Manitou Lake – Site 43a

Site Details

Closest Access Point:  Kiosk (Access #29)
Distance to Access Point: 13.4 KM (3-4 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy (depending on weather and your appetite for long portages)
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: May 2022

This is a great site. One of my favourites so far. It’s got a wide beachfront, decent living area and great views across Manitou. You can’t really ask for much else from a site (don’t believe me, ask the bugs living in the swamp out back … oh, right, so that’s probably the only drawback here). 

Terrain: This picture kind of says it all. The site has a wide beachfront that wraps around a private bay. There’s a small rise up to the site proper. The only downside to this site is that there’s some low lying marshy bits surrounding it (that the bugs love).

Canoe Landing: I mean, it’s a wide beach. Land on it. (The underwater approach is completely clear and free of any kind of obstruction).

Fire Pit: The pit is nicely situated in the middle of the site. Up the rise from the beach, but with a great view out to the water. The pit itself is well built, with higher walls facing the water to protect it from the wind. There are a couple of half decent grills floating around as well.

Tent Sites: We used one of the best tent spots for our bug tent. It’s up a small rise overlooking the beach. Apart from that, there are a couple of other spots that work for tents. Of course, there’s all the beachfront real estate you can ask for as well.

Swimmability: Seems like a really wide beach with nice sand and none of that brown mucky leafy stuff wouldn’t be a bad place for a dip.

Thunderbox: The box is a short walk back of the site. It’s in pretty good shape, but is also pretty buggy. 

Accessories: Apart from these benches, not much in the way of amenities. Of course, the beach kind of makes up for the lack of DIY bushcraft side tables.

Views: Uh. Fine, I guess.

Notes: I loved this site. Don’t know what else to say about it. The only thing I’d suggest is making sure you’ve got bug juice, a bug tent or a thermacell if you’re staying here in the spring.

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