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Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

2018 June 15-17

We were hoping for something a little more ambitious for our first overnight trip of the season, but Diana's old rotator-cuff injury has recently flared up. So we needed something that was a relatively short paddle away. We wouldn't normally consider camping on Grand Lake, but it's virtually deserted during the bug season, especially during the week. We were originally planning on starting two days earlier, but we postponed on the basis of the weather forecast. In retrospect, that turned out to be a good decision.

It was a good little trip. We had good weather, the bugs were manageable, and although we saw other people out on the lake, no one camped close to us.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Our campsite on Grand Lake -- the most westerly site on the north shore of the lake, east of the old railway bridge. It's on a point and the breeze filters through. The next site to the east is arguably a nicer site, but probably not in the bug season.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-17 - map - explore

The campsite was graced by lots of rocks.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

The front porch of the campsite. The notch in the hills across the way is where the old winter road to the Spectacle Lakes used to run.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Looking down Grand Lake towards Stratton Lake.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

It was a nice clear day but the pine trees were doing their thing.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Stringing the tarp; we forgot to bring the step ladder.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Tarp is up but needs adjustment.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

All set up: tarp with bug net in front and our CCS lean in the background.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Looking up Grand lake, i.e. to the west towards the old railway bridge, from in behind our campsite.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

A pink lady's-slipper in behind our campsite.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Diana enjoying her afternoon coffee inside the bug net.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Evening light on Grand Lake looking east.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Evening light on Grand Lake looking across the lake.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Sunset on Grand Lake. From this location, the sun is setting north of the long axis of the lake.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

A little later, Diana enjoying her Bushmills inside the bug net.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-15 - map - explore

Evening visitors.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

We went for a short paddle the next day but we didn't go far. It was basically a solo paddle by Bob due to Diana's shoulder problems. (It's best to rest it now and not lose the rest of the season.)

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

The mouth of Rowan Creek.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

Rowan Creek.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

Rowan Creek.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

Rowan Creek.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

This was as far as we got -- and not very far at that.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

This campsite is on the south shore of the lake near the start of the old winter road to the Spectacle Lakes. It's serviceable but without much to recommend it. Note the pine pollen.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

Time to exchange the trail shoes for imitation Chuck Taylors around the campsite.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

Out front of our campsite.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-16 - map - explore

Bob returning from a successful trip to get water that wasn't completely saturated with pine pollen.

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-17 - map - explore

What's she doing with that camera?

Two nights on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-06-17 - map - explore

Waiting for the coffee water to boil. That's a mosquito coil on the rock in front of the pot. They seem to make a difference.

trip log

Algonquin Park Grand Lake Rowan Creek