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Margot Bai
Toronto, ON, Canada 17' Taylor Coach Nik Nat Toyota Tacoma 4wd Off-Road
140 reviews
“Gorgeous, free ocean front camping 25 km down a gravel logging road”

Reviewed 9/30/2018

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 9
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Getting here: Directions on Sitesandtrailsbc.ca seem to be out of date. This is what we did: From the town of Campbell River, drive north on hwy 19. Turn right at Tsitika River Forest Service Road, about 104 km north of Campbell River. Big sign at the highway says Tsitika River FSR, located at kilometer marker 274 on the highway, and gps coordinates 50.2893, -126.3842. Travel north almost 6 km – follow the fork to the left to continue on Tsitika River Forest Service Road. Continue another 1 km, turn right on Naka Road. Follow Naka Forest Service Road 17 km. At EN Hookup Road, turn right, continue down the steep hill and at the bottom, take the acute left turn which leads directly to the campground. Note Naka Forest Service Road has some potholes and several steep sections over 10 % grade. 4wd is absolutely necessary if you are towing anything, and highly recommended regardless.

Campground: About a dozen sites, most of which are on the water, a couple are double sites and sites in a field area, options for both sunny sites and shady sites. At the north end, waterfront sites overlook a protected bay, at the south end, they are exposed to a point that can be windy. Access to some of the sites involves either driving under some low overhanging branches or over a bumpy field. Huge stone beach with massive tides on the Johnstone Strait, about 7 km south of the protected Robson Bight. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities: while there we saw seals and sea lions, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, black bears, harlequin ducks, mergansers, surf scoters, kingfisher, sea gulls, bald eagles, crows. There were also some annoying little biting noseeums when the wind is calm – not too bad but a little repellant is helpful for when you are outside. Ferries, cruise ships and shipping barges will pass by. Excellent location to launch a kayak on a calm day. Boat launch for larger boats is just access over the stony beach.

A couple pit toilets at the site. Water available at the mobile home from a hose. User maintained site so please be responsible for your own garbage. Surprisingly good cell signal – you can see the cell towers across the strait about 5 kms to the north. Bell worked fine without a booster, AT&T was spotty on it’s own but with a booster we got 4G 5 bars on AT&T and were able to stream Netflix no problem! Yay!

Walk west up the beach and there is a trail that goes around the rocky outcropping to the beach on the other side – worth exploring. Also just past the campground entrance is a bridge – to the right of the bridge is a trail into the woods that leads to a huge waterfall about 15 mintues in. Beware bears, cougar and wolves are possible – bring bear spray and talk as you walk to alert wildlife of your approach.

Note this location is very isolated. Come fully stocked with everything you need for your entire stay as the nearest grocery stores are in Port MacNeill to the north and Campbell River to the south.

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Margot Bai would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: onsite
  • pets


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