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Canoe and Kayak fans
Island boasts numerous campsites in the quiet, vast waterways known
as The Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River. The island is
located in the town of Gananoque, Ontario. It is located in an
"off channel" quieter section of the river, with
relatively little power boat traffic in the surrounding area.
is primitive. Outhouses on the island are maintained by the people
who use them. You will not find electricity or phones here. Water
from the river is cleaner than it has been in years thanks to the
introduction of zebra mussels. Use of a water purifier or boiling
the water before use is recommended. During the summer months
there is a well located at main camp providing fresh cool water.
for campsites during annual encampment are required. At all other
times of the year, there are many campsites to choose from, take your pick! All
sites on the island have a view of the water, unless of course you
choose to migrate into the interior of the island.
A note of caution and the
ensuing explanation about campfires and cooking while camping on the island.
The use of camp stoves for the preparation of food
in preferred. If rain has been sparse, you should plan on using a
cook stove for your meals. Campfires on the island must be made and
maintained inside of established fire places. Fires should never be
left unattended. In dry seasons extra caution must be used with
campfires. Fires are a particular hazard on the islands. Fire
fighting means buckets and people forming bucket lines. The shallow
soil consists of leaves and pine needles and other forest debris.
The soil is not highly compacted and makes a wonderful fuel for
flying embers to feed on. A fire can travel underground from the
source and appear anywhere from 10 feet to 50 yards or more away
from where the uncontrolled fire first started. The only effective
way to fight this type of fire is with a shovel, to expose the
traveling "veins" that are burning underground. Only after
you have shoveled all the hot soil, should you use water to fill the
ditch. If you use water before you have followed all the
"veins" you risk cooling off the exposed ground giving you
a false sense that you have found all the buried burning embers. If
the fires are not contained, the entire island environment is at
risk of being burned to the ground.
To reserve a
camp sight follow the steps below.
your camp site, for assistance, check the map
your arrival/departure dates
Marilyn Vogel with the above information.
will receive confirmation
camp site will be held for ten business days,
while awaiting payment.
your confirmation and your payment receipt on your
trip to Sugar Island.
must be members in good standing of the American Canoe
are a flat rate of $7.00USD per day, per person.
under 12 camp staying with parent stay for free.
visiting all campers agree to abide by the
rules and regulations set forth by the Sugar Island Board of