Mattowacka Lake – Site 3

Site Details

Closest Access Point:  Kawayamog Lake (Access #1)
Distance to Access Point: 20 KM (1 – 1.5 Days)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy/Medium
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: May 2022

HAHAHAHAHAHA. I mean, this site’s a joke, right?

Terrain: This site sits on a hump of moss and scrub on a small point that separates the main part of Mattowacka from a smaller (and swampier) bit behind it. There’s nothing growing on this bump that’s taller than a Hobbit. The trees are all tiny evergreens. Walking through them you feel like you’ve arrived at a Christmas tree farm two years too early.

Canoe Landing: The best spot we found to pull up the canoe was a rock shelf right in front of the campsite sign. There isn’t an easy place to beach the canoe, so it’s more of a step up. The lake bottom drops off fast enough, so the underwater obstructions are minimal.

Fire Pit: Is it a fire pit or did a bunch of rocks just decide to give up on their dreams at the same time? You decide. (the pit is nicely located though. Right at the front of the site, good view out to the water).

Tent Sites: You know what, there are actually a couple of decent tent spots. The ground is very flat and the spots are big enough for medium sized (think 3-4 person) tents.

Swimmability: Swimming area is the same as the canoe landing. It’s not the best or easiest entry, but honestly, if you’re staying on this site you’re going to make it work, because what else is there to do?

Thunderbox: The thunderbox is down a path towards where the point meets up with the broader shore. It’s actually in pretty good shape. That makes sense, because my guess is no one ever uses it.

Accessories: It looks like the site is slowly trying to swallow the fire pit and benches. Those benches are in pretty good shape though!

Views: This is the view out the back of the site. The one thing I can say for this site is that you’ve got unobstructed views in every direction, which is nice. The reason they’re unobstructed is that there’s nothing taller than a kindergartner growing anywhere on the point, but that’s beside the, uh, point.

Notes: I’m probably being too harsh on this site. It’s functional. It’s not currently on fire. You could definitely sleep here. That said, I’d have legit concerns about being here in a lightning storm. You’re going to be the tallest thing around.

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