Opeongo Lake – Site 24 – North Arm

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 quiet little site just around the corner from the Red Rock Lake portage. It’s the last in a string along the North Arm’s relatively crowded north shore, but because it’s around a small point from sites 26-29, 1 and 2 it doesn’t feel as busy as those ones do. It’s a decent spot, well worth checking out if some of the better sites in the area, site 2 for example, are already taken.

Terrain: Don’t let the slight rise up from the water’s edge fool you, this is a very flat site (like all the sites along the north shore). Once you’re up that small rise the ground is level with few tripping hazards. The site is dotted with stick thin pines which provide a degree of shade and also make for handy hammock supports.

Canoe Landing: The canoe landing is a relatively small break in the shoreline growth. The underwater approach is sandy and free of obstacles and there’s a nice pull up spot for loading and unloading. You might not fit more than a couple of boats side by side, but it’s certainly more than enough room for one at a time.

Fire Pit: A pretty basic fire pit nicely placed to get a decent view out to the water. 

Tent Sites: This is a very flat site. There’s room for a couple of medium to large tents at least, if not more. 

Swimmability: This is a good site for swimming. The underwater terrain is a mix of small stones and sand and is reasonable for wading. 

Thunderbox: The box is down a short path out the back of the site. It’s in good condition and looks to have been replaced recently. 

Accessories: The site has a couple of log benches around the fire pit. There was also a decent little plywood counter lashed between a couple of pines that would be handy for food prep.

Views: There’s a great view looking west, however that view is somewhat obstructed by the relatively dense growth along the shoreline. 

Notes:  I liked this site in that it felt slightly different from most of the sites that are on offer along the north shore. At the very least, it is not as exposed as the other options.

Related Trip Report: Opeongo Basecamp

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