1. The Experience:
Missinaibi Provincial Park offers remote camping at its best. Choose from a secluded backcountry site on Missinaibi Lake or a once in a lifetime paddle down the famous Missinaibi River, one of the longest canoe routes in the Hudson Bay watershed flowing all the way to Moosonee on James Bay.
The backcountry campsites on Missinaibi Lake are dispersed along the perimeter of the lake and are accessed by water. Campsites along the Missinaibi River are well distributed along its 500 km length.
Most campsites on Missinaibi Lake and Missinaibi River are equipped with a fire ring, a picnic table, and a box privy.
2. Reservations and Interior Camping Permits
Missinaibi Lake: campsite specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival date. Reservations are recommended to secure your campsite. Interior camping permits are required and can be picked up at the park upon arrival.
Missinaibi River: Camping reservations are not available. All campsites are first-come first-served. Interior camping permits are required and can be purchased online up to two weeks in advance of your arrival date. Interior camping permits may also be obtained at the main campground or from a local issuer. For a complete list of local issuers please contact the park office.
3. Trip Planning
Access to Missinaibi Lake campsites is at the main campground located at the end of an 80 km forest access road north of the town of Chapleau.
The main campground has motorboat packages available for rental by the day or week for use on Missinaibi lake, or paddle equipment for use throughout the park. To reserve equipment please call ahead at 705-864-3137.
There are four different routes from intermediate to advanced difficulty along Missinaibi River. These routes are accessed at four locations: Missinaibi Lake, Peterbell Rail stop, Shumka rail stop, and the town of Mattice on Highway 11.
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.
Barclay Bay boasts large, well-treed campsites in a campground with basic amenities such as water taps, vault privies, trailer dump and fill, animal-proof food storage lockers, a fish cleaning house, an extensive dock system capable of handling larger watercraft and a boat launch. There are no electrical hook-ups or comfort stations at Missinaibi Park as this is a true northern park.
There is one large, private group campsite located right on the water where you can keep canoes, kayaks, and boats moored right at your site. Your group will have your own private washroom complete with a sink with running water. Reservations can be made online or by phone.