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Makobe-Grays River

Backcountry Camping

1. Experience:

In the spring, Makobe-Grays River Provincial Park is a wild white-water river that flows north through a series of narrow canyons. Summer paddling consists mainly of flatwater with some moving water and numerous portages. Makobe-Grays River is part of the Temagami region and protects a forest that mixes Great Lakes-St Lawrence and Boreal species of trees, providing habitats for many birds.

Canoeists travelling the Makobe River come for the challenging whitewater. Rapids and drops along the river are technical and require scouting. Water conditions differ depending on the season, so please plan accordingly. Other lakes and rivers within the park allow for a comfortable paddle and portage. Brook Trout are the most abundant species in this river.

There are endless opportunities in the interior for swimming including both shallow and deeper water entries along rocky headlands.

Along the park’s 28 km length, there are 14 marked portages and 16 marked campsites. There are box privies on most campsites.

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 Makobe-Grays River Provincial Park. Permits can be purchased online up to two weeks in advance of your arrival date.

Permits may also be purchased at some local permit issuers. For a complete list of local issuers please contact the park office.

3. Trip Planning

Park maps are available for purchase online.

For more information about Makobe-Grays River and local outfitters, click here.

There is a ban on cans and glass bottles at Makobe-Grays River.

Motorboats are permitted on Alexander Lake only.

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.