BATHTUB ISLAND

KATHERINES COVE

N 47°26.625’ W 084°44.988’

47.44375 -84.7498

One of the things about travelling is asking other people their favourite places, and then seeking them out. These often blossom into something cool. Apparently a very popular place, in 2020 I swung by on a cooler day and had it to myself, this year there was a few more people. I’d stopped in at Katherine’s Cove previously for the picnic tables and the little beach. A conversation with a mother and daughter at a laundromat in the Soo made me interested in looking more. I asked where was their favourite place and they went right off, extolling its beauty. Personally, I’ve clocked a few places in Lake Superior PP, but this one like Old Woman Bay I can share with everyone. I really thought it was worth the stop and hike, and would recommend it. Note there is a path that has you hiking less from the highway. Apparently, law enforcement cracks down on pulled over vehicles just to discourage this behaviour and help prevent some of the hikers going through the sensitive dune areas. Take the walk from the Cove parking lot. A shallow walk out from the shore the water drops right off past the island. The bowls of shallow water warm up nicely in the summer. It’s like walking into a group of seven painting, and as soon as you see it, you’ll know exactly what I mean. As an aside, I helped an elderly woman with a cane down off the edge of the rock when I was leaving. She looks at me and says "I don't know why I do this shit..." My answer, "because your stories not over yet." She laughed and agreed. If you're driving through, or camping in the park, stop in. Note that due to theft in 2021 you can no longer purchase your Park slip from the Katherine Cove Parking lot. Hopefully, that’s temporary.

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