Burnt Island Lake – Campsite #37

Burnt Island Lake – Campsite #37

Campsites
Burnt Island Lake – Campsite #37 This is a pretty island campsite with lots of open rock to spread out and enjoy the sun. It’s great for a large group. There’s good seating around the fire pit and plenty of places to pitch a few tents. It’s in a very high traffic area directly facing the portage leading into Burnt Island Lake, and a second campsite also shares the island. So despite being a pretty site, if you’re looking for any sense of privacy whatsoever, this site clearly isn’t the right choice. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites View from water View onto water Interior of site Fire pit and seating Tent spot Tent spot Tent spot Trail between campsites Mid-island canoe landing Mid-island canoe landing…
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Burnt Island Lake – Campsite #28

Burnt Island Lake – Campsite #28

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Burnt Island Lake – Campsite #28 I’ve camped on Burnt Island a few times but I’ve never thought too highly about most of the campsites on the lake. This site took me a bit by surprise. It has a very accessible sloped rocky landing on the south side of the site, in its own private little bay. There’s plenty of room to accommodate a large group with multiple places to pitch tents and lots of seating surrounding the fire pit (plus a small secondary fire pit, but I can’t see why you would want to use it). There’s a massive split tree right by the shoreline, which makes for rather interesting campsite décor. The main downside with this campsite is its very close proximity to the site just north of…
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Joe Lake Western Narrows – Campsite #2

Joe Lake Western Narrows – Campsite #2

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Joe Lake Western Narrows – Campsite #2 I found this campsite to be a bit odd. Its massive chunk of rock definitely makes it an aesthetic site, but it was hard to know what’s part of the site and what isn’t. I landed my canoe on the east side of the site where there was a small fire pit with two log benches. Climbing to the top of the massive rock, there were some flat patches of ground for tents, another small fire pit, and plenty of rock to enjoy. The weird part is that there’s a cottage just east of the site, and when I was at the top of the large rock I noticed a tent maybe 10-15 meters behind the site. There were no other signs that…
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Joe Lake East Arm – Campsite #8

Joe Lake East Arm – Campsite #8

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Joe Lake East Arm – Campsite #8 This campsite is on the southern shoreline of Joe Lake’s East Arm with a long rocky shoreline to enjoy the sun and go for a swim. There’s a very small fire pit by the water with no bench seating, just the rocky ledge in front of it. A short trail takes you inland to the rest of the site where you’ll find a few sheltered tent pads. The trails went on a bit further but I didn’t explore any more, so either it leads to even more tent spots, or just to the thunder box. Either way, this site offers little privacy by the water, but good privacy and shelter inland for your tent. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of…
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Joe Lake East Arm – Campsite #5

Joe Lake East Arm – Campsite #5

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Joe Lake East Arm – Campsite #5 This is a rather large and spacious campsite in the east arm of Joe Lake. It has a very accessible beach landing and tons of seating around the fire pit. There are plenty of places to pitch tents as well, making it great for a large group. It’s an exposed site so doesn’t offer much protection from the elements. It's also right in the middle of a very high traffic area so there is very little privacy, but if you’re camping on Joe Lake you hopefully already know that. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsite View from water Interior of site Interior of site Fire pit and seating Tent spot Tent spot Canoe landing * Images and information taken…
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Baby Joe Lake – Campsite #1

Baby Joe Lake – Campsite #1

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Baby Joe Lake – Campsite #1 This is the sole campsite on Baby Joe Lake, which makes it a good option for morning and evening solitude. During the day however, it will have plenty of people passing by as they travel to and from Burnt Island / Joe Lake. The campsite itself isn’t so glamorous but it does offer all the essentials; a very accessible canoe landing, a fire pit with lots of log bench seating, and flat ground to accommodate multiple tents. It doesn’t offer any nice views and there’s nothing particularly special about this site though. The main appeal is for people who want privacy during the mornings and evenings without venturing farther into the backcountry. (Click on the images to view larger) Map of Campsites View from…
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Little Otterslide Lake – Campsite #4 2020

Little Otterslide Lake – Campsite #4 2020

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Little Otterslide Lake – Campsite #4 - 2020 This was my second time camping at this site – the first time was during my first solo night in the park. I knew this site would offer the shelter that I needed from a brutal day of wind and rain. It’s got a few level tent spots, a big fire pit and seating area, and a surprisingly cozy feeling for a site that isn’t so flashy or glamorous. There were two squirrels who were WAY too curious though. I couldn’t leave my food or gear unattended for more than a few seconds without them attacking it. They’ve probably been fed by humans too many times. Don’t feed the wildlife! Even if it’s just squirrels. That was the only annoying thing about…
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Otterslide Lake – Campsite #3

Otterslide Lake – Campsite #3

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Otterslide Lake – Campsite #3 There’s a lot going on with this site. The main area has a fire pit with a few (limited) seats around it, some chunks of rock, and one flat spot for a tent beside the water. Further beside that area is some large open rock by the shoreline, a great place to sunbathe, enjoy the view of the distant shoreline, and watch the sunset. Behind the site are a few trails upward, leading to a few more tent spot options and the thunderbox deep into the forest. Other than the seating around the fire pit, this site is good for a large group and I can see why it’s a popular option on the lake (Click on the images to view larger) Map of campsites…
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Big Trout Lake – Campsite #4

Big Trout Lake – Campsite #4

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Big Trout Lake – Campsite #4 There was something about this campsite that I really enjoyed… it just seems like a fun site to stay at. Before trying to haul your gear up the mountain of small rocks (which probably makes for an epic tobogganing hill in the winter), note that the proper canoe landing is on the south side of the island with a staircase leading you to the top. The top of the site is very flat with plenty of seating and level ground to pitch multiple tents. With its beautiful west views and rocky shoreline at the bottom of the mountain, and a rather normal interior, I feel like this site would actually be pretty fun to camp on. As long as you don’t mind the climb…
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Big Trout Lake – Campsite #3

Big Trout Lake – Campsite #3

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Big Trout Lake – Campsite #3 This site has a shallow beach to land your canoe, and a small gradual incline to the main area of the campsite. It looks a bit overgrown and I can tell that the site is probably rarely used. But the grassy ground makes for a soft place to pitch a tent and like many other sites on Big Trout Lake, it offers a gorgeous view down the lake. I was a bit shocked to see a thoroughly built shelter behind the site, complete with a wall of branches to act as a wind break, a large flat rock to act as a night table, and some lashed together branches to make it very easy to hang a tarp roof. If you’re a minimalist who…
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