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Lake Superior

Lake Superior

Backcountry Camping

1. The Experience:

The backcountry of Lake Superior Provincial Park provides access to numerous hiking and paddling opportunities which vary from easy day trips to multi-day adventures along the dramatic coast of Lake Superior.

Lake Superior Provincial Park is known for its 150 km of maintained canoe routes, 130 km of hiking trails, and approximately 200 backcountry campsites.

Eleven hiking trails let visitors explore the landscapes that make up Lake Superior – rocky shores, beaches, lakes and rivers, forests, wetlands, and rolling hills. Fall hiking is popular when the leaves change, and the hills become alive with colour.

Fishing is a popular activity at Lake Superior. The park boasts a fine Brook Trout fishery, plus opportunities for Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Salmon.

Each backcountry campsite is equipped with a fire ring and box privy. Campsites on some of the more popular backcountry areas, such as Mijinemungshing Lake, come with a picnic table. Several backcountry campsites along the Coastal Hiking Trail are equipped with a food locker.

2. Reservations and Interior Camping Permits

Camping reservations are not available at this park. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Interior camping permits are required for backcountry camping at Lake Superior Provincial Park. Permits can be purchased online up to two weeks in advance of your arrival date.

Permits may also be purchased at the park office, Agawa Bay and Rabbit Blanket campground gatehouses, the Visitor Centre at Agawa Bay, and several cash-only self-serve fee stations along the highway corridor.

3. Trip Planning

A map of Lake Superior Provincial Parks is available for purchase online, at the park office or visitor centre.

Backcountry access points are located at Agawa Bay, Sinclair Cove, Katherine Cove, Coldwater River, Orphan Lake Hiking Trail, and Gargantua Road. Additional access points for paddlers include Old Woman Bay and Michipicoten Bay/Michipicoten River.

For more information about Lake Superior and local outfitters, click here.

There is a ban on cans and glass bottles in the backcountry of Lake Superior.

To prevent the introduction of non-native species, the possession or use of live bait-fish (minnows and crayfish) within Lake Superior is prohibited.

Outboard motors, including electric motors, are not allowed on interior lakes, but are allowed on Lake Superior.

Please be respectful of the natural environment and other visitors. Practice leave-no-trace camping, camp only on designated campsites, and be aware of your surrounding neighbours, ecology, and wildlife. We appreciate your efforts to maintain this pristine environment.

Car Camping

Lake Superior Provincial Park offers camping in two campgrounds with one quarter of all sites providing electrical service. Reservations are available for sites at Agawa Bay and Rabbit Blanket Lake Campgrounds.


Rabbit Blanket Lake Campground is situated on an inland lake with a small beach area. The forest is mixed allowing for some shaded sties and some more open. The campground is close to Hwy 17. There are 60 sites, 20 of which are electrical. There is a comfort station with flush toilets, showers and laundry and a trailer dump and fill station.

Agawa Bay Campground is located right on Lake Superior, on a 3 km beach. More than half of the campsites have a view of Lake Superior. Forest cover is primarily mature pine trees. The campground is adjacent to Hwy 17. There are 147 sites, 38 of which are electrical. Facilities include two comfort stations with flush toilets, showers and laundry and a trailer dump and fill station. There is an outdoor amphitheatre and the Visitor Centre is a short walk from the campground.

Note: Crescent Lake campground is closed.

Radio-Free Camping

The south portion of Agawa Bay Campground is radio-free (all campsites in the 300s).