Closest Access Point: Kiosk (access #29)
Distance to Access Point: 13 KM (3-4 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy/Medium
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: May, 2022
This is the first site on Manitou’s north shore as you come from Kiosk (not including site 1). I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t need to be your stop. If it’s late and you need a place to crash, sure, otherwise, there are other, better options not that far away.
Terrain: This site is built at the top of a small rise up from the water. The shoreline is fronted by piled rocks, the rest of the site is mostly grass and dirt. While it is on a hill, it’s not a difficult climb. There are relatively few tripping hazards.
Canoe Landing: It’s not a great landing. There isn’t a natural slip or pull up spot. The shoreline is jumbled rocks, and there are quite a few below water that are tailor made to scratch the bottom of your boat.
Fire Pit: The fire pit is nicely situated at the top of the site. It’s got a nice view out to Manitou. It’s a pretty basic pit, as you can see from the picture.
Tent Sites: It doesn’t look like this site is used much. As you can see from the picture there’s a bunch of small growth on this tent pad and it was the same with the others. The couple of decent spots I found seemed level enough.
Swimmability: Duplicating a picture here, but this is a good idea of the swimming options as well as the landing. The underwater terrain is rocky, and the entry/exit requires some careful footsteps.
Thunderbox: The box is down a short path out the back of the site. It looks pretty new and was in good shape. All in all, not a bad spot to enjoy your surroundings!
Accessories: This chair is pretty awesome. The benches are okay as well. Apart from that, not much (but come on, that chair!)
Views: There isn’t much tree cover along the shoreline, so views out to Manitou are pretty nice from all over the site.
Notes: There’s nothing wrong with this site, but there’s nothing great about it (aside from that badass chair).
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