Hilliard Lake Campsite #1


Topography of under-water approach: Two possible landings, both shallow and sandy. The one further east was a small v-shaped landing framed by a small sandy/earthy point on one side and a steep rock face on the other. The southerly landing was more narrow and exposed. No underwater obstructions to either landings.

Impediments to disembarking from and/or unloading a canoe: None.

Topography to tent sites: Short incline up to campsite area from the landing. Roughly 1.5 meter elevation from waterfront.

Choice of landings, eastern ...

Second landing, facing southwest ...

Looking southwest down the lake from campsite ...

Looking northhwest across north bay ...


Campsite maintenance: regular

Size of open area: 80' x 20' .

Extent of tree cover: 5% canopied over firepit/kitchen area on main pt, 90% canopied within selected tenting location.

Degree of levelness: Sufficiently flat around firepit and tenting area.

Number of level tent sites: 2 flat sites adequate for a <=3 person tent. Alternate flat tenting location located away from main exposed point provided little wind protection.

North exposure: Protected from the North winds – site backs on to forest.

East exposure: Landing and tent site adequately protected from strong east winds, main firepit would be exposed.

South exposure: Southern exposure from canoe landing and main firepit, tent site adequately protected.

West exposure: Firepit and landings are exposed to strong westerlies. Tent site adequately protected.

General description: Fair campsite overall. Good day-long sun exposure on exposed grassy/sandy point would provide potential for those seeking a lounging spot. Appears to be a good swimming spot as well – water drops off into 4m+ depths just off west of point. Main firepit fully exposed to western and southern winds with no overhead protection. A 2nd less-used firepit was located under protective treed canopy closer to tenting site. Thunder box located north of tent location. No issues with firewood. Bank’s tapered rises provided natural seating along the rooted duff/sand. Good sunset views but limited sunrise views. Thick forest of mature hemlocks provided good overhead cover for the tenting location.

Overall accessibility: Good.

Site’s main firepit and seating area ...

Tenting location behind exposed point ...

Thanks to Jeffrey McMurtrie of Jeff'sMap for supplying the base-layer map component by Creative Commons licensing.

Submitted by Stephen Molson, April 2010