Thunder Bay

Arrow Lake seasonal camping spots up for grabs

If you're willing to spend $675 dollars, you could find yourself set up with a summer-long, prime camping spot in northwestern Ontario.
Ten of the 40 sites at Arrow Lake will remain available for camping for shorter periods over the summer. (Lynda Horman/Ontario Parks)

If you're willing to spend $675 dollars, you could find yourself set up with a summer-long, prime camping spot in northwestern Ontario in 2015.

The Ministry of Natural Resources will hold a draw Nov.4 for 30 campsites at Arrow Lake Provincial Park, 70 kilometres southwest of Thunder Bay.

Lynda Horman, a park superintendent with the MNR said one of the reasons for the program is to reduce problems with campers violating the 21-day limit on staying at the same site.

“It's an alternative to regular car camping that allows the visitors to camp on the same site for the season," she said.

The sites were previously available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It will make enforcement easier for us for the limits on campsites,” she said.

“It has been an issue with campers staying beyond limit, so this will allow them to stay and give some sites for first-come.”

Ten of the 40 sites at Arrow Lake will remain available for camping for shorter periods over the summer.

Applications for the seasonal draw close this Friday.

Seasonal camping has been available at Silver Falls since 1999. (Linda Horman/Ontario Parks)
​ Horman also oversees operations at Silver Falls Provincial Park, where 44 of the 56 sites are available for seasonal bookings.

Silver Falls and Arrow Lake both have designated campsites, non-serviced privies and boat launches, said Horman, but they do not have potable water, garbage pickup or a permit system

"We'll have more regular staff at each park throughout the summer," said Horman.  "Most of the campers are pretty good with pack it in, pack it out, but there always is some garbage left behind. So, our staff from Kakabeka Falls will be able to do more pickup and basic maintenance."

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