Opeongo Lake – North Arm – Site 25

Site Details

Closest Access Point:  Opeongo Lake (Access Point #11)
Distance to Access Point: 15 KM (2.5 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy (unless the wind is up)
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: August, 2022

Opeongo North Arm Map
Map Courtesy of Jeff's Maps

This is a relatively spacious site towards the western end of a string of campsites along the north shore of Opeongo’s North Arm. This site is around a small point from the majority of the other sites in the area (the only one on the same side of the point is site 24, further down the shore) and gets a bit of privacy as a result. That said, site 26 is less than 100 meters away on the other side of the point, and it would be very easy to hear your neighbour if both sites were occupied.

Terrain: Like all the sites along this stretch, this is a level site with lots of space. There are a few tall pines here and there and not much else. The ground is flat, with few tripping hazards. The rise up from the water, while there, is gradual. 

Canoe Landing: The site is fronted by a wide gravel beach that makes for an ideal canoe landing. The underwater terrain is a mix of stones and sand, with no real hidden obstacles to scratch your boat up on the approach.

Fire Pit: A large if basic fire pit well situated in the middle of the site. It’s got a great view out to the water, although the low walls may not do a great job of protecting your fire in a strong onshore wind (but that’s where you put your rock stacking skills to work and build up that windward wall!)

Tent Sites: There’s lots of room for tents. You could host a small army here (provided that army had no more than nine people in it as that is the Park’s max occupancy for any given site). There is plenty of level ground, and not many protruding roots or other bumps to worry about.

Swimmability: This is a very swimmable site. The underwater terrain is a mix of sand and stone, so water shoes might make things more comfortable.

Thunderbox: This is just a personal preference, but I’m not a fan of thunderboxes with toilet seats. To put it scientifically, I find them icky. Therefore, this site’s thunderbox is officially icky (but also well built and easy to find).

Accessories: The site’s got a nice bench set up around the fire pit and quite a few DIY tables and counters of varying degrees of sturdiness. 

Views: Great view west from pretty much everywhere on the site. While there is some shoreline growth, it doesn’t really interfere with the view. That goes both ways, as there isn’t much growth to get between you and the wind (or any passing trippers, so make sure no one’s around before you do that skinny dip).

Notes: I liked this site. I’d give it a solid B, maybe a B+. The proximity to Site 26 is the only real negative, but it’s a pretty big negative as far as I’m concerned. If Site 26 is empty, this is a great option. If it isn’t, I’d see how Site 24 looks first.

Related Trip Report: Opeongo Base Camp

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