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River Refuge

Space for 1 Rig
30 ft max
5 nights maximum

Notice Required
Same day is okay
2 months max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Not Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 15 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Wifi
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Campfire Ring
  • Off-Leash Area
  • No donation requested for hookups


Located on a winding river with good swimming and kayaking/canoeing (seasonal). Access by a Fire Route.

House Rules

Just be considerate and have fun.

Access Road Conditions

Fire road, one lane gravel. Some flexible branches but pretty good clearance. Trucks come in here for deliveries, maintenance, etc.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

We've got lots of room in the driveway.


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We're retired, so whenever we're here, but we'd suggest a visit during the warmer months or fall colour time.


Minden Hills, ON, Canada

Suggested Local Attractions

Lots of lakes and waterfalls. Great roads for scenic driving or motorcycling.
Just Google Haliburton, Minden, Bobcaygeon, etc for activities

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Member Since
January 15, 2016
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21 References

21 Positive References

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References for River Refuge


June 2020

Our first time using Boondockers

The Itasca folks have a lovely spot on the river and were very welcoming upon our arrival. There was plenty of level space to park our RV. They were quick to learn our aspirations and provided suggestions of things to see and do in the area. Overall, it couldn't have been a better experience for a first time user.

Thank you so much!


June 2020

Fun and relaxing weekend one a beautiful property

The hosts were so kind and welcoming. We enjoyed their company and their little dog Buddy! The river was so much fun to canoe down and definitely an experience people should check out! Thank you for everything. We hope to see you again this summer!


October 2019

Incredible stay and day

Hosts greeted us right at the driveway and made our stay very comfortable. We stayed the weekend and with some guidance on the river system and portages from the hosts and buddy we had a great paddle down the most beautiful river for a fall paddle we probably have ever had. Great little spot by the river. Too tired at night to use the fire pit that was offered after a full day of kayaking. Thank you for all your help it was appreciated. Will be back for sure.


October 2019

Awesome stay, thank you!

Really lovely hosts and property! Very welcoming and the backyard and stream is so picturesque. We stayed one night and hope to come back again!


October 2019

Awesome stay

We had a pleasure to stay with our hosts and Buddy the dog over the weekend. We felt very welcomed and enjoyed beautiful property and Algonquin park near by. Thank you for having us over at your place. We enjoyed spending evening with you and our conversations. Sorry we couldn't make back on time for dinner and canceling invitation at last moment. Hope to see you in the future. Halyna and Roman.


September 2019

A very welcoming couple

A wonderful time at River Refuge!

They welcomed me so good that I was shy Loll A charming couple and I will definitive;y go again!
The place is calm, please keep it that way, view on the calm river.
I definitively recommend their place if you want to relax and chat!


September 2019

An Idyllic Haliburton spot with Fabulous Hosts

Camping can’t get any better than this! Beautiful spot beside the river. So quiet and peaceful. Itasca hosts were so incredibly helpful to make me feel at home and to help with a few glitches with my new to me rig. So appreciated. Electrical and water hookups were great to have and wifi worked very well. Tour of the area’s natural wonders was memory making. Would love to visit again! Thank you so much Itasca!


October 2018

Good talks

Talked for hours, great people.
My second stay, will stay again


September 2018


Blake and Elaine were amazing host. Great location, canoeing, hot tub, and many nearby sites to see. Thanks for everything.


July 2018

Incredible hosts

This is what Boondockers is all about. Fantastic easy going friendly hosts. Great tour guides of the local area. We shared a campfire and a meal. Felt like we had been friends forever. Location is super quiet on the river. Great place to kayak. Thank you for the fantadtic 5 days, even though the mosquitoes thought we were steak. Hope to meet again.


July 2018

Great hospitality

Enjoyed the site. Loved the company. The falls were awesome. Peaceful night.

Old Betzy

June 2018


We had just what we were looking for plus.... thank you for taking us to the two beautiful falls in the area. The two of you made our weekend one to remember. Sorry we didn't have a chance to kayak down the river with you hope to do the later in the season. If you come to Sawdust again let us know we would love to join you.


June 2018

Can we come back?

It really is a Refuge. Once again we found ourselves smiling as we drove down Hobbits Lane to our destination. Our smiles did not leave when we met our most gracious hosts. Itasca were funny and witty and so very helpful. Our hosts genuinely cared and were ready to assist and guide us with anything we needed. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We laughed and shared interesting stories. We felt so comfortable. They have a beautiful river just out their back door! I wish I could post pictures! Looking forward to seeing them again. Thank you Itasca!!


April 2018


Real nice people.
Gorgeous site on creek.
Bizarre weather, snow and ice storm middle of April.
Narrow lane, branches were rubbing on my 11 foot class C.
Would definitely stay again.

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