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Old 03-11-2018, 12:36 PM   #1
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We want to book Algonquin park for the sept 22 weekend, anyone have any thoughts on the best area ? Is there power or water ?? we've never been there before. We have a rockwood mini lite 25'
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:27 PM   #2
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Most Ontario Provincial Parks do not have water lines run to the camp sites. I've been in 5 since summer, and none of them had it. There is also no selection on the reservation site for water hookup, just power. The powered sites are 30 amp, with a 15amp plug as well. I have not seen a 50 amp plug either.

Every Provincial Park I've been to has a fresh water fill in the park, generally near the entrance...usually close to the dumping station. We fill up enough water to make through our trip, and always bring bottled water to drink. The water is supposed to be drinkable, but we just feel a little more comfortable using it for washing dishes, showering, etc, but not for cooking or drinking.

I'm not sure if every campground in Algonquin has dumping stations/water fill stations, but there is at least one on Hwy 60. I haven't explored enough of Algonquin to have more info.

The only campground I've stayed in so far is Mew Lake, as it is open all year round. The sites with power are all large, and I haven't had any issues parking my trailer there. (29' total length).

I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but hopefully this gives you a bit of a start.
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Old 03-11-2018, 10:13 PM   #3
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Hello,

We just booked 50 amp this morning at Arrowhead. I know of several sites that are 50 amp in other parks, just a few!

We carry 250 ft of water hose and many types of water cheat devices, i can connect to any facet. We have 60 gallons of fresh water so we can go for 4 days with showers for 2 adults.

We are 40 ft and many sites in Algonquin are just too tight to get into. Our plans are to visit possible parks in August to scope out large enough sites.

A Minilite should not have any issues in most parks. We have 45 days booked in our fine Provincial Park system already this year and plan to open Rondeau on April 6th and Inverhuron May 11th.

Provincial Parks we have been in Ferris, Bon Echo, Awenda (not with 40 ft), Grundy Lake, Rondeau, Pinery, Inverhuron.
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I would strongly suggest you take some time to research the campgrounds in the park. Are you looking for a site with privacy? Lake of two rivers campground, for eg is pretty wide open. Other campgrounds have some secluded or more private type sites. I have stayed at Two Rivers, Mew, Cannisbay, and Pog Lake Campground.
Is water fill and sewage dump a necessity for you ? There is pretty much only one location to fill and dump along Hwy 60 and it is at a different location than all the campgrounds. (And yes it gets very busy on long weekends)
Depending on your travel route you may have to drive past your campsite destination 20 mins or so to fill with water. Same goes when leaving to dump your sewage. Let me know if I can help anymore.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:33 AM   #5
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Here is the website

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Just a little more to clarify my post. There is no water fill or sewage dump at the most popular camgrounds in algonquin park. You must drive to a different remote location for this service. The only exception is Rock Lake campground which does have water fill and sewage dump.
Dont let this discourage you tho. Algonquin Park is a beautiful must visit park.
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Generally, I've found the east side of the park less busy. We love Rock Lake campground , been there countless times. It's on the east side and is 5 km off of hwy. 60. There is a hydro section (Section A). Not a lot of private sites....but a quiet campground.

You can access the abandoned railroad bed for hiking or biking. Pog Lake is another favourite with lots of private sites.

Cannisby Bay on the west side of the park is good and is close to Canoe and Smoke lake both good canoeing lakes and hiking trails. Lots of good private sites.

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We always end our camping year wth a visit to Algonquin. Lake of Two Rivers is where we stay with friends...they like walking to the store for an ice cream after supper. Mew Lake is quite popular with 5ers. Rock Lake is the only one with its own water fill and dump station. Like most Ontario provincial parks you can only get electricity at your site. So much to see and do in Algonquin. Winter camping is also available at Mew Lake. You'll love it.
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We always end our camping year wth a visit to Algonquin. Lake of Two Rivers is where we stay with friends...they like walking to the store for an ice cream after supper. Mew Lake is quite popular with 5ers. Rock Lake is the only one with its own water fill and dump station. Like most Ontario provincial parks you can only get electricity at your site. So much to see and do in Algonquin. Winter camping is also available at Mew Lake. You'll love it.
I'm booked this weekend in Mew Lake for some camping. Hope the weather holds, or it may be a long, slow drive up in a snow storm.
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Thanks for all the replies ! Just booked our first weekend at Grundy lake !! June 16
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Hope you had a good weekend. Check out the fb page for Algonquin.
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Generally, I've found the east side of the park less busy. We love Rock Lake campground , been there countless times. It's on the east side and is 5 km off of hwy. 60. There is a hydro section (Section A). Not a lot of private sites....but a quiet campground.

You can access the abandoned railroad bed for hiking or biking. Pog Lake is another favourite with lots of private sites.

Cannisby Bay on the west side of the park is good and is close to Canoe and Smoke lake both good canoeing lakes and hiking trails. Lots of good private sites.

my two cents.
Dave, is the road into Rock Lake campground paved? I would be great having the dump station right in the campground rather than 5 miles down Hwy. 60 like it is with Mew Lake and Two Rivers.
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Hope you had a good weekend. Check out the fb page for Algonquin.
We didn't make it out after all. The wife wasn't feeling well, and she's would kill me if I went without her.

Hoping to make it out in a couple of weeks.
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Dave, is the road into Rock Lake campground paved? I would be great having the dump station right in the campground rather than 5 miles down Hwy. 60 like it is with Mew Lake and Two Rivers.
No, it's still gravel. It is nice having a dump station right there at the campground.
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No, it's still gravel. It is nice having a dump station right there at the campground.
I was able to find a video on YouTube. It looks like itís well packed so no dust clouds?
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I was able to find a video on YouTube. It looks like itís well packed so no dust clouds?
Yes, it's well packed and not too dusty. It has a couple of "washboard" sections, but otherwise fine.
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Are Canadian Provincial Parks catching up on FH sites? Do they need to?
We have camped in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory and found them all to be clean, beautiful and friendly. We are headed to the Maritimes this fall with the FROG group.
I understand the problem with weather and water at all sites, but hydro (as you all call electric) and dump sites should be easy to accomplish at most parks in my opinion. There now are a lot more RVíers than in the past and baby boomers are used to all the conveniences. Either way wonít keep us from coming.
Can you Canadians shed some light on the subject?
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I think he means Full Hookup. I've seen some of the Michigan State Parks are starting to put them in. But then again, those state park campgrounds where they're at all look like big open fields and not the 'nestled in the woods' type of camping I'm looking for with a Provincial/State park.
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I doubt there are any plans for FHU sites in Ontario’s provincial parks. They are intended to be as natural as possible for the most part. If we want FHUs we stay at a KOA near the provincial park and get day passes into the park.
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