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The Massasauga

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What you'll like:

  • Backcountry camping on Georgian Bay stretching from Parry Sound to the Moon River
  • Park takes in hundreds of windswept islands, inland forests and lakes
  • Camp by the bay or paddle to inland lake sites
  • Protected sanctuary for the Massasauga Rattlesnake
  • Boat mooring in a quiet cove
  • Visit Calhoun Lodge for a glimpse of 1930s cottage life

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Backcountry Campsites - 135

Camping

The Massasauga is unique. As every campsite is waterfront, the only way to access the park’s 135 campsites is by canoe, kayak or boat. Forty-eight campsites are on inland lakes accessible by portages. All campsites have box privies.  You are in bear country so please take precautions to bear proof your site. Please refer to the park tabloid for more information.

Three-Legged Access Point – Register at Oastler Lake Park Office and Access to Interior through Three-Legged Lake. (Motorized travel is not permitted on the inland lake). 

Pete’s Place Access Point – Register at Pete’s Place Park Office and Access to Bayside.  A boat launch is located at Pete’s Place for access to Georgian Bay. Please remember there is only parking for one vehicle per campsite.


 

Backcountry Camping

The Massasauga is a backcountry only park. The only way to access the park’s 135 campsites is by canoe, kayak or boat. Forty-eight campsites are on inland lakes accessible by portages.

Highlights of Things to Do

Discover Calhoun Lodge a historic, early 19th-century Georgian Bay cottage site. There are three hiking trails available from moderate to difficult. Canoe and explore the waters of Georgian Bay and inland lakes and swim in the magnificent clear blue waters of Georgian Bay. Explore the many hidden treasures among the 30,000 Islands.


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.

Baker Trail 5.5 km, (3 hours), moderate-difficult
This self-guided interpretive trail starts at Calhoun Lodge and leads to the Baker pioneer homestead. Side trails branch to the shore, ideal for picnicking. Don’t forget to wear proper hiking footwear and bug repellent.

Moon Island Trail – This is a 4 km self-guided trail of moderate difficulty that can be accessed from the Wood’s Bay Day-Use site. The trail traverses various terrain and forest types with impressive lookouts onto Georgian Bay. There are excellent opportunities to view waterfowl, a heron rookery and beaver pond. Along the trail you can see signs of wildlife including moose, deer, bear, and grouse.

Wreck Island Trail 1.5 km, (1 hour), moderate (self-guided)
Nine interpretive stops explain the geology along this trail. Those who find the trail too rugged, can opt for a shorter loop of about 800 m.

 
Canoeing

Canoe rentals available on first-come, first-served basis for campers.

 
Swimming

Small, sandy beaches interrupt a rocky shore next to water that is crystal clear and sometimes deep. Islands in the park offer many swimming spots. There are no buoyed areas or change facilities.

 
Boating

The Massasauga is best explored by boat. Sailing, sea kayaking and motorboating are popular, but only experienced boaters with proper navigational charts should rely on motorized travel. Motorized travel is not permitted on inland lakes.

 
Fishing

The Massasauga boasts a first-class fishery of muskie and bass. Pike and panfish are also very common. Please refer to fishing regulations for seasons.

 
Birding

White-tailed deer, moose, black bears and wolves are commonly spotted in the park. Chipmunks, raccoons, birds, hybrid toads and five-linked skinks appear around the campsites. This area is also home to the poisonous, but rarely seen, Massasauga Rattlesnake.

 
Hunting

Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local Ministry of Natural Resources office.

Park Amenities List

Amenities

Car camping is not available at The Massasauga Provincial Park. There are no showers or flush toilets available. The only way to access the park’s 135 campsites is by canoe, kayak or boat. This is a true wilderness camping experience that allows you to get away from it all.

Just the Facts

 
Day Use Area

The Massasauga can be explored by boat daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from any one of four day-use areas, overnight boating bays or Calhoun Lodge. Visitors moored to shore after 7:00 p.m. or occupying a designated campsite require a valid permit.

Pete’s Place Day Use – No parking available – water access only.
Three-Legged Lake Day Use – Limited parking available, day-use permits available at Oastler Lake Park Office.

 
Boat Launch

Pete’s Place only.

 
Rentals

Canoe rentals are available on first-come, first-served basis for campers. Check at the Park Office for more information.

Park Location

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

Yes

Boil for 2 minutes.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.


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