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Goat Island

Goat Island 1
N 45°59.047’ W 081°54.474’
45.98411 -81.90790

Goat Island 2
N 45°59.113’ W 081°55.371’
45.98521 -81.90618

If you’ve ever driven through Manitoulin Island and asked a local where there is free camping for the night, you were probably sent to Goat Island. It's not far from the TransCanada Highway and easy to find with the hydro tower for a land mark, and an easy to remember name…Goat Island rd. The ground is really rugged. A two-star rating on it best day. A mattress, cot or roll out pad might be necessary for a good night sleep (if you’re the slightest bit fussy, or not in a larger vehicle for camping). It’s far from Idyllic, but if you want to explore the islands or are just on your way somewhere else, it’s more than adequate for that. On the plus side though, no potential wake ups in the middle of the night by a man in a uniform. Located just off the water, like all my spots, there was a lot locals fishing in the area. I'd imagine an afternoon with a rod and reel wouldn’t really be a waste of your time. As a side note I met a guy who makes good money fishing with a magnet so mind your lures. Situated just across the Swing Bridge from the Manitoulin Site, but like I stated on that page…is that one even allowed? I doubt it. Guerrilla camping? A 45-minute drive from Bridal Veil Falls, a place you have to visit, swim and play at, at least once in your life. One of those bucket list places, trust me. Manitoulin Island is huge so if you do decide to explore it for yourself, you will need a starting point. This could be a so-so base camp to launch your adventure from.

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