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Sawpit Bay

N 46° 58.3374' W 84° 45.6648'

46.9722, -84.7610

A beautiful established free camping site, easy to find because of the Sunset Shores Campground sign you can use as a landmark. Well shaded and tucked away enough to feel secluded the actual campsite is magnificent. There is another site just on the other side of the rocks. Even if you do arrive and the actual sites are occupied, it’s not a problem. There is ample space round to pitch a tent and create a temporary site without infringing on or crowding the occupants (Hopefully, you find a kindred spirit.). This location is a mix of three of Lake Superiors landscape types mixing. A sandy beach with smaller than fist sized rocks gathered along the shoreline, and some basalt rising slightly out of the waters. The stones are beautiful and in a huge assortment of colours and patterns. You see the whole spectrum in the rocks I collected, and there was a huge quantity in red and green with gold veins that reminded me of Asian jewellery I’d seen in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, in Vancouver. They’re so beautiful that every single day at least five or six people show up and take away shopping bags full. I saw hampers, five gallon buckets and even a family loading a pickup truck. It's sad that it's so prevalent, and I commented to one of them her response, oh I thought I was the only one, and carried on. I wish the MNR would even just post a sign saying its illegal. If you listen under the water, there is a musical sound of all the pebbles rolling off each other almost like wind chimes. Music from the beauty. No garbage can or toilets so be prepared to doggy bag it. The area is surprisingly clean every time I am there so I hope you can respect that tradition and carry out whatever garbage your visit creates. You're also going to want to bring a pair of shoes to swim in. The basalt creates a nice spot to swim breaking the waves, rising up like teeth as the rock drops off...

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a piece of art I made while camped over in 2021

© sleeping under the stars 2021

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