Closest Access Point: Kawayamog Lake (Access #1)
Distance to Access Point: 13 KM (1 Day)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy/Medium
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date Visited: May 2022
This campsite is right on the portage between Sisco and Lorne. Typically, I find portage campsites feel like afterthoughts, like they got there because there were already people working in the area so why not drop a fire pit? This one is no different. It certainly would work for a night, but it doesn’t scream idyllic backcountry experience. It also would be open to anyone using the portage (there’s no separation between the portage and the campsite at all).
Terrain: This is a flat site, dotted with a few trees but otherwise pretty clear. There’s a decent amount of useable space. What you’re looking at is where you’d probably be putting a tent or two.
Canoe Landing: The canoe landing doubles as the portage takeout, so it’s a good spot to load and unload. There is a tangle of roots across the top of the takeout, but otherwise it’s pretty clear for pulling in and out.
Fire Pit: The fire pit is towards the north end of the site, as far away from the portage as you can get. That’s a plus, but it doesn’t have much of a view of anything except trees. The pit itself is in good shape, but small.
Tent Sites: There’s plenty of flat space here. Most of that space is between the fire pit and the portage, so you could theoretically have an early morning tripper tiptoeing fairly close by. That said, you could put up at least a couple of tents and sleep very well on the level ground.
Swimmability: Reusing a picture here, but it’s pretty much the best indication of what the swimming is like. There’s a nice sandy bottom and an easy walk out without much in the way of underwater obstacles. Sisco also looked like a really clear lake, so the water is probably really nice to swim in.
Thunderbox: The box is down a small path to the north of the site. It’s the furthest part of the site away from the portage, which is probably a good thing. The box is in good shape. Only thing, the surrounding woods seemed like it could get buggy.
Accessories: There’s a pretty decent bench setup around the fire pit. It’s facing away from the portage and into the woods. Not much of a water view from here.
Views: There’s a fair bit of cedar along the shoreline, so the only clear view out to the water is from the portage. It’s a nice view though!
Notes: Not much to say beyond what I’ve already outlined. This is a decent site, but wouldn’t be a destination for me.
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