Massasauga: Spider Lake/Georgian Bay Loop (4 days / 20 km)

Trip Report - Spider Lake-Georgian Bay Loop - Frog Pond back into Spider

This was a great trip, weather was perfect, fishing was some of the best I’ve experienced in some time and Massasauga leaves a great deal to be explored. Both Spider Lake and Clear Lake are within the park's Wilderness Management Zone, with no motorized vehicles and comprising 25% of the park’s total area. These lakes are gems! There are several lakes within the park that are ‘inland’ as a good deal of the park and the sites therein are located on Georgian Bay in protected bays and inlets.

This trip goes from the inland wilderness area of Spider and Clear lakes to Georgian Bay and back in a tight little 3 night/4 day loop using different portages to access unique parts of Georgian Bay and both inland lakes. 

There are no retracing portages on this loop, however, one will be paddling part of Spider lake back to the original portage at the starting point. Massasauga offers experiences to those who enjoy peaceful, wilderness-style camping in the inland portion and those who also enjoy the Georgian Bay culture of sailboats, cruisers, and even small craft. I have taken my small aluminum motorboat into Massasauga from ‘Pete’s Place,’ the ‘bayside’ access point to the park located in the southwest corner near the Moon River. 

As a paddler, one can enjoy both inland and bayside sites, both are equally beautiful and offer unique experiences.

Trip Completed: July 2022

Trip Summary 

Starting Point: Three Legged Lake 

Ending Point: Three Legged Lake 

Total Distance: 20 km 

Duration: 4 days

Difficulty: Beginner 

Location: Massasauga Provincial Park - Near Parry Sound 

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Massasauga.

Maps & Resources 

Guidebook: A guidebook was not needed.

Map: Massasauga Map, waterproof, of course! 

Campsite Reservations: Yes, book through Ontario Parks reservation system

Permits: Permits can be picked up at...

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