2019 - Crotch Lake

North Frontenac Parklands canoe-in camping
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20190915_070334 Crotch Lake has been on our to-go list for a while, ever since acquiring Kevin Callan's
1   Crotch Lake has been on our to-go list for a while, ever since acquiring Kevin Callan's "Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario".
CFrontenac001 From a satellite view, the whole area looks wonderfully remote and rugged. We indentified one particularly promising camp site on an island not to far from the...
2   From a satellite view, the whole area looks wonderfully remote and rugged. We indentified one particularly promising camp site on an island not to far from the canoe launch.
CFrontenac004 We had booked Site 38 three years earlier, in 2016, but ended up not going because my mom was in the hospital that whole summer. We were too late rebooking it...
3   We had booked Site 38 three years earlier, in 2016, but ended up not going because my mom was in the hospital that whole summer. We were too late rebooking it the following year because this site is so popular and fills up fast.
CFrontenac005 The road going into the access point is well past the signs for the lodges that sit at the bottom of Crotch Lake. It's partially hilighted here by a red line....
4   The road going into the access point is well past the signs for the lodges that sit at the bottom of Crotch Lake. It's partially hilighted here by a red line. From this boat launch it's only a twenty minute paddle to site 38.
CFrontenac006 This close-in satellite view shows the tip of Long Island (unfortunately, in its winter cloak). The marker shows the canoe berth and just above it the clearing...
5   This close-in satellite view shows the tip of Long Island (unfortunately, in its winter cloak). The marker shows the canoe berth and just above it the clearing in the campsite. Where I've drawn the line is where a channel separates this bit of land from the larger one. I canoed over only once and explored it a bit, but without my camera.
D6007095 We arrived at the Crotch Lake access point parking lot at 11:30 am on a Monday morning and quickly found our way down to lake level via a one way loop. It was...
6   We arrived at the Crotch Lake access point parking lot at 11:30 am on a Monday morning and quickly found our way down to lake level via a one way loop. It was busy with boats coming in so we had to jostle for space to stop and unload.
D6007097 An hour later we'd found our campsite and had our first load piled up on a tarp in the shade. It was hot and there was no chance of rain. We explored just a...
7   An hour later we'd found our campsite and had our first load piled up on a tarp in the shade. It was hot and there was no chance of rain. We explored just a little before heading back for our second load.
D6007099 By 2:45, we were back with our second load. That's around three hours for loading and transporting.
8   By 2:45, we were back with our second load. That's around three hours for loading and transporting.
D6007100 After a full day of travelling, transporting and setting up camp we managed to have supper at six on the nose.
9   After a full day of travelling, transporting and setting up camp we managed to have supper at six on the nose.
D6007101 The campsite is very large and sunny. We managed to find a good place for our tent back in among the trees where it would get mostly shade. There were a couple...
10   The campsite is very large and sunny. We managed to find a good place for our tent back in among the trees where it would get mostly shade. There were a couple other possible places for pitching a tent.