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Choosing an Access Point


The most developed access points have the highest quality roads leading to them, the most amenities, and outfitters where you can rent any equipment that you'll need – but they're also the busiest. Specifically, Highly Developed access points have an outfitter at the access point as well as showers and a paved road leading to them (with the exception of access point 22, Achray). Developed access points are well used but often have gravel roads leading to them and no showers. Less Developed access points are used quite infrequently, often have gravel roads leading to them and never have showers. They offer little more than a place to park your car.


  Ka-Wa-Way-Mog Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Voyageur, Northern Wilderness (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Tim River

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Canoe Algonquin (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Mag-Ne-Ta-Wan Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Canoe Algonquin (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Rain Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Canoe Algonquin (near but not at the access point), Trailside Adventure (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Canoe Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Portage Store, Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: Yes

  Smoke Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Portage Store (across the road at Canoe Lake), Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: Yes (across the road at Canoe Lake)

  Source Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Portage Store (near but not at the access point), Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Cache Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Portage Store (near but not at the access point), Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Rock Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: Yes

Note: If you'd like to take Parkbus and start at this access point, you'll need to purchase a day use permit at the Pog Lake campground (where you'll be dropped off) and then an interior permit at Rock Lake once you've paddled down to the access point office there

  Sunday Creek

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Lake O-Pe-On-Go

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters, Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: Yes

  Pinetree Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Galeairy Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Livingstone Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Haliburton Highlands Water Trails at Frost Lake 12km south of Dorset

Showers: No

  Kingscote Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: None nearby

Showers: No

  Hay Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Shall Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Barry's Bay Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Aylen Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Barry's Bay Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Basin Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Portage Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Barry's Bay Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Sec Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Portage Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  McManus Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Portage Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Achray

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Portage Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Lake Travers

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Portage Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Big Bissett Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: None nearby

Showers: No

  Wen-Di-Go Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  North River Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Brent

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters

Showers: No

  Brain Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: None nearby

Showers: No

  Kiosk

Road: Paved most of the way

Outfitters: Algonquin North Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Western Uplands Backpacking Trail at Rain Lake

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Canoe Algonquin (near but not at the access point), Trailside Adventure (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Western Uplands Backpacking Trail at Highway 60

Road: Paved with a gravel parking lot

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Portage Store (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Highland Backpacking Trail

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: At the Mew lake campground

  Eastern Pines Backpacking Trail

Road: Gravel

Outfitters: Algonquin Portage Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: No

  Canisbay Lake

Road: Paved

Outfitters: Algonquin Outfitters (near but not at the access point), Opeongo Outfitters (near but not at the access point)

Showers: Yes