Shad Lake – Site 1

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Closest Access Point:  Kawayamog Lake (Access #1)
Distance to Access Point: 24 KM (1.5 – 2 Days)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy/Medium
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: May 2022

Map Courtesy of Jeff's Maps

This site feels like an afterthought. It’s at the end of a road that leads down from outside the Park’s boundary and I think it exists because the clearing was there already so why not make it a site? I wouldn’t want to stay here, but it’s a decent launching spot if you’re coming from that road.

Terrain: This is a small, flat, grassy site. It’s maybe 25 feet deep and twice again as wide. The road connects to it from the east.

Canoe Landing: The landing is a mix of sand and dirt. It’s a pretty easy spot to pull up. The shoreline merges into the water gradually and apart from a few pieces of driftwood in the shallows there aren’t any underwater obstacles.

Fire Pit: The pit is towards the back of the site, on the western edge. It’s not much to look at and I’d be a bit worried about starting a grass fire. I suppose it does have a nicely unobstructed view out to Shad, FWIW.

Tent Sites: The site, such as it is, is fairly level. I don’t recall there being specific tent pads, but you could fit a couple of mid sized tents here.

Swimmability: The swimming seemed like it would be decent. The underwater terrain is sand and the bottom drops out gradually. It’s a nice wade in. 

Thunderbox: The thunderbox is down the road slightly, then up a short path on the north side. There were signs when we were there. It looks like it was in pretty decent condition.

Accessories: None.

Views: This is a south facing site. There are no trees along the front of the site itself, so you’ve got a nicely unobstructed view across Shad.

Notes: The only reason I could think of to stay on this site is if I drove to the Park boundary late at night and needed a place to crash before starting my trip. But, also, this is not an official access point so I don’t know if parking here for a long period would even be possible.

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