Closest Access Point: Kiosk (Access # 29)
Distance to Access Point: 18 KM (4 – 4.5 hours single carrying)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Medium (a few portages, some creek paddling)
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: May 2023
This is a mediocre at best site, especially in comparison to its nearby neighbour, site 7. Working in this site’s favour is the fact that it’s an island site, and it’s pretty sheltered from the elements. Working against it is a kind of weird layout and a general sense of dankness that doesn’t scream “I want to stay here”.
Terrain: This site is kind of weird in that the site proper, the fire pit area and tent pads etc., is separated from the shoreline by a hill. The site is on one side of the rise, and the water is on the other. This means you’ve got a bit of climbing to do, both ways, if you’re going to the water for anything. Other than that, it’s a nice site to walk around.
Canoe Landing: The front of the site is slopes into the water a decent angle. Full disclosure, I didn’t try to land a canoe here, I just wandered over from Site 7. I actually don’t think I’d love loading/unloading here because of the slope of the rock. Would be harder to steady the boat and get the bags in without torquing your back I think.
Notes: So, I would probably never stay on this site. While it’s a decent enough site in a vacuum, it’s nowhere near as good as its neighbour, site 7. If Site 7 is open, I’d take it over this one every time. If site 7 is taken, well, I don’t want to be that close to my neighbours. Actually, hold that thought, for a late season trip, I’d maybe set up here and make use of site 7 as well if both were empty.
Related Trip Report: Birchcliffe, The Nip and Some Hills