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Murphys Point Provincial Park, Perth

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
Murphys Point Provincial Park is a provincial park near Perth, Ontario. The 1239ha park features natural areas prepared for hiking and skiing as well as access for day-use camping and water sports at Big Rideau Lake. Facilities include a park store, Visitor Centre and several "Comfort Centres", with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities for the multi-day camper.The park also contains the restored early 20th-century "Silver Queen" mica mine, the ruins of a sawmill and several historic pioneer buildings including the Lally Homestead. This area was mined in the early 20th century, for mica, feldspar, and apatite. During the summer season, guided tours are offered to visitors who would like to see the inside of a pioneer-style mine. Lantern-lit evening ghost walks to the mine are also offered.The park includes five nature trails varying in length from the 1km Loon Lake Trail to the 6.5km Rideau Trail. The park is home to a variety of mammals, including deer, fox, mink, beaver, coyote, porcupine and otter. Many loons inhabit Big Rideau Lake along with five species of turtles, eight species of amphibians, and eight species of snakes, including Canada's largest, but harmless, black rat snake.
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  • I never stayed over night here, but from the fisherman perspective the place is amazing you get a very wide variety of fishes and quite nice sizes to worth the fight. Please if you catch release it so...  read more »
  • We stayed in a site at Hoggs bay close to the beach. The sites are at different elevations, trellised you could say, and there were some steep roads but it was relatively easy to level our trailer onc...  read more »
  • One of the worst camping experiences for our family. The park itself offers no privacy regardless of what the reservation site suggests. We booked a "high privacy" lot and we could not find a single p...  read more »
  • Beautiful beach and campsites. But tell the Ontario Parks Enforcement crew to play some crossword puzzles on the night shift and to stop annoying all the campers. They literally stood waiting outside our campsite for us to speak slightly louder than appropriate to come and tell us that our voices are carrying too loudly. They came by TWICE and then threatened to fine us. We were just having a conversation by the campfire. If people come camping expecting everything to be perfectly quiet I think your idea of a vacation is unrealistic.
  • Amazing experience in such a majestic park surrounded by beautiful lakes, bays and rivers. A fantastic place to fish. A fishermans or womans paradise. Also amazing to canoe or kayak around. Park staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Especially enjoy my talks with Nancy at the park store and incredibly knowledgeable about the area. Also have to thank Drew the park ranger who came and helped us after a long canoe ride out to rideau ferry in not the best conditions. Also extremely friendly and helpful. As for the campsites and experience. It was very pleasant and quiet. Very strict noise policy to which i appreciated. I've seen some nasty reviews and remarks and to that I say, you truly had to be too loud or out of hand that you needed to be warned and furthermore fined. The campsites are close to one another so you do have to take in consideration of your noise levels as it may disturb your neighbours. Also great benefit was when everything quieted down around 11. The park came alive with wildlife. Had a few deer come through my campsite as well as a porcupine and other critters. The coons werent a problem. There werent that many and they scare easily with a flashlight. All the creatures of the park were very docile and friendly to humans. Had an amazing experience canoeing on hogg bay being buzzed by a loon a couple feet over head. Animals everywhere day and night. Visitor centre very informative. Park store has all the necessities one may need including ones one doesn't. Needless to say if you forgot something important they have you covered. Trails were beautiful, MacParlen house was interesting. I have to say this is one of my favourite places I've been and I will definitely be returning. If you are looking to party all hours of the night this place isn't for you. If you are out to enjoy nature, wildlife, history and many memorable memories, this is the place for you. 5 star rating. Thanks again staff of Murphys Point for making this the best trip yet. Kudos all around. Very well managed.
  • One of the worst camping experiences for our family. The park itself offers no privacy regardless of what the reservation site suggests. We booked a "high privacy" lot and we could not find a single place on our lot where we were private. The tree line is bare and the park is poorly maintained. The lot was full of litter when we arrived. Also please note that the raccoons are extremely brazen at this park. We are very cautious and place everything in the car at night and they still came around within a few feet of our children at night looking for scraps. Although we did not see it apparently there was an active bear on the campsite during our stay. BEWARE : The park security team will find any reason to fine you. Perhaps they have a fine quota to fill? The enforcers will walk around at night and wait by your campsite until you talk or laugh and come warn you. One of the security supervisors warned us that if you cross the road to visit another lot with an open alcoholic beverage you will be fined. I had brushed off the other negative reviews before visiting but we were constantly harassed by the park enforcement officers. It really felt like they needed to fill the coffers. Sad that a family gathering can be ruined by over zealous officers. Our extended family never gathered because we were terrified of being harassed or fined. Definitely not a place to go with extended family or young children. Your vacation time is precious. Please do yourself a favor and visit another of Ontario's beautiful parks where you won't feel like you are being watched day and night. ****************************************************************** Ne visitez pas ce parc. Dans ce parc les gardiens de sécurité cherche n'importe quel raison pour vous donner une ammende. Peut-être qu'ils ont des quotas à remplir? Ils attendent près de votre site pour vous avertir si quelqu'un décide de parler ou rire un peu trop fort. Ce n'est vraiement pas agréable. De plus, le parc n'est pas beau. il n'y a aucuns sites privés peu-importe ce que le site de réservation suggère. Attention, vous pouvez avoir une ammende si vous traversé la route pour visiter un autre site avec une consommation alcoolisé ouverte. Il y a beaucoup trop de ratons laveurs, même si on fait attention avec la nourriture (la laisser dans la voiture) ils sont venus à quelques pieds de nos enfants pour essayer de trouver de la nourriture. Nous n'Avons pas vu mais supposément qu'il y avait un ours dans le parc pendant notre séjour. Votre temps est précieux, éviter ce parc et apporter votre famille dans un autre parc de l'Ontario.
  • Murphy's point provincial park is probably the worst camping ground in all of Canada! People are piled over each other, no intimacy, having fun is strictly forbidden. We where fined for laughing with friends around the fire, and fined a second time for having an opened beer (in a can) on the beach. Between me and you a warning would of been sufficient for our family to understand. The park wardens will literally Stand next to your lot like creeps and wait for you to either be loud or cross the street to your friends lot with an alcoholic beverage to ticket you $125. Do not waste your time or money here you will regret it. Thank you warden Petit & Ogilvie for having no judgement or compassion. We were supposed to stay here a week and left the next day.
  • My family has been camping pretty much everywhere for the last 30 years. this year myself and 7 other women booked two sites. We kayaked the 6km loop. The two portages were very short and the one took us by the park store so of course ice cream was had. Lots of wildlife to see. turtles, deer, watersnake, and muskrat and of course the nighttime visitor the rascally raccoon. The hiking trails are well mantained and it has a sand beach for the kiddies. We did the silver queen mine tour well worth a couple of hours of your time. If you havent been to this provincial park it is worth a visit. We have a tent trailer and i will say some sites are hard to level it. Go on-line if you need a level site.
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