Booth Lake – Site 5

Site Details

Closest Access Point: Shall Lake (Access #17)
Distance to Access Point: 8.5 KM (2.5 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: August, 2022

Map Courtesy of Jeff's Maps

This is a decent site on Booth’s eastern shore. It’s right in the middle of a stretch of good campsite options, so if you’re heading to Booth it’s not a bad idea to paddle up the eastern shore to see what you can find before looking to the more western sites.

Terrain: This is a flat site once you get up to it, but you do have to climb about 10 feet of embankment from the water. The path is well worn and well suited for most people, but if you are someone with mobility concerns this site may be a bit of a challenge. Once you’re up on the site it’s well spread out, flat and easy to navigate.

Canoe Landing: The site is fronted by a stone beach that makes for an ideal spot to pull up. The underwater approach is sand and stone and free of obstructions.

Fire Pit: The fire pit is close to the front of the site and has a semi to mostly obstructed view out to the water. It’s a nice pit, with a decent bench set up. You’ll notice that there’s smoke coming from the pit in my photo. The site was empty when we arrived to check it out, but the pit was still smoking. Make sure those fires are out folks.

Tent Sites: Room for a few tents at least. Like most of the sites along the eastern shore this one seems to have been built on an old rail bed or road maybe? I’m not sure how else to account for the fact that there’s a uniformly wide stretch of level terrain running up Booth’s eastern shore. Regardless, you’ll have lots of tent space here.

Swimmability: I did not swim here, but it seems like it would be a good spot to swim. The site is fronted by a stone beach that drops gradually into Booth. It’s got a western exposure, which would likely make for a pleasant afternoon of swimming.

Accessories: This is is a built up site. There’s the DIY counter shown above, another counter nearby and some decent benches around the fire pit. When we were there, someone had also left everything you see in the picture above on that counter. I suppose the knife might be useful to the next group, but that paper towel is just going to become a soggy mess. Pack out what you pack in.

Views: A semi-obstructed view of Booth from the site, and a nice beach to sit and watch the sun go down below. There’s a decent amount of tree coverage between the site and the water, which would likely provide some degree of shelter against a strong wind.

Notes: I’d say this is a B+ site. It’s not my first choice on Booth, or even my third, but it’s definitely top five (that I’ve seen so far).

Related Trip Report: Booth Lake 2022

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