Reservable backcountry camping information
General backcountry information
- Operating season (nights):
- May 16 to October 13, 2019
- Reservable period (nights):
- May 16 to October 13, 2019
- Reservable percentage:
- 100% reservable
- Kiosk hours:
- May 16 to September 2nd, 2019:
- Saint-Mathieu Visitor Centre: Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Fridays from 9 am to 9:30 pm.
- Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Centre: every day from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm
- September 3rd to October 14, 2019:
- Saint-Mathieu and Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Centre: Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm.
- Visitors must stop at the visitor centre. No arrival allowed when the visitor centre is closed.
- After hours registration:
- Registration after hours is not available.
- Check in time:
- Permits must be issued in time to reach destination during daylight hours. Campers must therefore plan enough time to reach their destination before nightfall.
- Check out time:
- Before 11 am.
- Quiet hours:
- Quiet hours from 11 pm to 7 am.
- Minimum length of stay:
- 1 night
- Maximum length of stay:
- Maximum persons per site:
- Maximum 2 people per tent per site. Exception possible for a family of 4 persons with 2 dependent children under 16 years old (no other exceptions will be tolerated).
- Maximum camping units per site:
- One tent per site.
- The tent must be set up on the pad provided. Every location is equipped with sand tent pads (4m x 4m).
- Fire policy:
- Campfires are allowed in the fire pit provided on the following lakes: Wapizagonke #1 to #13 (#14 and 15 without fire pits), À la Pêche, Édouard, Marie and Isaïe.
- All other backcountry sites are without fire.
- Please keep campfires small to reduce firewood consumption.
- For sites with fire, firewood is provided on-site.
- In order to be self-sufficient, it is recommended that campers bring their own means of cooking food.
- Alcohol policy:
- Pet policy:
- Pets are not permitted in the backcountry.
- For the 2019 season, backcountry sites are available on Anticagamac, Dauphinais, des Cinq, Édouard, Marie, Isaïe, Waber, Wapizagonke and à la Pêche lakes. Every location has between two and four tent pads (campsites), more or less spaced apart (depending on location), a pit toilet, a food storage structure. There are picnic tables at Edouard, Isaïe, Wapizagonke, à la Pêche Lakes.
- À la Pêche Lake # 1, there are 6 tent sites with picnic tables. Tent sites PE1A and PE1B have their own fire pit. Tent sites PE1C and PE1D are grouped together and shared the same fire pit. The PE1E and PE1F tent sites are also closer together and share the same fire pit.
- The letters A, B, C, D, E and F that you receive with your campsite number corresponds to your tent pad, which designates where your tent must be set up.
- Canoe rental information: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/qc/mauricie/activ/canotage-canoeing.aspx.
- Known for its huge cliffs and abundance of aquatic plant life, Anticagamac Lake is also home to a varied and abundant fauna; don't forget your binoculars. Not far from here, visit the must-see Waber Falls by way of a 2.1 km trail. On your way to the falls, stop by the Anticagamac lookout to take in the breathtaking landscape. With a strenuous 2.4 km portage, this outing is for the experienced canoe-camper who is comfortable with difficult portages. To access a site at lac Anticagamac, start at the Wapizagonke parking area. Paddle 4 km on Wapizagonke Lake, and complete a 2.4 km portage between lac Wapizagonke and Anticagamac Lake. If you do not plan to do any canoeing on lac Anticagamac, store your canoe on the stands provided for this purpose at the beginning of the portage. No fires at these sites.
- Dauphinais Lake offers an escape into nature in its purest state. On your way there, discover three lakes with undeniable charm. With three portages totaling 2.2 km, this trip is for experienced canoe-campers. To reach the backcountry sites at Dauphinais Lake, start at the Lac Édouard parking lot. From June 21 to August 12, campsite DA2A and DA2B are offered exclusively with daily fishing permits and fishing rights for a maximum of 2 adults (accompanied of a maximum of 2 children under 16). No fires at these sites.
- Des Cinq:
- Pick the northernmost point to sleep in the park, after paddling through some of the most picturesque scenery. Requiring 2.4 km of portages and 4 lakes to traverse, this outing is only for experienced canoe-campers. To reach the backcountry sites at lac des Cinq, start at the Lac Édouard parking lot. From June 21 to August 12, campsite CI1A and CI1B are offered exclusively with daily fishing permits and fishing rights for a maximum of 2 adults (accompanied of a maximum of 2 children under 16). No fires at these sites.
- Ideal for beginners and families, Édouard Lake is known for its children’s playground and large beach. A great place for picnics… stay the night! To access the campsites at Édouard Lake, park your vehicle at the Lac Édouard parking lot. A landing is located nearby for those who have their own boat. Site #5 Édouard lake can also be accessed via a hiking/biking trail. Fires are permitted on these sites.
- Trail 3, is accessible by bike or hike and runs along Isaïe Lake all along its western portion. Site is accessible by this path. This intimate site is home to 3 tent sites, it is an excellent destination for a family. The tiny Rivière à la Pêche located nearby will charm you. You will reach your site by canoe: first register at the St-Mathieu Visitor Centre than launch at the St-Gérard entrance. On your way to your site, you will have the opportunity to discover the Lac à la Pêche. You will reach your site by bike or hike: Registration at the Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Centre for a departure from the Rivière-à-la-Pêche area, access to the site: 5 km. Registration at the St-Mathieu Visitor Centre for a departure from the St-Gerard entrance, access to the site: 10,5 km.
- Located along trail #9, lac Marie, a very small lake, is a short canoe outing. You may also like to reach it on foot or by bike. Meals can be enjoyed at picnic tables in the small shelter near the campsites. To access the lac Marie campsites, start at the Lac-Édouard parking area. You will have two options: a paddle by canoe or a hiking/bicking trail. Fires are permitted on these sites.
- These sites are located near the Waber waterfall. To access these backcountry campsites, start at the Wapizagonke parking area. During the day, visitors regularly travel this path to reach the Waber waterfall. It is particularly steep and requires slow progress. This outing is only for those canoe-campers who are experienced in difficult portages. No fires at these sites. From June 22 to August 12, campsite WB1D is offered exclusively with daily fishing permits and fishing rights for a maximum of 2 people.
- À la Pêche:
- Lac à la Pêche, still infrequently travelled by canoeists, promises great discoveries. Waterfalls and a few trails can be found nearby, as well as historical buildings bear witness to the Park's rich history. To access the campsites at lac à la Pêche, go to the Saint-Gérard entrance. Before embarking on your trip, pick up entrance and camping permits at the Saint-Mathieu visitor centre. Sites #1 and #2 accessible by canoe or by hiking. Fires are permitted on these sites.
- At 16 km, lac Wapizagonke is the Park's longest lake. It is known for its impressive cliffs and soft sand beaches. There are two boat rental centres here (one at the Wapizagonke picnic area, and another at the Shewenegan picnic area). Fires are permitted at these sites, with the exception of those at Wapizagonke #14 and #15, where fires are not allowed.
- Boat launch ramps are located at the Shewenegan picnic area..
- Canoe-campers must bring the materials and equipment necessary for the duration of their visit. Below is a non-exhaustive list of items to bring with you:
- Personal flotation device and nautical safety equipment (mandatory)
- Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
- Food, beverages and water container
- Rope for hanging food
- Matches or lighter
- Small axe
- Insect repellent
- Camp stove
- Water treatment equipment
- Waterproof bags
- This is a summary of basic regulations
- It is an offense, punishable by fine and/or eviction, to:
- Use a motorized craft (gasoline or electric) on the Park’s lakes.
- Hunt or be in possession of a firearm.
- Stop on the islands or camp outside of a campsite provided for this purpose.
- Dispose of garbage in the wilderness.
- Fish without the proper fishing permits.
- Behave in a manner which is disruptive to others (rowdiness, etc.).
- Maintain your campsite in a state which is deemed unsatisfactory by management.
- Light or maintain a fire outside of the firepits provided by the Park, or to use wood (dead or alive) from the Park’s forests to light or maintain a fire.
- The permit holder and those in his or her group must adhere to the activities, number of people, length of stay and areas noted on the permit, as well as to the Park’s regulations. They must also have the permit in their possession at all times during their trip in the Park.
- Fishing regulations:
- Click here to consult some of La Mauricie National Park’s fishing regulations: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/qc/mauricie/activ/peche-fishing
- Please click here for more information about La Mauricie National Park’s camping fees: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/qc/mauricie/visit/tarifs-fees.
If there is no vacancy for your dates
- To learn about campgrounds outside the park, visitors can call Tourisme Mauricie at 1-800-567-7603, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to noon and from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
- To obtain information about the Domaine Wabenaki and Andrew located in La Mauricie National Park, contact Info-Nature Mauricie at 1-819-537-4555 or visit www.info-nature.ca/home.
Require additional information?
- 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) 8 am to 6 pm local park time or www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca
- Reservation launch date: January 16, 2019
General park information:
- Telephone: 1-888-773-8888
- 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, April to September
- 10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, October to March
- If you plan to stay at the park on September 6, 7 and 8, 2019, please visit our website at http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/qc/mauricie/activ/defi-shawi to discover the activities happening that weekend. Due to the Défis du parc, access to certain areas of the park may be restricted.
- For more information, please visit the following website (in French only): lesdefisduparc.ca
Terms and definitions
- Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
- Operating Season (Nights)
- The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
- Reservable Period (Nights)
- The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
- Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
- Camping Unit
- Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
- Serviced Site
Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.
The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.
- Drive-through Site
- Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
- Walk-in Site
- Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
- Overflow Site
- Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
- Accessible Site
- A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.
In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.
- Fire permit
- In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
- In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
- First-come, First-served Site
- Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
- Shoulder Season
- Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
- Entrance Pass
- A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
- Daily Entrance Pass
- A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
- Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
- An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
- Parks Canada Discovery Pass
- The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.
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Campground information and descriptions:
Lakes accessible by the Saint-Jean-des-Piles entrance Registration at the Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Reception Centre
Maximum time to register May 16 toSeptember 2nd
Maximum time to register September 3 to October 13
From Rivière à la Pêche, by bike or hiking, site 1 : 5 km
Lac à la Pêche
From Rivière à la Pêche, by bike or hiking, site 1 : 11.5 km Site 2 : 8.5km
Lake des Cinq
Lake Wapizagonke, sites 1-2-3-4-5-6
From the Wapizagonke picnic area, the estimated time to get to these sites varies between 1h and 3h
Lake Wapizagonke, sites 7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15
From the Wapizagonke picnic aera, the estimated time to get to these sites varies between 15 minutes and 1.5h
Lakes accessible by the Saint-Gérard entrance Registration at the Saint-Mathieu or Saint-Jean-des-Piles Visitor Reception Centre
Maximum time to register May 16 toSeptember 2nd
Maximum time to register September 3 to October 13
Lake à la Pêche, sites 1-2
By canoe, from Saint-Gérard
By bike or hiking: site 1 : 4 km, site 2 : 7 km
Lake Isaïe, site 1
By canoe, from Saint-Gérard
By bike or hiking: 10.5 km
Elevation change (m)
À la Pêche / Isaïe
Dauphinais / Archange
Des Cinq / Dauphinais
Dubon / Giron
Édouard / Marie
Étienne / Édouard
Giron / Soumire
Isaïe / Rivière-à-la-Pêche (Parking)
Marie / Parker
Maréchal / Tessier
Parker / À la Pêche
Soumire / Soumire (Parking)
Soumire / Étienne
Tessier / Waber
Waber / Anticagamac
Wapizagonke / Antigacamac
Wapizagonke / Waber
What to bring:
Regulations and Restrictions: