Islet Lake – Site 5

Map courtesy of Jeff’s Maps

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

Dear Islet Lake, Site 5. No. I do not want to stay with you. I’m sorry. It’s not me, it’s you.

Terrain: This is a small, flat enough site that doesn’t look like it gets a lot of use. Part of that may be because of the four foot slope from the water up to the site. That may not sound like much, but it’s a steep slope and a pain to navigate even without a pack. The site itself is level, if a bit overgrown.

Canoe Landing: As mentioned above, the landing area isn’t great. The shoreline is rocky and there’s an immediate slope up to the site itself. You would definitely be pulling in parallel to the shore here and even so loading/unloading would be a challenge.

Fire Pit: The fire pit is towards the back of the site. It’s a basic circle of rocks that doesn’t look like it’s been used very much.

Tent Sites: There are two good tent pads on this site. They straddle the fire pit, one closer to the woods and one closer to the water. There was what looked like a pile of bear poop near the second site when I was there, so maybe if you’re staying here take the water spot.

Swimming: The shoreline isn’t super inviting for swimming, but there’s a cool little island about fifty feet offshore that would be fun to swim to.

Accessories: The benches around the site are actually pretty sturdy. Nicely built and still in good shape. That’s about it for accessories though.

Views: The trees grow thick along the shoreline for most of the site, meaning you’ve got an obstructed at best view out to the water. This site feels pretty enclosed, which I didn’t love. From the water’s edge, so down the four foot slope to the canoe landing, the view of Islet is actually pretty nice. But the ground there is so slope-y that you couldn’t even put down a chair to sit and watch, so any sunset viewing will be done from the canoe or standing up.

Notes: This site isn’t for me. There are quite a few better options on Islet.

Related Trip Report: Rain Lake to Canoe Lake – Day 1
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