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7/13/2020 7:11 am  #1


Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Hi everyone, 
I am new to this forum and wanted some advice. We are wanting to plan a trip with our 2 kids this summer - ages 3 and 6. My husband and I used to to backcountry camping in Algonquin every year before kids but we haven't taken them yet. We want only a 2-3 night trip with little, if any, portaging and a fairly short canoe ride (1.5 hour max I think) so sticking to right near the access points is key I think. 

Any campsites that are extra great for kids (e.g., beach, big cleared out area), or ones that we should stay away from? (e.g., cliff, very deep water, bug-filled swamp nearby). 

We live in Kitchener so we are thinking around access points 3, 4,  or 5/6 (hwy 60). Thanks so much! 

Also, any tips for backcountry camping with young kids that I maybe wouldn't have thought of? 

Jackie 

 

 

7/13/2020 7:33 am  #2


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Hi Jackie - welcome

I'd start by looking at the PCI reports on the main algonquinadventures.com site to get a good idea of the nearby lakes from those access points, and see which best suits what you're looking for. You can check out the campsite reports from my website as well, but most of the reports I have are from a little bit further into the backcountry.

Keeping things at 1.5hr max I'd probably recommend Little Eagle (if available), Hambone, Ralph Bice, Rain, Ragged / Parkside Bay, or you could also consider driving a little bit further to Access #9 and going to Pen Lake.

Last edited by trippythings (7/13/2020 7:34 am)


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7/13/2020 12:39 pm  #3


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Hi Jackie,
My favourite kid friendly site is on Ralph Bice Lake. It has plenty of shallow sandy bottom for your kids to splash in. On Jeff's map it's the site directly above the "P" in Ralph. Depending on when you plan on going it may be hard to find it open.
Good Luck

 

7/13/2020 2:44 pm  #4


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Ralph Bice is a good one for you.  The portages to get there will present absolutely no problem for you, and there are lots of pretty open sites.  The chief difficulty there is just how far you might have to paddle for a site, and if the wind gets nasty, then you may find it tough to paddle around with the kids. 

Another to consider is Rain Lake (Access 4).  I've only been on a handful of those campsites, but it sees a lot of through-traffic with people moving toward all points east.  If you got lucky and had the main island site that would be kid friendly I think, but some of the sites on the southern side of the lake back right up to one of the hiking trails, so that's a built in activity.  A short portage to Sawyer lake might make a fun activity just to explore, and the portage to Hot Lake crosses the aforementioned trail.  That portage starts out steep, but just day-tripping for exploration it wouldn't be bad.and after that climb it is pancake flat to Hot.  Hot is a small lake, pretty, no campsites a good lake to paddle around a little bit, and hey drop a line fishing.  My memory is that Rain Lake permits motors, but limited horsepower.  I don't remember having a problem of any kind. 

The portage to Casey....my memory is that the entrance there has water that you could wade around in with the kids.  I can't promise I'm right, but I think I am.  That just now occurred to me.....There is a rumor that I might have forced my daughter off the bank and into the water when she was helping me maneuver a canoe off the portage while she was saying "wait, Wait WAIT!", but I didn't, and if that actually happened, who can know(?), she went about knee deep in the water and then complained that her only dry pair of shoes wasn't dry anymore and her face got so sad but who can remember if that even happened there's no way to know.  Anyway, I have reason to believe that little bank on that portage might be good wading area for the kiddos.  

 

7/13/2020 10:38 pm  #5


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Ever thought about a cabin?? Kitty lake cabin is on access point Lake. Has a beach and a great property for kids to explore.  The security of a cabin  if bad weather and means hauling less gear. Having less to set up and a few comforts of home for a first trip. Just a thought.

Last edited by Shayne74 (7/13/2020 10:38 pm)

 

7/14/2020 6:39 am  #6


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Several discussions on this site have made reference to the high percentage of sites being reserved already.  I assume that the first ones to go are those that are accessed easier (like the O,P. describes 'little portaging and short canoe ride') and I expect the cabins are probably booked pretty solid.  Always worth a look, but the availability might be the biggest hurdle in this case.

 

7/16/2020 10:31 am  #7


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

kokko61 wrote:

Hi Jackie,
My favourite kid friendly site is on Ralph Bice Lake. It has plenty of shallow sandy bottom for your kids to splash in. On Jeff's map it's the site directly above the "P" in Ralph. Depending on when you plan on going it may be hard to find it open.
Good Luck

Thanks for your reply!
Is this the island one? 
 

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7/17/2020 3:56 pm  #8


Re: Good sites for young kids near access points 3, 4, or hwy 60

Hi Jackie, the site is not on the island. This photo should helphttps://i.ibb.co/kyGbN1F/Annotation-2020-07-17-164250.png

 

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