Maple Lake – Campsite #2
This campsite is tucked away behind Campsite #1 so it may be easy to miss. But when I approached it, I was thrown a curve ball… it had a beach! Maple Lake is dominated by large boulders, not only at the campsites but throughout the whole lake, and here was this random little campsite with a sandy beachfront. The beach isn’t too large but it’s definitely big enough to relax at and enjoy on a sunny day. There’s also a very small fire pit on the beach. Just like the nearby Campsite #1, there’s a flight of stairs leading from the canoe landing to the main campsite area. The main campsite offers decent shelter from the elements. It has a small fire pit with lots of seating around it. On one side of the fire pit is a trail to the thunder box which is pretty easy to view from the fire pit area, and on the other side of the fire pit is a very large tent spot that can accommodate two tents. Since the main campsite is up the stairs, it doesn’t offer a good view out onto the water, so you would need to hang at the beach for that. The site looks a bit overgrown and I’m guessing it doesn’t get used too often, but honestly it’s not a bad site at all. As long as you don’t mind the stairs. I do have to say, I felt super bad for this campsite. When I was out for an evening paddle on the lake I noticed that the island Campsite #1 cast a shadow directly over this campsite during the sunset. Like, the shadow literally just covered this campsite and nothing else. It was kind of humorous but also kind of sad. I’m guessing that despite facing west, the sunset view may be limited due to Campsite #1 blocking it, but maybe, and hopefully, this wouldn’t be the case at different times of the year when the suns location is slightly shifted.
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