Tom Thomson Lake – Site 6

Closest Access Point: Canoe Lake (Access Point 5 )
Distance To Access Point:  12.7 KM (3 hours)
Difficulty of Travel From Access Point: Easy.
Maintenance Level: Regular
Date of Visit: July, 2021

I liked this site. It’s close to the tip of a point, which I’m always a fan of. It’s got a decent amount of space and nice views. Can’t really ask for much more.

Terrain: This site is built on a slight hill. It’s not enough to be a challenge, but it’s not all on the same level, either. That being said, the various parts of the site, the tent spots, fire pit area etc. are all nice and flat. Not much in the way of tripping hazards either. All in all, this is an easy site to get around.

Canoe Landing: The shoreline is rocky. There are a couple of spots you can pull your boat up in natural landing slips between the rocks. There are quite a few rocks underwater though, so depending on water levels you could find yourself scraping bottom as you come in.

Fire Pit: The fire pit is well situated in the middle of the site. You’ve got a nice view of the lake, but not much protection from an oncoming wind. That’s okay though, because the fire pit is, at least right now, a pretty well built pit. It’s got high walls facing the water that should provide some protection from the wind.

Swimability: This is a decently swimmable site. It’s got a nice southern exposure which means it gets sun for most of the day. The shoreline is rocky, so you may want your water shoes. There are quite a few places where you can wade in, and what looked like a decent spot to do a mini jump after a bit of wading.

Tent Sites: I saw at least a couple decent tent spots, and probably room for more if you don’t mind sleeping on a couple of roots. Two of the tent pads are close together, a third is a bit further away (and closer to the water).

Thunderbox: The Thunderbox is a short walk behind the site. It’s in good shape, but the same caveat applies to pretty much every thunderbox in the area: this is a well trafficked site. The thunderbox sees a lot of use. That can get pretty gross later in the season.

Accessories: There’s a U of logs around the fire pit that are meant to be benches, and that’s about it.

Views: This site is pretty open to the water. There are a few trees along the shoreline, but not enough to get in the way. You’ve got a nice view south and east. The sun sets behind you, so if you want a sunset view you’re going to be paddling.

Notes: I like this site. Big enough to put a large group on with nice views and a great location.

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