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8 km South of km 40.3 on Highway 60 Rock Lake Road, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario Canada
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#13 of 16 Speciality lodging in Algonquin Provincial Park
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Warren wrote a review Aug. 2020
Hamilton, Canada1 contribution
We have now camped with a small trailer at Rock Lake four times, each being at least 6 days. We always book 5 months to the day in advance to get our favorite site (#60 or #61). Yes it is true there is zero privacy, but the view is worth it. We did not use the proper swim beach but use the area right infront of our site with no problems. Water is clear and clean. We never had a problem with rangers, which drive by many times during the day and night, actually they usually smile and wave and from time to time stop and chat with us. Now we are not partiers nor heavy drinkers. In my mind, if your out to be loud and roudy or drunk, why go to a campground in the wilderness? I'm sure there are alot of "Party" campgrounds around that allow that. But for us and many others we meet, they want the peace and tranquility of nature. We have always found the campground to be clean and washrooms acceptable. Its not a hotel, its a campground after all. The lake itself is wonderful for a paddle, the wind can get up but never that bad you could not paddle home. The fishing is well, its not the greatest. Way too many fisherman keeping all they catch. The road in off of highway 60 can be alittle rattling as it is gravel. Some of the wash board will really rattle your vehicle. This year when we went they just gratered the road and did a poor job as it was washboard from side to side the full 7 km. Very hard on the vehicles, but we were told the grater or operator was not working right and it would be re-grated the next week. All in all a great place to relax, yes it can get busy with loud children or partiers, but never bad enough to want to complain. I would recomend it and will be back.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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ontario_bush_nurse wrote a review Jun. 2019
Huntsville, Canada36 contributions27 helpful votes
Spent 4 days at Rock Lake section B site 122. Lets understand something here folks. If youre going to a "car camping" site, expect there to be ZERO privacy. If you want solitude in the woods, then maybe you should explore the back country. As a seasoned car and back country/crown camper, I went to Rock Lake with the sole purpose of having a nice sunny weekend with my kids and crushing the Old Rail Trail. And the lakeside aspect was awesome. If it wasnt for staying on the water, I wouldnt stay in this campground, or any other "car camping" campground, as privacy is always an issue for me. But, the water front is great, mostly sandy, shallow; and the views are great. The comfort station (flush toilets in section B) were clean on the most part. Buggy, but again this is camping, right?! Water tap was clean, good pressure. Trails were well marked. Also hiked Booths Rock. Twice. 5k. Beautiful lookouts. As for car camping (site 122 is the smallest site in the section) the waterfront was very nice and had a nice lookout over the lake. Never had an issue with wardens, we played music, and my kids rode bikes around the campground freely. Would I stay there again? Probably. It wasnt super busy, the lake is nice, and the rail trail (and lots of other Algonquin trails) are great. Again people, if you want privacy why dont you go into the backcountry?? Oh thats right bc of bugs and bears, zero amenities, and thunderboxes. So, if you cant deal with that, then suck it up and car camp and enjoy nature. And if the privacy is an issue you cant get around, then look elsewhere to camp. Ontario is full of parks with optimal levels of privacy at the car camping sites. Expand your horizons and drive a little farther. HAPPY CAMPING!!!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Room Tip: site 175 looked like the best in section b.
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Mark L wrote a review Sep. 2018
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We stayed at this campground over the long weekend. At first we were worried about the lack of privacy and how close together the sites were. This was the least of our concerns. On our first night I was sitting by the fire by myself with music very low in the background. I had a park warden (power trip rent a cop) come and tell me to turn the music off although you could not even hear the music past our site which was very quiet considering how close sites are. This was just the tip of the iceberg... The second night, friends showed up to stay at the next site to us with their three children. At 9:30 pm all our kids were riding their bikes and again... the warden came over and told us our kids had to be quiet. This was starting to ruin our family's weekend family trip. Kids were not being loud, just riding bikes and having fun. So we stop the kids fun and send them to bed for us 2 couples to sit by the fire. Nearing 11:00 after sitting around the fire we look into the trees, seeing legs in the woods moving. Believing it's just paranoia we go to investigate to find this rent a cop hiding in the bush's listening to our conversations and watching us. At this point we confront her and are now told we're harassing her... this was the worst campsite I've ever been to and will never go back. We spoke to the neighbours around us the next morning and nobody had heard us at all or complained. It was simply a moron ranger who wants to play cop hiding in the bush's watching people to make sure they don't have fun. Only complaint we heard was about the bit#* wardens car alarm going off while telling us we were being too loud waking up the whole campsite as they couldn't find the keys to shut it off.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Groundhos wrote a review Aug. 2018
Toronto3 contributions3 helpful votes
This campground suffers from a complete lack of privacy. You can see from literally one end of the campground to the other. Your neighbour can probably reach over and stir your coffee in the morning. It has a trailer sanitation station with a single hose. But it is on the opposite side from the fresh water filler, so you have to drive out of the station, go back to the entrance and come in the other way to fill up. (We we’re travelling between campgrounds and had to drain and refill at the same time.) People randomly walked through our site on the way to the beach. One night, the noise was so bad a parka official had to stand outside the washroom at midnight instructing people to be quiet and return to their sites. On the plus side, the lake is lovely and nice for a paddle. Not recommended unless you like big city closeness in a semi park like setting.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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wscottcoates wrote a review Jul. 2018
Hamilton, Canada24 contributions5 helpful votes
This is my favourite campground in Algonquin park. This is a yearly trip for my family. We have been in the spring, summer and fall. We have never been disappointed. We love it because it is about 10km from hwy 60. Traffic noise is at a minimum. The water is clean and clear. There is a dog beach too. Sites are large, but could be more private. Campground B offers more privacy than campground A and is quieter.
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Room Tip: Pick a site along the water, most have a private beach area.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rock Lake Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Rock Lake Campground?
Nearby attractions include Lookout Trail (6.5 km), Booth's Rock Trail (1.2 km), and Centennial Ridges Trail (2.5 km).
Are pets allowed at Rock Lake Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.