Camping in May has some serious and potentially deadly hazards. Not the least of these is the COLD water! I believe that anyone who ventures into any back country in May (or even early June) should jump in the water to get a true appreciation of how cold it is. It still boggles my mind how many people I see NOT wearing a PFD, especially at this time of year. Wear your PFD, stay close to shore and have a water-proof fire making kit on your person!
We spent one night on Magnetawan and two nights on Little Trout; it was my first visit to either of those lakes. The most tedious portion of the trip by far was the long road from Kearney to the landing at Magnetawan Lake; lots of washboard!
We arrived later in the day so it was very convenient to simply park and paddle to our first campsite. Also, because the van was just around the corner, we were able to drop off some garbage after breaking camp on the first morning. For you purists, I realize that the last thing you may want to do on the first morning of your trip is to stop at your vehicle, but when you have kids on the trip (one in diapers) this was a great option!
Our wildlife sightings were limited to waterfowl, a creek full of suckers (hours of entertainment for the young Lily Dippers in our group!) and a couple of beautiful speckled trout; great entertainment for the older Lilidippers in our group!
I was reminded of some very useful tips that helped to make this trip a success:
-Have a tarp readily available for a shore lunch. We experienced heavy rain on our last day and a shore lunch under a nice tarp was great!
-All-mesh bug jackets are cheap, pack well and allow you to enjoy the outdoors during the worst of blackfly season. Did you know that if you get a bug jacket a size too large, you can easily bring your arms in and enjoy y0ur dinner or beverage in your own mini mesh tent!