White Trout Lake – Campsite #8
If you’ve ever paddled through White Trout Lake you’ve probably seen this campsite occupied… and for good reason. This was my second time camping on the lake, and even on my second try, I didn’t get the site. Luckily I had 3 nights on the lake so I camped on Campsite #7 for my first night and was able to snag the island for my second and third nights. But anyways, let’s talk about the site. It’s a tiny island with a rocky beach landing and a steep incline via stairs to the main site. The front rocky shoreline is magnificent and its sharp slants remind me of the Dragonstone throne from Game of Thrones. It offers a perfect view of the sunset and tons of space to lay out and watch the stars. Inside the campsite there are more tent spots than you’d ever be able to fill. Everywhere you turn is another patch of flat ground to pitch a tent. Ironically, I set up my tent in a spot by the water that definitely isn’t meant for a tent, because it offered the best wind protection and shelter from a storm I was expecting. The site is highly exposed to the elements, but I rode out a thunderstorm and windstorm without issue; the tarp made a huge difference of course. The only downsides are i) no wood on the island, ii) highly exposed to the elements, and iii) steep incline from landing to main site. But none of those things bother me and this easily ranks in my top 5 favourite sites in Algonquin.
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