Closest Access Point: Rain Lake (Access Point #4)
Distance To Access Point: 6.9 KM (2 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy.
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date of Visit: August, 2021
This is a very small site. It’s little more than a clearing hacked out of the shoreline and would probably be my last choice for a stop on Islet. It’s right on the Western Uplands Trail as well, so it’s probably not super private.
Terrain: This is a flat site. The ground was a bit damp when I was there. I don’t know if that’s a constant situation, but I do know that a lot of the other sites I checked out didn’t have damp ground that day. The site clearly doesn’t see much use, and is overgrown in places.
Canoe Landing: I nearly bailed getting back into my boat after checking this site out. That’s as much my fault as the site’s, but it doesn’t help that the canoe landing isn’t ideal. There’s no natural pull up spot. The shoreline is a foot tall ledge all the way around the site. This means you have to pull up to the site, then balance in the canoe as you try and squirm out (assuming you’re wearing your dry shoes and don’t want to get your feet wet, as I was).
Fire Pit: Remember when I said the site was overgrown? Well, the fire pit area is ground zero for that growth. The pit itself isn’t anything special, a small circle of rocks with a semi-obstructed view out to the lake.
Swimming: There are a few weeds and lily pads along the shoreline, which is always a mild negative for me. The underwater terrain is a bit rocky, which means picking your way out. I dunno. You could swim here, but I don’t know that you’d want to.
Tent Sites: There’s room for one tent on the site proper. The good news is that the tent pad is flat and clear. The bad news is that if you’re using it it means you’ve decided to stay on this site and something has gone wrong with your trip.
Accessories: None. Unless you count the cute little sign tacked to a tree that reads “Canoe Camping Site Only”. As though some hiker on the Western Uplands Trail is going to stumble across this site and be like “YES! This is the site for me!”.
Views: You can see the water from pretty much anywhere on the site, but it’s a semi-obstructed view in a lot of places. You’re looking northwest from the shoreline.
Notes: This site is not for me.
Related Trip Report: Canoe Lake to Rain Lake – Day 1
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