Burnt Island – Site 52

Map courtesy of Jeff’s Maps

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 fairly open feeling site on the Burnt’s north shore along the shoreline of the bay leading to the Jay and Sunbeam portages. It’s a decent site, would do for a night, but I probably wouldn’t want to set up shop here for a multi-day stay.

Terrain: This site is built on a slight rise. The ground is flat, but sloped slightly. It’s not all that big of a site, although there is a decently long strip of cleared land along the shore. It kind of looks like someone put a site on an old road (I don’t think this is the case, it just looks that way).

Canoe Landing: Didn’t love the pull up. There are quite a few large rocks in the water guarding the landing area. There’s a rocky gravel beach you can pull up on, but you’re probably going to have to scrape or drag over some of those guard rocks to get there. I ended up hopping out about five feet from shore and just jumping from rock to rock to get there. I’m sure there is a better way to approach the landing, but it’s definitely not as easily accessible as other sites.

Fire Pit: This is kind of a cool looking pit. Someone has used longer, rectangular rocks for part of it so it’s got a different vibe than the usual circle of round rocks. It would probably make for a good cooking pit.

Swimability: You’ll have to pick and choose your way past larger rocks into the open water, but overall not a terrible spot to swim. It’ll be better if you have water shoes one. Significantly better.

Tent Sites: There are a couple decent spots near the fire pit, and I’m sure you could figure out at least one more on top of those along that road strip I mentioned. The tent sites were mildly sloped, but not in a way that would mess with your sleep (unless you’re super sensitive to stuff like that).

Thunderbox: This thunder box has mastered the art of using moss and general greenness to blend in with its surroundings. In other words, it looks kind of old (but still in decent enough shape).

Accessories: Nothing much beyond some very sturdy looking log benches around the fire pit.

Views: From the fire pit you’ve got a nice, semi-obstructed view east down Burnt. There tree cover near the pit is such that you can’t really see in any other direction from your tents. From the canoe landing you’ve got great visibility in three directions.

Notes: This site isn’t exactly where it shows it should be on Jeff’s Map. See below.

Related Trip Report: Burnt Island Lake
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