Manitou Lake – Campsite #5
This campsite is on one of the small islands in the north end of Manitou Lake. It shares the island with another campsite, and the two sites are so close by that in my opinion they should be reserved as one site. This site is more open and exposed, with big chunks of smooth rock by the water that provide great opportunities for swimming, stargazing, and watching the sunrise (like the “Canoe landing” image below, but a lot more of it). The fire pit and seating area isn’t as good as the adjacent site, and because of how exposed it is, the site wouldn’t be good in windy or rainy weather. There are one or two small tent spots to choose from, but exactly halfway between the two sites is a massive tent area. If you can use both sites together, you get the best of both worlds, but if you have to choose one or the other, it’s a bit of a toss up and I’d say comes down to personal preference. You can check out my report of Campsite #6 to see the pros vs. cons and the main differences, but both of them are spectacular sites in my opinion.
UPDATE: As of August 2022 it was reported that this island is infested with a large number of cockroaches.
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