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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  • It's a great place with awesome untouched pieces of history. The bathrooms were my only complaint there. Always dirty.'and didn't flush well. But the camping spaces, the landscape...great. You also ne...  more »
  • We chose this park because we knew it would be quiet. No loud teens, no drunken adults, no screaming kids (well, a few but not many), or barking dogs. The scenery is very nice, most sites are private ...  more »
  • This was our first time at Murphys Point and probably our last. My husband and I have been to multiple Provincial Parks and we were the least impressed with this one. I know this is car camping and th...  more »
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  • Wow what a beautiful Park of Canada located and the Beautiful town of Perth. Latest great amenities along with awesome hiking and walking trails. Parking is wheelchair accessible as well as entrance way. The atmosphere is quite relaxed here however it is beautiful to be outside in the fresh air. Bring for yourself and Friends Are Family a late lunch with some beverages and enjoy the surroundings. Let's all try to remember to pick up after ourselves especially in the Serene untouched beautiful nature landscape. Overall great spot try to check it out today.
  • Campground was nice and well maintained. Comfort stations were clean. Camp store was decently stocked. I was concerned after reading the reviews about the wardens ticketing people for being noisy, moving wood off their campsite, etc.. Thankfully, we did not have any such experiences, and we were a large group (8 adults, 6 teenagers, 4 younger kids) camping on 4 sites beside each other, and while we don't tend to be excessively noisy, with that many kids around, we aren't overly quiet either. We really enjoyed the mine tour and meeting Rosie the snake. I didn't see any ticks (we were there at the end of August) and I didn't see any raccoons at night, but did see evidence of them having visited (just like at any campground). We did see a couple of deer, tons of salamanders and frogs and a few snakes. I didn't make it to the beach, but the kids liked it and they caught a lot of fish. The biggest downside is that the camp sites themselves are very hit and miss for quality. They are very open, so there's not much privacy. My friend's site had basically no where to pitch a family sized tent as it was very hilly, rocky and full of tree roots. It appeared to be set up to accommodate a trailer only -- the only place suitable for a tent of any size was on the gravel pad (not ideal for keeping a tent free of holes), even though the website said it was suitable for multiple tents. Other sites were perfectly fine though. All in all, I would camp there again, but I would be careful in selecting camp sites. Definitely take the opportunity to go on a mine tour -- the nighttime tour is quite fun.
  • DO NOT GO TO THIS PARK! I was with my husband and 2 daughters, and singing songs by the fire for my 2 daughters quietly, it was only 8:00pm. 2 park "rangers" came up to us and yelled at us in front of my young daughters, asked us "if we were drunk" I was disgusted at them, as well as my husband, and explained to them why they were botheroing us simply keeping to ourselves, they threatened if we did not "immediately be quiet!" that they would ticket us for disturbing people., my husband and I had to dress our 2 daughters, and packed our stuff up and left the park after these 2 treated us. I will never go back to this park. I saw numerous reviews about how bad this park was for people being ticketed for simply sitting by a campfire and being ticketed, as well as people being ticketed for burning dead twigs, etc I did not think it was that serious but after visiting this park I wish I would have taken the reviews seriously, I also noticed after I got home many of the negative reviews about this park have been taken down. SO I ask GOOGLE: WHY ARE YOU TAKING NEGATIVE REVIEWS DOWN AND LEAVING ONLY POSITIVE ONES UP? I will never trust GOOGLE reviews again because it is obvious they take negative reviews down as I saw over a dozen of them, and now their are barely any. Their reviews are clearly not fair and must take any negative reviews down because the park pays for the advertising, that is disgusting and wrong. I would not doubt if they delete this post as well shortly after the park notices it. I SUGGEST TO ANYONE DO NOT GO TO THIS PARK, BECAUSE IF ANYONE COMPLAINS ON YOU THESE PARK RANGERS WILL TICKET YOU OR HARASS YOU EVEN WHEN YOU ARE DOING NOTHING WRONG!
  • Have been here a few times before, but won't be returning after our last visit. While sitting around the fire with friends chatting one evening the warden came by twice to tell us to be quiet. It was fairly early the first time, and we were merely sitting outside enjoying our campsite. After his first visit, we decided to go to sleep by 11 to avoid the ticket he threatened us with. As we were getting ready to go to sleep, he stopped by again with two other rangers and demanded we be quiet, getting quite aggressive and threatening to ticket us again. He also felt the need to call us "students," which we took to essentially be a way to talk down to us. We are all working professionals and just wanted to respectfully enjoy the campsite we had paid for for the weekend without harassment. I have worked at provincial parks and am mindful of the sometimes difficult job park wardens have- but this interaction left us confused and put a damper on our weekend. Also, the raccoons are bad.
  • 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. :(

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