Closest Access Point: Tim Lake, I think, but closest is relative here. This is about as interior as you can get. There are no close access points.
Distance to Access Point: 46 KM – 2 Full Days
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Hard. Like, no matter if you’re coming from Kiosk, North Tea or Tim it’s hard.
Maintenance Level: Low. Whatever is below Low.
Date Visited: May 2023
So, to start with, this is not a reservable campsite (nor are the sites on Nod Lake). There’s a campsite sign on the site, and you can find the sites on the official Park map, but if you go to reserve online you’re not going to find them. Why? Well, according to Unlostify’s new Algonquin map, the Park forgot to include them in the reservation service. Which I kind of love. The upshot is that there are a few campsites in this general vicinity that are guaranteed not to be booked if you find yourself in need of an emergency stopping spot. But would Barred Owl’s lone site be your emergency stopping spot of choice? Read on to find out (also, the answer is “no”).
Tent Sites: Honestly, I don’t know where you’d want to put a tent on this site. The only level-ish area is directly beneath a massive pine tree (pictured in the back of this photo behind the fire pit area) that is bristling with branches just waiting to fall on you in the middle of the night. So your choices are rolling down the hill like a hotdog at a 7-11 or ending up flat as a pancake at the IHOP.