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Old 11-09-2017, 06:45 AM   #1
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Stillwater resevoir campsites ?

I plan to spend a few days canoeing, camping on the Stillwater next year. Looking for recommendations for a base campsite and places to visit. The left shore looks nicer. I know I have to pick my site at the launch. Want a quiet site with a view that's somewhat central. I hammock camp so a level tent site isn't an issue nor is an easy launch. Several options would be nice incase #1 is taken.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:04 PM   #2
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Wow - and I thought I started planning trips early....

Big Burnt Lake area is nice, not many motor boats go back in there, more secluded feel. 16 (SW corner of Trout Pond) and 17 (island on shallow pond at north end) are ok sites and more secluded, but are also sheltered against prevailing wind direction - not recommended when bugs are in force. I also was there in spring - not sure if waters by these sites get mossy/weedy (16) or stagnant (17) later in year. 19 is nice, good central location, access a little steep but not bad, does have some wind exposure, better in bug season. 15 was swampy, did not check 18. 4-mile hiking trail at north end of Trout Pond looked very promising, though did not venture far - on my to-do list for future trip. Bass fishing very good here as well, if you are so inclined.

Loon Lake (island site 28) is picture-perfect beautiful, but broken glass around backside of the island was a bit of a buzz-kill for me (though much of that may be hidden at higher water levels). Speaking of which, Loon Lake requires a short carry if water levels are down. You also will hear road traffic here, though road is not heavily used. Worth the trip even if you do not stay there.

I did not paddle into Beaver River for a beer....that is also on a future to do list.

Good luck!
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Old 11-09-2017, 11:11 PM   #3
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Where you stay may depend upon what you're paddling...as you know it's gets pretty rough there sometimes.

Also, are you just gonna hang at a campsite, or do you plan to do some side trips?
Some great stuff from Big Burnt Lake leading to Salmon and Witchhopple lakes.
Also the near side where Conk starts many of his paddlewhacks, Raven Lake and beyond.
I would definitely do Witchhopple Lake and Beaverdam and Little Rock ponds.
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:02 AM   #4
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I would be paddling my Nomad which does well in the wind and I do want to do side trips -a beer at Beaver River Station is defiantly on my list. I plan to build in a "wind Day". Conk's trips are interesting, but I don't want to go all the way to his extreme.
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Witchhopple is actually fairly easy after the one mile carry to Salmon Lake. Most of Witchhopple's outlet is navigable, reducing that carry to about 1/4 mile...
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:43 AM   #6
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All of the above, plus I have often beached at site #3, Evergreen Landing, and carried my canoe up to Evergreen Lake for some interesting paddling and successful fishing. There are other interesting ponds to visit nearby Evergreen as well.
With wife and kids we liked to go to site#25, where there is a small protected bay with frogs for the kids to catch.
In my early days of solo paddling a 17' grumman, I once stayed on the island on Loon Lake, and got wind bound there for longer than planned. Most memorable on the small island was a very loud chorus of frogs overnight that made for a tasty breakfast.

Note: more than one boater has succumbed to the often high winds on Stillwater over the years.
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Old 11-10-2017, 12:20 PM   #7
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Site 16 in Trout Pond is OK. The wind can be a pain getting back though...
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