Opeongo Lake – North Arm – Site 28

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 one of a string of above average sites along the north shore of Opeongo’s North Arm.  They’re big, flat and well set up. Pretty much the only drawback, and it is a bit of a drawback, is that the sites are relatively close together, and they’re all fairly open concept so there’s a decent amount of exposure to the water. On a busy weekend you won’t be looking at a lot of privacy. That said, I liked this site in particular. It’s big, has a nice beachfront and is well set up.

Terrain: All the sites along this stretch of Opeongo are fronted by a beach that’s mixed gravel and sand. There’s a small rise up from the beach to the rest of the site. Once you’re up that rise, the site is flat. Like, pancake under a bulldozer flat. It’s a big site. With plenty of living space and room for two or three tents at least.

Canoe Landing: Remember that beach I was telling you about? Turns out beaches make for pretty good canoe landings. There are no real obstacles on the underwater approach and there’s plenty of room to load and unload.

Fire Pit: The fire pit is situated towards the front of the site. It’s got a mostly unobstructed view out to the water and was in decent shape when I was there. 

Tent Sites: There’s room on this site for quite a few tents. More than you’re likely to need at any rate. You could set up three 3-4 person tents on the site proper and not be too close together.

Swimmability: Great site for taking a swim. It’s got a southern exposure and keeps the sun through most of the day. The underwater terrain is a mix of sand and pebble, so water shoes are a nice option but not a must.

Thunderbox: The thunderbox is down a short path out the back of the site. It’s in decent shape, but looks like it sees a lot of use. 

Accessories: There’s a bushcraft counter near the fire pit and a couple of log benches that are closer to the log end of the log/bench spectrum. Other than that, it’s a basic site.

Views: Great view south across Opeongo. While there is some vegetation growing between the site and the water, it’s not enough to make it seemed enclosed. Conversely, I would expect this site would be fairly exposed to a strong wind. But it’s kind of worth it for that view!

Notes: This would probably be my third or fourth choice site along this stretch. That’s not taking away from it, it’s a good site, it’s just that there are a couple I like even better (sites 2 and 25 in particular).

Related Trip Report: Opeongo Base Camp

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