Across the Hwy 60 corridor there are 8 campgrounds for families and 1 campground for groups to camp at during your stay at Algonquin Park. These campgrounds offer both reservable and non-reservable campsites. Below you will find a basic description/review of each.
Tea Lake – This is the first campground that you come to from the West Gate at km 11.4. It has 42 campsites and a nice sandy beach. The nice thing about Tea Lake is that you have easy access to Smoke Lake by canoeing down the river to the right of the beach. However, there are a few drawbacks. There are no flush toilets, no hydro sites, no showers, no laundry, and poor to average site seclusion. There are RV size sites however be prepared to being able to tell what your neighbours are eating for dinner. The noise factor from the highway is there as well. If you are looking for a quick site and don’t care where you sleep then this is possibly a good choice for you. Motor boats are allowed on this lake and Smoke Lake if you are interested in fishing.
Canisbay Lake – This is the next campground that you come across from the West Gate at km 23.1. With 242 campsites and a great beach where you can walk in the water quite far out, there is something for everyone. Canisbay offers wheelchair accessible showers and bathrooms, hydro section, a radio/dog free section, paddle in campsites, and access to the Minesing Bike Trail. Most of the sites have great privacy and some are even walk in only meaning you park your car and walk into your site. This is one of my favorite campgrounds. It’s a family friendly campground with lots of places for kids to hike or bike. The only drawback to this campground is that it can get very busy and full so you need to reserve a site because often the non-reservable sites are full quickly. My favorite sites are 151, 176/178, and 168 (non-reservable).
Mew Lake – This is the only year-round campground along the Hwy 60 corridor located at km 30.8. In the winter sites 1-66 are available to camp in and come with hydro. The rest of the year Mew Lake has 131 campsites. Mew Lake offers flush toilets, showers, hydro sites, laundry facilities, and access to two hiking trails (Track & Tower and Highland Backpacking Trail). It also has access to the Old Railway Bike Trail which goes from Mew Lake to Rock Lake following the old railroad bed. There is a dog-free and radio free section as well as an old abandoned airfield where you can pick blueberries in the summer. The downside to Mew Lake is that the lake and some campsites run adjacent to the hwy. This makes it less private. There is a wood lot on site and it is a nice walk/bike ride to the Two Rivers Store. The sites are fairly close together and can be open in sections. Mew Lake does have Yurt’s available to rent year round however they tend to get booked up quickly. The other bonus of Mew Lake is the fact that in August you can pick blueberries to your hearts content or just go on a quick hike in the abandoned airfield behind the campground.
Lake of Two Rivers – Located at km 31.8 on Hwy 60, Lake of Two Rivers is the 2nd largest campground after Canisbay with 241 campsites. What draws a lot of families/campers to Two Rivers is the proximity of the Two Rivers Store. Known as party city for the longest time, Two Rivers has very poor privacy between campsites making it the ideal spot for groups of families to camp close together. Two Rivers offers flush toilets, showers, sandy beach, hydro sites, and small motors on the lake. Two Rivers can be quite a noisy campground as some of the sites are located right next to the hwy. With paddling access to the Madawaska River you can access a variety of lakes including Pog, Whitefish, and Rock Lakes.
Kearney Lake – Kearney Lake is located at km 36.5 almost directly across from Pog Lake Campground, which is useful since you need to check in at the Pog Lake office before going to your site. Kearney has 104 campsites on a small lake with flush toilets, showers and some RV sites. The sites tend to be on the small side however you can find some that are big enough for a trailer. There are some waterfront sites as well. Kearney has access to the Old Railway Bike Trail but you need to cross the highway to get there.
Pog Lake – Located at km 36.9, this is my other favorite campground. Pog Lake offers 3 sections of camping including 2 sections with hydro. The popular section (and the one that you need to book early) is section C. This section is located along the Madawaska River and offers many waterfront sites. There are two beaches, flush toilets, showers, access to the Old Railway Bike Trail, and river access to Two Rivers and Whitefish Lakes. Paddling along the Madawaska or even camping along it offers campers the chance to see wildlife like beavers and loons. I personally like Pog Lake because it offers me so great day trip options in my canoe. I dislike the A section however because of the proximity to the Hwy.
Whitefish Lake – This is a group campground for qualified groups. In order to use this campground you need to be either a Youth Group (ages 5 to 17 who are residents of Canada with adult supervisors) or a Special Group (patients in a hospital or institution, or residents in training centers, schools, or correctional centers).
Coon Lake – Located at km 40.3 and with only 48 sites Coon Lake is a fairly small and self reliant campground. It does not have any flush toilets or showers. As well you need to go to Rock Lake to check in before getting your site. It is however connected to the Centennial Ridges Trail and has decent site privacy.
Rock Lake – Also located at km 40.3 (shared road with Coon Lake) Rock Lake is well known for Booths Rock Trail. Rock Lake has a long beach, showers, flush toilets, and hydro sites. However, what it offers in amenities it lacks in privacy. The sites in Rock Lake are fairly open and close together. Many of the sites are open to the main road to the Booth’s Rock Trail. The nice thing about Rock Lake is that it offers campers paddle in campsites and access to a loop canoe route (Rock to Pen to Galeairy to Rock). There are some nice island sites that you can paddle into. As well you can go on day trips to Pog and Lake of Two Rivers via the Madawaska River. If you do go canoeing out in the lake it can be a very windy lake and it’s easy to become wind bound if you are not an experienced paddler.
There are other campgrounds not located on the Hwy 60 Corridor. They are located around the perimeter of the park. They are: