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The Massasauga

The Massasauga Provincial Park

Backcountry Camping

1. The Experience:

Rugged shorelines and iconic wind-swept pines make The Massassagua a popular destination for backcountry campers on the eastern shores of Georgian Bay. Located close to the village of MacTier and the town of Parry Sound, The Massasauga offers a secluded connection with nature in spring, summer, and fall.

The park provides direct access to Georgian Bay at the southern access point (bayside) and remote wilderness camping opportunities with as little as one 370 m portage at the northern access point (Three Legged Lake). Portage distances are considered moderate to difficult.

All campsites are accessible by water only. Each has a picnic table, fire pit, and box privy. Approximately 60 campsites on the bayside are equipped with food lockers.

2. Reservations and Interior Camping Permits

Campsite specific reservations are available online or by phone up to five months in advance of your arrival. Reservations are recommended to secure your campsite.

Interior camping permits are required for backcountry camping at The Massassauga Provincial Park. Permits can be obtained at Pete’s Place access point or Oastler Lake Provincial Park.

3. Trip Planning

Maps are available for purchase online, by calling the park office at (705) 378-2401 x 226, or at outfitters local to The Massasauga.

The Massassauga can be accessed from Pete’s Place in the south (Bayside) and Three Legged Lake in the north (interior).

Canoe rentals are available at the park. It is recommended you call to reserve your canoe well in advance of your trip by contacting the park at 705-378-2401.

Motorboats are not permitted on inland lakes.

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.