Last minute drive in camping

Joined: 4:40 PM - Mar 13, 2014

7:15 PM - Aug 16, 2015 #1

Does anyone know the latest time I can show up for drive in camping without a reservation? I'm thinking about driving up right now for a couple days
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Joined: 2:33 PM - Mar 06, 2014

7:32 PM - Aug 16, 2015 #2

I'd call the park information office at 705 633 5572 to find out what the hours are for each campground office.

Whether you can head out tonight or need to wait for early tomorrow morning will depend on how far away from the park you are.

It's Sunday so there should be a fair amount of campsite from people who left today and each campground has a number of site that cannot be reserved on the reservation system...they're on a first come first serve basis.
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Joined: 4:40 PM - Mar 13, 2014

7:36 PM - Aug 16, 2015 #3

Does anyone know the latest time I can show up for drive in camping without a reservation? I'm thinking about driving up right now for a couple days
Yeah I tried that number a bunch of times but it's busy every time haha. Thanks though
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Joined: 1:22 PM - Feb 25, 2014

11:55 PM - Aug 16, 2015 #4

Does anyone know the latest time I can show up for drive in camping without a reservation? I'm thinking about driving up right now for a couple days
If it helps I know the Pog Lake campground office is open until 10 pm, not sure if they're all the same. Campers with reservations can still show up to occupy their site later than that (doing a self-checkin and then completing the paperwork in the morning), but I doubt it's possible as a walk-in since there would be no one to tell you what's available.

I would not show up without a reservation at a campground that doesn't have sites available on CAMIS for that night. Even though there are unreservable sites at each campground for walk-ins, your chances of getting one late in the evening at a fully booked campground aren't great.
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Joined: 2:29 PM - Apr 23, 2012

6:24 PM - Aug 17, 2015 #5

Does anyone know the latest time I can show up for drive in camping without a reservation? I'm thinking about driving up right now for a couple days
A few years ago my buddy and I had the brilliant idea to leave for our trip a day early. We both just didn't feel like waiting until the next morning. Finished work, packed the canoe and left.

We finally arrived at Pog Lake around midnight and just picked an empty site and setup our tent. Went to the office the next morning to sign in for our site and pay for the previous night. They seemed OK with it. The Ranger even drove by while we were setting up out tent and didn't say anything.

Although, after we decided that leaving a day early was a mistake. My buddy forgot his sleeping bag, and the cooler of food was sitting in his kitchen because we were in a hurry to leave! Oops

We also had to wait for our site to become clear because it was occupied the previous night, we figured they'd be gone by noon at the latest. Nope. They left the site at 1:50!
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