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We paddled for 2 days and were amazed by the quality of the bright jade colored water. You can literally see 30ft. plus down. July 4th weekend, we camped on a beach... FREE. No one else around.
State permits are free. Stop at the visitors center at 4 corners -- they have permits to camp and will tell you all the best sites to see and camp. They also have a great little map you can buy from them that is very nice.
The paddling is the best we have ever found. The wrecks to explore and the unbelivable shorline always leaves you in awe. Note: if its windy on one side of the island, paddle on the other side. And regarding island hopping; get a good map and a compass or GPS. Many islands are privately owned, so pick the public ones for hiking and camping.
Overall, the island is stunning. Roads are a bit rough...and slow.
Editors Note: Also, check out additional Paddling Report on Potaganissing River the bay/river area around Drummond Island.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles