Closest Access Point: Canoe Lake (Access Point # 5)
Distance To Access Point: 16.4 KM (3 -4 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy.
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date of Visit: July, 2020
This is a very big site that does not look all that big from the water. There’s a pretty dense amount of tree coverage along the shoreline hiding a decent amount of space to set up shop on. It also kind of looks like the aftermath of a tornado in a lumber yard, as there are a few freshly cut logs down in the middle of it.
Terrain: Pretty flat. The ground cover is a mix of dirt, pine needles and the occasional patch of green stuff that could be grass and could be weeds. This is a pretty enclosed site, in that there isn’t a ton of visibility to the water, but the size of the clearing means that you’re going to get plenty of sunlight when the sun’s overhead.
Canoe Landing: Not the greatest, but not terrible either. It’s not a gradual slope into the water from the shore, more of a step made up of roots and rocks. This means that you can’t really beach the bow of your boat, more you have to pull the boat up sideways like a dock. There are some handy rocks to step out on if need be, but you can get hung up on those same handy rocks if you’re not careful.
Fire Pit: Not much more than a circle of rocks in the middle of the site, but it gets the job done. There’s lots of seating around the pit in the form of log benches (or just logs).
Swimability: You could definitely swim from the canoe landing area. You can wade out without tripping over too many underwater obstacles. I’d still recommend water shoes.
Tent Sites: Lots of space for tents. You could sleep a small army here if you wanted to.
Thunderbox: Straight back of the site in the middle of some very small maple (I think) saplings. Not bad, all things considered.
Accessories: Apart from the log benches, not too much to get excited about.
Views: From the canoe landing you’re looking at the eastern side of Caroline Island about 100 metres in front of you and, beyond that, the north shore of Burnt. This is a great sunset view. From everywhere else in the site your view is pretty restricted by the trees growing along the shoreline.
Notes: I don’t know how I feel about this site. I don’t love super enclosed sites, but this one has lots of room and that’s always a plus. How’s that for a decisive endorsement?
Related Trip Report: Burnt Island Lake
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