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Murphys Point Provincial Park, Perth

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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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  • We found the sites were fairly private, the park was nice and quiet, well maintained. The hiking trails are neat we came across some deer and other animals. Definitely bring some bug spray. The Walk I...  more »
  • We spent 3 days and 2 nights at the canoe in camp grounds. Amazing staff (especially Nancy!). Clean grounds, quiet, not too close to the other campers. We saw many birds, loads of turtles, frogs, chip...  more »
  • Not a seasoned camper, but we brought the canoe and the barbque tools, a tent and we had a great weekend.  more »
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  • The trails are nice. The staff aren't. Literally look for reasons to bother you. We had to clean our site out of broken trees and sticks before we could put up our tent and we got told not to pick up deadwood? Also there were a ton of ticks and the fire pit was full of ashes. We had to clean it before we could use it... Wouldn't recommend to anyone. Worst park I've been to. :(
  • I've camped all over Ontario and this is the worst camp site I have visited. The lot management is horrible and looked to never be done even after a camper left. My pit was left in a horrendous manner with over a what looked like a week of wet half burnt logs and a few inches of old soot. Upon deciding to clean up my lot by removing debris to put my tent down I was approached by a park "ranger" telling me that I cannot pickup dead wood or burn it. Upon questioning what I should do with the deadwood, he said to throw it back into the camp site. Needless to say, I still cleaned up my site after he left as I did not want a ripped tent. The ticks in this area are BAD. Do not bring animals and keep yourself cleaned off and checked every day. The number of ticks I had to pick off my dogs despite them staying out of the brush was staggering. Even got a few myself. The walking beach on the hike-in trail was demolished with no upkeep. Two broken picnic tables were present with exposed rusted screws and the beach was unusable. Avoid this area as it is not seen upkeep at all. The trails are well done however and something people of all experience can do.
  • Very beautiful place for boating, canoeing. Good Hiking trail. The big concern is mosquito. If you stand still for 10 seconds, Will be fresh meat of groups of mosquitos
  • This was my first visit to Murphy's Point and it did not disappoint. The sites were spacious and private. Washrooms were close by and clean. The beach was very clean and nice. Overall a great stay!
  • 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.

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