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PostPosted: December 31st, 2007, 9:22 pm 
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Hi all:

Planning to start the 2008 season off by an overnighter at Joeperry lake, but can't seem to see any sites mentioned for reservation on the Parks Ontario reservation site...tons for the sites on Maszinaw but none listed, as far as I can see, for Joeperry...Am I looking the right spot?? Should I be calling them up in person???
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See if you can get your hands on a Chrismar map. The sites on Joeperry may be crown land

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rob in angus wrote:
See if you can get your hands on a Chrismar map. The sites on Joeperry may be crown land




The sites are numbered according to the Ontario Parks system (501-520?)
so , I'm pretty sure they're in the Park system.

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If I'm not mistaken, Joeperry Lake campsites are considered backcountry and can't be viewed or reserved on-line. I think you have to call and ask about availability and reservations.

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lyndak wrote:
If I'm not mistaken, Joeperry Lake campsites are considered backcountry and can't be viewed or reserved on-line. I think you have to call and ask about availability and reservations.

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Will do, thanks...

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KingstonMike wrote:
rob in angus wrote:
See if you can get your hands on a Chrismar map. The sites on Joeperry may be crown land




The sites are numbered according to the Ontario Parks system (501-520?)
so , I'm pretty sure they're in the Park system.


Anybody know of a may so I can see where the sites are?

I'm also looking at meeting friends there (for a first visit to Bon Echo) and would like to be able to select a site for reservation if possible. or is it a free for all?


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Peters wrote:
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Anybody know of a may so I can see where the sites are?

I stayed there for one night last year, after booking a site beforehand.

I remember a choice of sites on the west shore of Joe Perry, all connected with a path and picked one. It was boring (no view, just a low flat space cut out of a mature forest), and so were the the others along that path.

Across the water, on the western shore of the peninsula, there were visible a few sites that looked better. I didn't check them out but they seem to be a decent choice: on polished rock with a nice view towards the sun set.

The Google map shows it as a peninsula but the park map draws it as an island:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF ... &z=14&om=0

The sites would be about there:
http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF ... 06791&z=17


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A Paddler's Guide to Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario
(previously pubilished as "Gone Canoeing Wilderness Weekends in Southern Ontario"
http://www.fireflybooks.com/advance/boo ... sp?id=7361

For the regular campground maps, go to the Ontario Parks website:
http://www.camis.com/OP/camping/maps.asp?loc=14
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/bone.html

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Barbara wrote:
For the regular campground maps, go to the Ontario Parks website:
http://www.camis.com/OP/camping/maps.asp?loc=14
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/bone.html


These are the maps that I was looking at, no info on where the canoe in sites are :(

For the price they charge I really would like to get an idea of where I'm going to be [particularly as I'm booking for more than my family]

A site in the middle of the bush is not what we are all after [we could go to the regular campground for that]

Charleston Lake Park provides maps so that you can reserve the site with some idea of the exposure, i was expecting the same for Bon Echo.


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You'll get a map when you register - so they do exist but they just didn't see it necessary to put them on the web. :roll:

The folks in the park office seem to be focussed on the thousands that stay in the large camp areas - and that may be a good thing. Out of the maybe 12 campsites on Joe Perry, only about 4 were occupied, and that was in August, mid-week. If you tell them at booking time that you want a site with western exposure, on the "island", you should be OK.

By the way, the site where I stayed was at the water - but it only had a 10ft wide landing hacked out of the bush and felt very closed in.


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If you want to see a map of the canoe-in sites, then check out Kevin's book.....page 103 in my copy of the "gone canoeing" edition.

Buy it or check out your local library.


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Barbara wrote:
If you want to see a map of the canoe-in sites, then check out Kevin's book.....page 103 in my copy of the "gone canoeing" edition.

Buy it or check out your local library.


Barbara


Just put it on hold, With luck I can pick it up tomorrow.

Erhard wrote:
You'll get a map when you register - so they do exist but they just didn't see it necessary to put them on the web.


I'll suggest that they do when I reserve.

Thanks all, you have come up with a way for me to see the map where Google could not :)


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One thing you should be aware of: the parking lot is about 500m from the put-in and you have to lug all your gear down to the water, on foot. It may - or may not - matter to your trip......


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Erhard wrote:
One thing you should be aware of: the parking lot is about 500m from the put-in and you have to lug all your gear down to the water, on foot. It may - or may not - matter to your trip......


Thanks for the heads up

I'd stumbled on that when I was searching for maps, I guess I'll have to treat this like a real canoe trip :), not like last Victoria day at Charleston Lake which was a "take whatever" trip.

As long as it is a reasonable track 500m is not all that bad [now I should go look at the topo's to see just how far wrong I am]


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There's a photo of it in the book. Mr C is using a canoe cart on what looks to be a nice, smooth path.



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