French River

Backcountry Camping

The French River is 105 km in length, running from headwaters at Lake Nipissing to its mouth at Georgian Bay.
Along this route are numerous campsites where paddlers and boaters will find opportunities for fishing, swimming, photography, or just relaxing. Paddlers can spend hours weaving through the braided rocky channels. Coastal kayaking on Georgian Bay is popular. 

The campsites are marked and there are box privies on some sites.

Some sections of the river and delta are more remote and undeveloped with shoals and shallow sections which can provide paddlers with more of a wilderness experience.

Types of Bookings

  • First-come-first-served - First-come-first-serve sites don’t require any booking. Register upon arrival at the park or purchase your permit online. If campers arrive at a site that is full, they will have to continue their journey to an available site.

Ontario Parks Interior Registration System

Did you know that there is now an alternate way to obtain your Interior permits online, prior to arriving at some parks? The Interior Registration system allows you to obtain your Interior camping permits up to two weeks in advance of your arrival date for the parks with an online permits option in the table below. Please note: this is not a reservation and does not guarantee you a specific site when you arrive.

  • This is an alternate (online) way to obtain your Interior permit and is NOT a reservation.
  • Interior permits can still be obtained in person as in past years. Please contact the park you plan to visit for more details on permitting locations.
  • All Interior registrations are final. No changes or refunds are allowed through the online permitting system.