POINTE DES CHÊNES

N 46°28.390’ W 084°31.088’

46.47316 -84.51813


A little different than all the other beaches on the list, this one is in the heart of Sault Ste. Marie close to the airport. Michigan is right there and some huge great lake freighters are always coming and going in front of you. Last year the Soo kept the park closed for Covid and it was autumn, so it was deserted. I’d pull up to the gate and there would be three or four other people in the whole park, so I got into some of my heavier elixirs of spiritual enlightenment and took myself down a few rabbit holes there. This year it was business as usual I'd guess, so I just hung out both times I blew through the Soo. The miles of beach are laid out with sections divided by loose stone walls that I'd suppose were to stabilise the sands against erosion, but really give you a sense of separation. Like it becomes your own personal piece of beach. Lots of space to enjoy, the area is huge and woven through with paths. Parking is free and there are all the amenities on top of a nice clean beach. Incredibly shallow, you can walk out forever (and ever?). You could easily tuck yourself away and do guerrilla camping its so big, but there’s nowhere to hide your vehicle. You Can also Guerrilla camp just down the road at Marcs Cove, its way more convenient. One of the things you might notice is the mix of the Ontario dark waters into the great lakes. Most days its plainly visible from the shore.

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