Islet Lake – Site 8

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

To start off with, I’m not 100% sure this is actually a canoe camping site. On Jeff’s Map and the official Park map it shows up as a hiking site. However, there’s a sign for the site facing the water and you don’t usually get those on hiking sites. I think you could plead ignorance if you stayed here and it turned out it is a hiking only site. Why would you want to risk it? Because it’s a pretty decent site. From the water it doesn’t look like much, but the seemingly overgrown shoreline hides a really big space with actually pretty decent western views.

Terrain: This is a flat site. Getting to the site from the canoe landing takes you down an overgrown path, but after that it opens up. The site proper is dotted with the occasional pine, but in a way that only makes the site feel bigger somehow. The ground is level and there are no obvious tripping hazards to speak of. The western exposure to the lake is partially obstructed, but not terribly so. You can still see the water from the center of the site.

Canoe Landing: The underwater terrain here is sandy with quite a few large rocks that you can wedge yourself between when you pull up. There are three possible spots to unload, the least obvious of which from the water is the best one. All three are in the same small harbour area facing south down Islet.

Fire Pit: The fire pit is smack in the middle of the site. It’s well built with a couple of levels of rock to give some semblance of a wall. You’ve got a nice view out to the water through the trees from the pit.

Tent Sites: This is a large, flat site. You could put a tent pretty much anywhere and be happy. I’d say there’s room for four or five tents, not that you’re likely to have that many on a given trip.

Swimming: That sandy canoe landing area I mentioned looked like a nice spot to wade in as well. Apart from a few large rocks the underwater terrain is flat and free of obstacles.

Accessories: There are a couple of average log benches around the fire pit. There’s also a bushcraft counter a little away from the fire that someone has made by putting what looks like a bench log on top of two stumps. Good for prepping meals and sorting gear.

Views: You’ve got a semi-obstructed view west out of the site. The view south is fully obstructed. From the shoreline you’ve got a really nice view across Islet.

Notes: I liked this site. I’d stay here if Site 2 was already taken.

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