Pen Lake Campsite #11


Topography of under-water approach: The steep parts of the rock point are unsuitable for landing. However, by paddling around to the east part of its south side, one can come ashore at a gentle sloped area amongst weeds and some small rocks.

Impediments to disembarking from and/or unloading a canoe: While there's only room to beach one canoe at a time, there's plenty of room to unload gear and to pull out canoes.

Topography to tent sites: A moderate slope and a short trail leads up to the campsite.

Looking due west across the point to the west shore of the lake. The better landing area is to the right of the rock slabs ...

Looking down, toward the better landing area ...

Looking up the short trail, toward the campsite ...


Campsite maintenance: regular

Size of open area: 70' x 90'.

Extent of tree cover: Tall pines provide substantial shade to the campsite. However, they have few lower branches, leaving the quite 'open' at ground level.

Degree of levelness: Very level over a large area.

Number of level tent sites: Ample area for many tents.

North exposure: Pines block the north wind pretty well.

East exposure: Dense forest effectively blocks east winds.

South exposure: A few trees break-up the south view from the actual campsite. However, closer to the lake, the rock point provides a great open exposure

West exposure: A line of trees block the view, but do little to block the west wind.

In order to be able to benefit from west-wind-blocking tarps, this tent had to be located to the rear of the site, where the trees are spaced closer together ...

The firepit is located near the top of the trail from the landing ...

A panoramic view looking south and west from northeast of the firepit ...

If you have binoculars or a telephoto camera, you stand a good chance of seeing moose across the lake in the morning and evening ...

General description: Good for large group, with ample area for many tents.

Overall accessibility: Easy to unload at southside beach, with an easy grade up to the actual campsite.

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

Submission May, 2013 by Barry Bridgeford .. visited June, 2012