North Tea Lake – Site 15

Closest Access Point:  Kawayamog (Access Point #1)
Distance To Access Point: 15 KM (3.5 – 4 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy.
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date of Visit: July, 2020

I only stopped on this site for a break in the middle of a 35 KM day, but I really liked what I saw. It’s a point site that’s, for the most part, raised about fifteen feet above the water. It gets a great breeze and has a really nice view west along North Tea.

Terrain: This site is on two levels. At water level there’s a lot of growth; grass, weeds and small bushes. Climbing up a small hill gets you to the main body of the site where the fire pit is and most of the tent spots. This is more hard packed dirt and pine needle coverage. No matter where you are, there’s usually going to be a slight slope as this site is at the midpoint of a hill.

Canoe Landing: There’s a rocky canoe slip you can use on the south side of the site. There’s only enough room to load/unload one boat, but it’s a pretty stable loading zone. There are a few rocks in the underwater approach though, so keep an eye out for that.

Fire Pit: Really nice fire pit with high walls facing the water. This is probably pretty important as I imagine the site can get a bit of a wind blowing through it from time to time. The pit area is pretty nice, with a few benches and nice (semi obstructed) views out to the lake.

Swimability: I’m not 100% sure what the swimming here would be like. Based on what I saw around the shoreline, water shoes are probably going to be key to helping you enjoy wading out into the lake. The site is just after a pretty shallow area coming out of Mangotasi, so it may be that you have to go out a distance before you get deeper water.

Tent Sites: A few decent spots to put your tents. The ground is level enough, especially considering that the entire site is built on a hill. There’s also a really grassy spot at the bottom of the site that you could use, but that may be super buggy depending on the time of year.

Thunderbox: Up the hill aways from the site. It’s in pretty good condition.

Accessories: A couple of log benches and a small stone table. Every time I write the words stone table I think of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Just an FYI.

Views: There’s some tree coverage along the shore, so you’ve got semi-obstructed views south and north. Looking west from the fire pit area it’s a pretty good view down Tea. From the canoe landing area the brush is high enough that it kind of cuts off the view.

Related Trip Report: Return to Kiosk (pt. 2) – Storm’s Coming
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