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Campsite Descriptions

This page gives a short description of the 48 interior campsites of Frontenac Provincial Park. The campsites are clustered in groups of 2, 3, or 4 sites near a lake. Each cluster has at minimum one privy and each campsite is equipped with a tent pad, a firepit, a picnic table and at minimum one "home made" bench. The campsites are open year round. For camping regulations, reservation and cost, see the FAQs. Download the Park Map (pdf format, about 1 MB) to see the location of the campsite-clusters.

Cluster #1

This cluster of four campsites is located on the west shore of North Buck Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy/muddy and the bottom shallow and weedy. It takes about 6 hours to hike from the Park Office or from the Big Salmon parking lot. You can also reach cluster #1 in 1-2 hours from the east via the Rideau Trail. You can canoe directly to the cluster from the Buck Lake boat launch on Perth Road in about 2 hours. Motorboats are allowed on this lake. In season, you can fish for Bass and Pike. View the cluster map and photos of the sites.

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Cluster #2

This cluster of three campsites is located on Doe Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy and the bottom shallow. You can expect to hike about 2 hours to get there from the Park Office or 2.5 hours from the Big Salmon parking lot. You can canoe to the cluster in about 2 hours from the Park Office on South Otter Lake. This route has a 341m portage. Motorboats are not allowed on Doe Lake. In season, you can fish for Bass and Pike. View the cluster map and a photo of 2c.

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Cluster #3

This cluster of four campsites is located on the north shore of Big Salmon Lake. The shoreline at the site is rocky and the bottom deep. It takes about 2.5 hours to hike from the Park Office or 1 hour from the Big Salmon parking lot. You can canoe to the cluster in about 0.5 hours from the launch on Big Salmon Lake. There are no portages. Small electric motors are allowed on Big Salmon Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the cluster map and photos of 3c and 3d.

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Cluster #4

This cluster of four campsites is located about half way on the south shore of Big Salmon Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy and the bottom shallow. Hiking there takes about 3 hours from the Park Office or 2 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot. Canoeing to the cluster takes about 1-1.5 hours from the dock on Big Salmon Lake. There are no portages. Small electric motors are allowed on Big Salmon Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the Cluster map and photos of the sites.

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Cluster #5

This cluster of two campsites is located at the east end of Big Salmon Lake. Since the prevailing winds are from the west be prepared for a windy stay. The shoreline at the site is sandy and the bottom shallow. You can expect to hike 4 hours from the Park Office or 3 hours from the Big Salmon Lake Parking Lot. You can canoe to the cluster in about 1.5-2 hours from the dock on Big Salmon Lake. There are no portages. Small electric motors are allowed on Big Salmon Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the cluster map and photo of 5b.

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Cluster #6

This cluster of four campsites is located at the east end of Little Salmon Lake. The shoreline at the site is rocky/sandy and the bottom shallow. Hiking there takes about 3 hours from the Park Office or 2 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot. You can canoe to the cluster in about 2 hours leaving from the dock on Big Salmon Lake and you will have to deal with a 974m portage. Alternatively you can canoe in from Mitchell Creek in about 3.5 hours or from Kingsford Dam in 4.5 hours. In both cases you will have one 1138m portage. Motors not allowed on Little Salmon Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the cluster map and photos of the campsites.

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Cluster #7

This cluster of four campsites is located on the south shore where Mitchell Creek ends and Birch Lake starts. The shoreline at the site is rocky and the bottom deep. You can expect to hike about 2 to 3 hours to get there from the Park Office or the Big Salmon Lake parking lot or 4.5 hours from Kingsford Dam. You can canoe to the cluster in about 4 hours from the Park Office's Office on South Otter Lake but you will encounter two portages (outside the park). Alternatively, you can canoe in from Mitchell Creek in about 1 hour (no portages) or from Kingsford Dam (at the north end of the park) in 2 to 3 hours. Motors are allowed on Birch Lake and Mitchell Creek. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the cluster map and photos of campsite 7a and 7c.

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Cluster #8

This cluster of four campsites is located on Birch Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy/rocky and the bottom shallow. Hiking in from the Park Office takes roughly 4 to 5 hours, or 3 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot ,or 2 hours from Kingsford Dam. You can canoe to the cluster from the Park Office's Office on South Otter Lake in about 5 hours with 2 portages outside the park. Alternatively, you can canoe in from Mitchell Creek in about 2 hours (no portages) or from Kingsford Dam in 2 hours. Motors are allowed on Birch Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout, Bass and Pike. View the cluster map and a photo of 8b.

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Cluster #9

This cluster of four campsites is located on the east shore of Little Clear Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy/stony and the bottom shallow. You can expect to hike about 4 hours to get there from the Park Office, or 3 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot, or 3.5 hours from Kingsford Dam. You can canoe in from Big Salmon Lake boat launch in about 3 hours, including a 923m portage. Motors are not allowed on Little Clear Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the cluster map and photo of 9b.

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Cluster #10

This cluster of four campsites is located on Hardwood Bay of Devil Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy/stony and the bottom shallow. You can expect to hike about 5 hours to get there from the Park Office or 3 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot or 4 to 5 hours from Kingsford Dam. You can canoe to the cluster in about 5 hours from Big Salmon Lake boat launch going through 3 portages (491m, 190m and 860m). You can also canoe in from Mitchell Creek in 4 to 5 hours (one portage of 761m) or from Kingsford Dam in 3 hours (one 860m portage). If you do not wish to portage you can go in from the Devil Lake boat launch on Perth Road. Be aware that Devil Lake can produce large waves in windy conditions. It will take about 2.5 hours. Motors are allowed on Devil Lake. In season, you can fish for Lake Trout, Bass and Pike. View the cluster map and photos of 10c and d.

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Cluster #11

This cluster of four campsites is located on McNally Bay of Kingsford Lake. The shoreline at the site is sandy/rocky and the bottom shallow. You can expect to hike about 5 to 6 hours to get there from the Park Office or 4 to 5 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot or 0.5 hours from Kingsford Dam. You can canoe to the cluster in about 6 hours from the Park Office (two portages outside the park). You can also canoe in, without portaging, from Mitchell Creek in 2.5 hours or from Kingsford Dam in 1 hour. Another option is to canoe in from the Devil Lake boat launch on Perth Road. This should take you 4 to 5 hours with a 761m portage. Motors are allowed on Kingsford Lake. In season, you can fish for Bass and Pike. View the cluster map.

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Cluster #12

This cluster of four campsites is located on Lynch Lake which has more in common with a large pond than a lake. The shoreline at the site is muddy and silty. You can expect to hike about 4.5 hours to get there from the Park Office or 3.5 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot or 3 to 4 hours from Kingsford Dam. You cannot canoe to the cluster and motors are not allowed on Lynch Lake. The lake does not support any "valuable" fish. The water is murky and campers generally prefer hiking 15 minutes to Tetsmine Lake for swimming and fishing. View the cluster map and photos of the sites.

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Cluster #13

This cluster of three campsites is located on Big Clear Lake. The shoreline at the site is rocky and the bottom deep. You can expect to hike about 5 hours to get there from the Park Office or 4 hours from the Big Salmon Lake parking lot. You can canoe to the cluster in about 3 to 4 hours from the Big Salmon Lake boat launch (two portages, 491m and 190m). You can also canoe in from Mitchell Creek in 5 to 6 hours or from Kingsford Dam in 4 hours. Both include 2 portages, 761m and 880m. Another option is to canoe in from the Devil Lake boat launch on Perth Road. This should take you about 3 hours with one 880m portage. Motors are allowed on Big Clear Lake. In season you can fish for Lake Trout and Bass. View the cluster map and a photo of 13a.

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Revised: March 01, 2016