Algonquin & Beyond

McManus Lake – Campsite #4

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This is the campsite that I stayed on while visiting McManus Lake. The site is on the western shore of McManus Lake facing north/east(ish), just past the beach campsite. It gets the morning sunrise and daytime sun with some late afternoon sun poking in from behind the site. McManus Lake itself is not wide at all, but rather long and narrow and is quite warm in August. The lake is known for its fishing. This campsite has a rock shelf entrance perfect for swimming and sitting on to bask in the sun. There is enough space for three or four tent pads on the site, with one being separate towards the back right, and the others in a large shared area by the fire pit. All of the sites that I visited on McManus have bear cables to hang your food from, as there are no usable trees with branches to do this yourself. Most of the trees on this site are pine/coniferous. The thunder box was a short walk west from the campsite, beyond the isolated tent pad. This site has a nice makeshift kitchen, an existing clothesline hanging, and lots of hooks and nails in the trees to hang your items from. There are a few usable trees to hang a hammock from as well. The downside to this site is that there is no natural seating area around the fire (no logs to sit on, no rocks facing the fire, and no logs on-site to pull over to sit on). At the time of my visit, there was no existing deadfall for firewood, so I had to venture out along the shore to collect some. This site was shared with lots of wildlife including a large garter snake, an enormous dark fishing spider, a hummingbird, and some turtles.

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* Images and information submitted by Laura M.

* Images and information taken August 2023

* Algonquin Map courtesy of Jeff’s Maps

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