Closest Access Point: Tim Lake (Access #2)
Distance to Access Point: 14 KM (4.5 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Medium/Hard
Maintenance Level: Low
Date Visited: August 2022
This site is terrible. It’s just a small clearing in the woods off the side of the portage. If you’re planning on staying here try to get here as late in the day as you can (and still have time to get everything set up safely). Because every minutes you spend here is going to feel like the longest minute of your life.
Terrain: This site is up a hill from the river, but the site itself is quite flat. It’s also not very large. What you see in the above picture is about what you get.
Canoe Landing: The landing doubles as the portage take out. It’s a decent spot, free of obstacles and easy to navigate. There’s an immediate uphill to get to the site, about 20 meters maybe.
Fire Pit: This is one of the shabbiest fire pits I’ve seen. It’s less a pit and more a spot where someone decided to start a fire. The big rock backdrop is kind of cool though.
Tent Sites: There’s room on this site for maybe a couple of tents, if you don’t mind getting cozy with your neighbours. The ground is level, which is a positive. I’d say the usable tent area is maybe 15 feet x 15 feet.
Swimmability: The river does widen ever so slightly as you approach the portage/campsite takeout, but I still wouldn’t want to swim here. It’s not very deep and kind of sludgey.
Thunderbox: Even the thunderbox doesn’t want to have anything to do with this site. It’s hidden down a short path in the bushes. It’s in good shape though!
Accessories: None. Well, none unless you count whatever large animal it was that was crashing through the forest behind my tent at 10 pm that night.
Views: There is no view at all from the campsite. The view from down at the portage/site landing is pretty enough, I guess, but it’s not anything to write home about.
Notes: This site was not good at all. If you’re staying on the Nip in between Big Bob and Loontail Junction you’re going to want to stay either on the site before this one coming from Big Bob (site 1) or the Grass Lake site much further along.
Related Trip Report: Falling Short on the Nipissing River
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