Little Island Lake – Campsite #2
There are more things that I dislike about this campsite than things that I like, so let’s start with the good and get that out of the way first. The campsite offers a good amount of shelter from the elements, and even though the fire pit is exposed to the skies above, it would be easy to pitch a tarp nearby for protection. So that’s one good thing about the campsite. There are three tent spots; one is a little bit rocky but the other two are large and sheltered. So that’s another good thing about the campsite. Ok, now onto the things I disliked. The fire pit has really poor seating surrounding it. The campsite is relatively enclosed and doesn’t have good views out onto the lake. There’s nowhere to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. The canoe landing is at the bottom of a very steep and root-filled hill, making it very difficult to get your gear from the landing to the main campsite. In fact, there’s literally a rope tied to a tree that goes from the top of the hill to the bottom of the hill, so you can hold on for support as you ascend or descend. I also saw a huge pile of bear scat in the middle of the campsite, about 15 feet away from the fire pit. It wasn’t fresh enough to be from that same day, but it was definitely from after the ice and snow had melted, so within 1-2 weeks prior. Hopefully it was just a random occurrence and the bear was just passing through and wasn’t able to find any food at the site, so it would have no reason to come back. Although after leaving the campsite I noticed two pieces of rope hanging off branches over the water at the shoreline of the site, so that wasn’t very reassuring either. There are many reasons why the ropes could have been left hanging, but the combo of the cut ropes and bear poop aren’t exactly the things you want to see together. Either way, if I saw bear poop at a campsite I wouldn’t want to camp there, but by the time you read this report it will probably be long after the fact anyways.
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