A CAMPSITE SURVEY OF THE KEKEKABIC TRAIL TRAVELING FROM WEST TO EAST

BY AL RINGER AND PAUL ZOLDAHN SUMMER1997

PARENT LAKE- NICE LARGE SITE. ROOM FOR 3-4 TENTS. GOOD WATER ACCESS FOR FILTERING. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. MAY BE USED A LOT BY CANOEISTS.

BECOOSIN LAKE(WEST SIDE)- NICE SPOT. ROOM FOR 2-3 TENTS. SHORT DOWNHILL TO LAKE FOR WATER. WOOD LATRINE.

BECOOSIN LAKE(EAST SIDE)- NICE HIGH SITE IN NORWAY PINES. ROOM FOR 2 TENTS. STEEP DROP TO LAKE FOR WATER. GOOD WIND EXPOSURE FOR BUGS. DOESN’T APPEAR TO GET MUCH USAGE.

BENEZIE LAKE(SOUTH SITE)- LOWER SITE , POSSIBLE BUG PROBLEMS. ROOM FOR 2 TENTS. GOOD ROCKS FOR LOUNGING AND PUMPING WATER. HIKERS HAVE RARE OPPORTUNITY TO WASH BOOTS AND USE WOOD BOX LATRINE AT THE SAME TIME.

BENEZIE LAKE(NORTH SITE)- HIGHER THAN OTHER SITE ON LAKE. ROOM FOR 1 TENT. GOOD ROCKS FOR LOUNGING AND PUMPING WATER. WOOD BOX LATRINE. TRAIL BETWEEN SITE AND LAKE.

DRUMSTICK LAKE- HIGH CAMPING AREA AT SITE OF OLD LOGGING ACTIVITY. ROOM FOR MANY TENTS. SWAMPY LAKESHORE, NOT SO CONVENIENT FOR FILTRATION OF THIS ROOTBEER COLORED WATER. NEW FIBERGLASS LATRINE.

MOIYAKA LAKE- NICE SITE WITH GOOD VENTILATION FOR BUGS. ROOM FOR 1 TENT

SITE IN NICE PINES. GOOD ROCKS FOR LOUNGING AND PUMPING WATER. WOOD BOX LATRINE IN BAD SHAPE.

MEDAS LAKE- CLASSIC BWCA SITE. ROOM FOR 2-3 TENTS. EXCELLENT ROCKS FOR LOUNGING AND PUMPING WATER. OLD WOOD BOX LATRINE. IF MOIYAKA LAKE IS TOO WINDY, CAMP HERE.

THOMAS LAKE-HIGH SITE BETWEEN KEK TRAIL AND PORTAGE TRAIL. ROOM FOR 2-3 TENTS. GOOD ROCKS A SHORT DISTANCE BEHIND WOOD LATRINE FOR LOUNGING AND PUMPING WATER. NOT ON WATER BUT PREPARE TO BE LULLED TO SLEEP BY NEARBY THOMAS FALLS. MIGHT BE GRAND CENTRAL STATION DURING BUSY CANOE SEASON.

STRUP LAKE- NICE LAKE SITE. ROOM FOR 2-3 TENTS. GOOD ROCKS FOR LOUNGING AND PUMPING WATER. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. SHOULD BE GOOD SITE DURING BUG SEASON.

HARNESS LAKE- BEAUTIFUL LAKE SITE WITH SCENIC VISTAS ALL AROUND. ROOM FOR 1 TENT. EXCELLENT LOUNGING AND WATER PUMPING ROCKS AT LAKE NEAR BABBLING BROOK. WOOD LATRINE. SHOULD BE GOOD SITE DURING BUG SEASON.

AGAMOK LAKE(WEST SITE)- NICE LARGE SITE. ROOM FOR 3-4 TENTS. EASY WATER ACCESS. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. NEAR BRIDGE WITH RAPIDS WHERE AGAMOK RIVER MURMURS ITS LULLABY. APPEARS TO BE HEAVILY USED BY HIKERS AND CANOEISTS.

AGAMOK LAKE(EAST SITE)- HIGHER SITE ABOVE LAKE IN HARDWOODS. ROOM FOR 1 TENT. EASY WATER ACCESS DOWN TRAIL TO LAKE. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. APPEARS TO BE MORE SECLUDED SITE, STILL AGAMOK RAPIDS SING.

GABIMICHIGAMI- NICE SMALL SITE RIGHT ON LAKE IN CEDARS. ROOM FOR 2 TENTS. EASY WATER ACCESS. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. APPEARS TO BE HEAVILY USED BY CANOEISTS, FIRE GRATE 10’ FROM LAKE.

HOWARD LAKE- VERY SMALL SITE IN WET AREA. HARD TO FIND DRY AREA FOR TENTS. EASY WATER ACCESS. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. APPEARS TO BE HEAVILY USED BY CANOEISTS.

 

 

BINGSHICK LAKE(NORTH SIDE)- NICE LARGE SITE. ROOM FOR 3-4 TENTS. EASY WATER ACCESS. FIBERGLASS LATRINE. APPEARS TO BE HEAVILY USED BY HIKERS AND CANOEISTS. TRAIL LOCATED BETWEEN LAKE AND TENT SITES IN CEDARS WITH POSSIBLE BUG CONCERNS.

BINGSHICK LAKE(POINT SITE)- EXCELLENT LARGE SITE. ROOM FOR 5-6 TENTS. EASY WATER ACCESS AND SITTING ROCKS. FIBERGLASS LATRINE ACROSS TRAIL FROM CAMP SITE. APPEARS TO BE HEAVILY USED BY HIKERS AND CANOEISTS. GOOD OPEN AREA FOR BUG BREEZE.