Lake Name: North Tea Lake, West Arm
Number of Campsites: 35
Number of Permits Issued: 28
Closest Access Point: Kawawaymog Lake (#1)
This Report: Campsite #22
Length of Stay: Day Visit
Date Visited: September 2023
This is the big brother to Campsite #21, which shares the same tiny island with this campsite. The reason I say “big brother” is because it’s literally elevated up on a rocky cliff, so it feels “bigger”. It’s also better than Campsite #21 in most ways. The only reasons why Campsite #21 is better is because i) it provides more shelter from the elements, ii) it is flatter and more accessible, and iii) there will be fewer people passing by in front of the campsite. But now let’s talk about the reasons why this campsite is better. It has a double driveway beach canoe landing with a row of rocks to help keep your feet dry as you load and unload your gear. You need to climb up some stairs to get to the main campsite, which makes water access a bit of a pain, but it comes with the benefit of having a beautifully elevated view from the main campsite over the body of North Tea Lake. The campsite is quite large and spacious. It’s mostly open and exposed to the elements. There are trees to pitch a tarp, but if it’s a windy day, most of the wind will find its way into the campsite. The fire pit is great and has lots of flat seating, even though some disrespectful campers decided to carve their names into the benches. Surrounding the fire pit is lots of flat ground to pitch any number of tents that your group may have. As already mentioned, water access can be annoying because it requires climbing up and down the stairs, but that’s a small trade-off to pay for an otherwise beautiful site. The other important thing worth mentioning is that Campsite #22 shares the tiny island, so if it’s occupied, you’ll likely hear people from that party, and may even see them too. But it’s actually Campsite #23, on the nearby small island, that will probably impact privacy even more. The canoe landing for Campsite #23 is directly across from the canoe landing for this campsite (visible in the back of the “Canoe Landing” image below), so the sounds of people coming and going, and the sounds of the group from inside Campsite #23, will probably be more of a nuisance. Even though this campsite is really beautiful, if your main goal is privacy, this campsite probably isn’t the right choice for you. But if you don’t mind hearing and seeing your neighbours, this is a great site to choose.