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Samuel De Champlain

Samuel De Champlain Provincial Park - main photo of the park

What you'll like:

  • Located on historic Mattawa River fur trade route in the scenic Mattawa Valley
  • Great hiking trails with scenic views – outstanding fall colours
  • Voyageur adventure interpretive experience – try paddling a Voyageur canoe
  • New Mattawa River Visitor Centre (2011) depicting historical, cultural and natural features
  • Excellent opportunities for exploration by canoe
  • Natural Heritage Education programs for all ages

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 211
  • Electrical Campsites - 104
  • Group Campsites - 1

Camping

This park includes car camping, group camping and also backcountry camping at the adjacent Mattawa River Provincial Park. Two separate campgrounds bordering Moore Lake and the Amable du Fond River offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy canoeing, kayaking and fishing in close proximity to campsites.


 

Car Camping

Babawasse Campground is comprised of 74 campsites, all of which have 15 and 30 amp electrical connections. A small comfort station provides flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities and is centrally located. Playground equipment is offered at the small private camper’s beach. The name “Babwasee” finds its roots in the Ojibway language meaning “a lake is seen through the woods”.

Jingwakoki Campground offers 137 campsites, 20 of which have 15 and 30 amp electrical connections. A comfort station located at the campground entrance provides, flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Playground equipment is offered at the shallow, sandy beach located on the northwest shore of Moore Lake. The Ojibway name Jingwakoki aptly describes the campground setting meaning “pine forest or tall pines”

 

Group Camping

The Neiashi group campsite is available to larger, organized groups who prefer to camp in a more remote setting away from the car campground area.  The site can accommodate both trailers and tent, and has a water tap and basic toilet facilities.  The site is located on the Amable du Fond River.

Highlights of Things to Do

Samuel de Champlain is named for the explorer and mapmaker who travelled to Huronia in 1615 via the Mattawa River. The river is rich in cultural history and has been a route of travel and trade for millennia.

Located at the confluence of the Mattawa and Amable du Fond River systems, Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park is an ideal place to spend your family vacation. Hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing and a full-service Natural Heritage Education program ensures that there is never a lack of things to do or places to explore.

Paddlers will enjoy a variety of experiences by exploring Moore Lake and its marsh areas and resident wildlife, viewing the tall majestic cliffs on Long Lake or tackling rapids and whitewater on the Mattawa River.

Hikers can choose from four distinct trails ranging from easy to difficult, including the Etienne Trail System which is composed of four interconnecting loops.

Try one of our Voyageur Adventure Tours, an interpretive experience that allows you to try your hand at paddling a 10m (30’) Voyageur canoe. Tours are offered during the months of July and August.


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.

Etienne System Trails: four loops ranging in length from 2.5 to 9 km; strenuous
Discover scenic views of the Mattawa River while traversing challenging terrain.

Kag Trail: 2.5 km loop; difficult with steep climbs
This trail travels through several ecosystems, including tall majestic Red Pine forests, Gem Lake and oak highlands.

Wabashkiki Trail: 1 km loop; easy
Explore a marsh and its resident wildlife on this trail and boardwalk set on a peninsula in the middle of Moore Lake.

Forestry Research Trail: 1 – 2 km loop; easy
This trails winds its way through active forestry research plots. A trail guide is available at the Visitor Centre.

 
Canoeing

Moore Lake and the upriver section of the Amable du Fond River provide quiet canoeing opportunities to explore and view wildlife.

At Long Lake, you can paddle beside large cliffs while enjoying the serenity of a motor-free environment.

The Mattawa River Provincial Park and Canoe Route extends from Trout Lake, near North Bay and ends in the community of Mattawa, passing through the centre of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. The portion of river from Pimisi Bay to Samuel de Champlain offers the most challenging rapids and also some of the most spectacular scenery including beautiful Parreseux Falls.

 
Swimming

The refreshing, clear waters of Moore Lake provide a relaxing way to spend a warm summer day. Small camper beaches are located in both Jingwakoki and Babawasse Campgrounds. The Bagwa Day-Use area also has a large sandy beach. A free Personal Floatation Device (PFD) loan program is available at the Park Store.

 
Boating

Motorboats are permitted on Moore Lake, however a maximum horsepower rating of 10 HP is in effect.

 
Fishing

A variety of fish species can be found in Moore Lake including Large and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye (Pickerel), Northern Pike and muskellunge.

 
Biking

Cycling is a popular activity on the main park roads.

 
Natural Heritage Education

The park’s natural heritage education staff provides interactive programming suitable for all ages. Guided hikes, children’s programs, spirit nights, musical performances and campfire sing-alongs are just a few of the programs provided during the months of July and August. Visitors can also try their hand at paddling a replica Voyageur canoe.  The Mattawa River Visitor Centre showcases the area’s natural and human history with a variety of exhibits and houses a large birchbark freighter canoe.

 
Birding

A variety of songbirds, such as warblers, and other avian species such as Bald Eagles, hawks and Great Blue Herons are regularly sighted in the park.

Amenities

The park is equipped with many amenities to make your vacation relaxing and comfortable.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Both Jingwakoki and Babawasse Campgrounds offer comfort stations complete with showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities.

 
Flush Toilets

Both the comfort stations and small facilities interspersed throughout the campground contain flush toilets.

 
Barrier Free Access

Barrier-free sites are located in close proximity to each campground comfort station and are available through the Ontario Parks central reservation service.

 
Day Use Area

The Bagwa Day-Use area provides a large sand beach, playground equipment and a large grassed picnic area suitable for special events.

 
Laundry

Coin-operated washers and dryers may be found at both campground comfort stations.

 
Boat Launch

Boat launches in both Jingwakoki and Babawasse Campgrounds provide access Moore Lake.

 
Rentals

Rental canoes and kayaks are conveniently located in each campground on the shores of Moore Lake. Rental arrangements can be made at the Park Store and include Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) paddles and a boat safety kit.

 
Park Store

The Park Store offers souvenir merchandise, books, maps, canoe and kayak rentals, ice, firewood and a small selection of basic camper supplies. The Park Store is open daily during the months of July and August.

 
French Language Services

Bilingual services are available.

 
Visitor Centre

The Mattawa River Visitor Centre showcases the natural and cultural history of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park and the Mattawa River valley. Regular hours and the opportunity to speak with a Park Naturalist are available during the months of July and August.

 
Pet Exercise Area

There is a road that that is not well-travelled that leads from Jingwakoki Campground out to our group camping area and back out along the Amable du Fond River to a gate at Highway 17 that is used as a pet exercise area.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Campground Map - pdf

Trail Maps (pdf)

Trails Overview - 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.

Samuel De Champlain Provincial Park

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