Maple Lake – Campsite #5
This is like the smaller brother campsite to Campsite #4. It’s located directly beside Campsite #4 and shares a lot of similarities, while still being different with its own campsite personality. Like Campsite #4, this campsite has rocks and boulders at the shoreline, though this site is a bit more difficult to find a good spot to land and unload a canoe (this can change depending on water levels). But the amazing swimming opportunities are definitely still there. The island overall is about half the size of Campsite #4 and has much more of a stranded island feeling to it, like Campsite #9 in the north has. The island is open and spacious at the front, but a bit hilly throughout the centre of the island. The front half of the island is a massive slab of rock offering endless opportunities for lounging, swimming, sunbathing, and stargazing. On a sunny day, it’s a dream come true. In bad weather, not so much. The fire pit doesn’t have the same spectacular views as Campsite #4, but it’s still a nicely built fire pit and has more seating surrounding it to accommodate a larger group. There are three tent spots nearby the fire pit, meaning even this teeny island can support a larger group. The obvious downside to this campsite is that it would probably be second choice for many compared to Campsite #4, and since they’re so close in proximity most people wouldn’t want to take this site if Campsite #4 were already occupied. But honestly, on a sunny day with fair weather, this site shouldn’t be one to go unnoticed. I’m a huge fan of it, that’s for sure.
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