape of mature forest, deep lakes, shallow wetlands and abandoned farm fields provides excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing. The park’s heritage also features a restored, early 1900s mica mine, two restored pioneer homesteads, remnants of a sawmill and other mine sites.

This combination of natural and cultural heritage is showcased in the park’s summer programs. With the exception of some special events, all programs are free to campers and day-users.

Sign up for a tour of the Silver Queen Mine, stop by the amphitheatre for an evening nature show or drop by one of the park’s interactive kids programs. Check on line or call the park for a schedule of special events, including theatrical tours of the Silver Queen Mine site.

Explore the park on your own on the park’s network of hiking or groomed cross-country ski trails.


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Point Trail – 5.5 km loop, moderate 
Hike to the tip of the peninsula with stops at the sandy beach and good views of Big Rideau Lake along the way.

Sylvan Trail – 2.5 km loop, moderate
This trail showcases the geology and ecology of the Frontenac Arch, the southernmost extension of the Canadian Shield. A self-guided trail booklet is available at the trailhead or Park Store for $1.

Lally Homestead Trail – 800 m loop, easy
Drive to the Lally Homestead (3 km from the campground) for this short loop through abandoned farm fields (now excellent for wildflower and bird viewing) and sugar maple forest to a lookout over Black Creek Marsh.

Silver Queen Mine Trail – 2 km partial loop, easy, Beaver Pond Trail – 1 km, easy
From the Lally Homestead, the Silver Queen Mine Trail leads to the restored, early 1900s partially open pit mica mine, heritage displays and the rebuilt miner’s bunkhouse. A self-guided trail booklet is available at the trailhead or Park Store for $1. Access into the mine and the bunkhouse is available during mine tours only. Refer to http://friendsofmurphyspoint.ca/events/ for event schedules. The Beaver Pond Trail provides an alternate route back to the Lally Homestead parking lot and skirts the edge of a flooded wetland.

McParlan House, Loon Lake Loop Trail, Trail to Lally Homestead, Rideau Trail – 1.8 km easy
From the Hogg Bay Campground, a 1.8 km linear trail leads to the restored McParlan House, site of an early 1800s sawmill, farm and later cottage. It is now a registered archaeological site and home to the Friends of Murphys Point Park’s award-winning Archaeo Apprentice program (http://friendsofmurphyspoint.ca/archaeology/). Bicycles are allowed on the McParlan House Trail.

Part of the McParlan House Trail is also part of the Loon Lake Loop, a 1 km trail with access to two different lakes. Further along, the McParlan House Trail becomes part of the Rideau Trail, a 300 km hiking trail from Kingston to Ottawa (6 km inside the park), which also provides a link to the Lally Homestead (2.8 km, easy, from campground to homestead).

Winter Trails
Two parking lots are maintained for winter day-use. The Tay Valley Cross-country Ski Club grooms and track sets 20 km of trail for skiing, including 4 km for skate-skiing, 14 km for classic skiing and 8 km for backcountry skiing. Two warm-up chalets are maintained. Suggested snowshoe routes are along non-groomed hiking trails.

 
Swimming

The Main Beach is on Hogg Bay with a second beach in the Day-Use area on Noble Bay. Both of these beaches are marked with buoys and have gradual drop-offs. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted, even on the grassy area immediately adjacent to the sand.

Hogg Bay beach has picnic tables and canoe rentals.

 
Fishing

Big Rideau Lake is a popular fishing lake for Lake Trout, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass and Northern Pike. Paddle into Hogg Bay or Loon Lake (no motorboats permitted) for good bass and pike fishing.

 
Biking

Bicycles are permitted on the McParlan House Trail and the gravel roadbed portion of the Silver Queen Mine Trail. Cycling is also encouraged on campground roads.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer and on some fall weekends park staff offer a variety of fun, interactive educational programs. Sign up for a guided tour of the Silver Queen Mine (hardhats supplied). Walk to the amphitheatre for an evening nature show, check out a kid’s program or stop by the Visitor Centre. For a weekly list of programs or a summer schedule of special events, visit the Friends of Murphys Point website.

 
Birding

The park’s mix of habitats includes mature forests, wetlands and open fields. Hike the Silver Queen Mine Trail for Golden-winged, Yellow and Chestnut-sided Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and more. The Beaver Pond Trail and the Lally Homestead Loop provide opportunities for waterfowl viewing. Watch for Cerulean Warblers, Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls and Goshawks in the campground forests, the McParlan House, Sylvan and Point Trails.

 
Winter Activities

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Two parking lots are maintained for winter day-use. The Tay Valley Cross-Country Ski Club grooms and track sets 20 km of trail for skiing, including 4 km for skate-skiing, 14 km for classic skiing and 8 km for backcountry skiing. Two warm-up chalets are maintained. Suggested snowshoe routes are along non-groomed hiking trails. The ski club hosts an annual loppet. Visit http://tayvalleyskiclub.wordpress.com/ for more information.

Amenities

Modern camping facilities are available in Hogg Bay and Fallows Campgrounds with comfort stations, showers, flush toilets, laundry facilities, water taps and garbage and recycling facilities. If you prefer more rustic facilities, then journey to one of the boat-in campsites with pit toilets.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the Park Store. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are available with a $25 refundable deposit. Fishing tackle is also available for lending, free of charge, as part of the Tackleshare program. The Park Store also stocks camping supplies, ice cream, souvenirs and some basic groceries.

Pets are not allowed near beach areas. They are permitted to swim at the boat launch and administration dock areas (near the Park Store).

Other amenities include a boat launch and Visitor Centre.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations (complete with showers and flush toilets) are located in Fallows Campground and adjacent to Hogg Bay Campground.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found in the comfort stations.

 
Barrier Free Access

Barrier-free access is available at all comfort stations. Campsite #154 is a barrier-free campsite, located adjacent to the Fallows comfort station.

 
Day Use Area

Picnic tables are located at the main beach on Hogg Bay. Picnic tables are also located at the Lally Homestead, McParlan House, hike-in beach along the Point Trail and the Silver Queen Mine site.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are found in the comfort station adjacent to the Hogg Bay Campground.

 
Boat Launch

The boat launch provides access to Big Rideau Lake beside the entrance into Hogg Bay.

 
Rentals

Canoes and kayaks can be rented from the Park Store and picked up at one of three locations: Park Store (Loon Lake), administration dock (Noble Bay), main beach (Hogg Bay). Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are also available with a $25 refundable deposit. Fishing tackle is available for lending, free of charge, from the Park Store as part of the Tackleshare program.

 
Park Store

A fully-stocked Park Store is within walking distance of the campground. There you will find ice cream, canoe/kayak rentals, firewood, ice, souvenirs, clothing, some groceries, snacks and more. The store may have limited hours during the non-peak summer season, at which time firewood and ice are available on a self-serve system. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation.

 
Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre is located next to the Park Store. Hours of operation are 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., most days from July 1 to Labour Day. The Visitor Centre may be open on some fall weekends. A live Gray (Black) Ratsnake is on display, along with other displays about the park’s natural and cultural features.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Trail Maps (pdf)

Winter Trails - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.

Murphys Point Provincial Park

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