- Northern Harbour, Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada
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Location: About 22 miles west of Northern Harbour on the west rack; turn south about 1 mile past Ash Rapids turnoff through Ogema Bay
Description: This is an interesting weekend alternative to the usual south or southeast travel on the lake. Cul de Sac Lake is a small pretty lake with unusually clear deep water said to contain trout by local fishermen. It has high rocky fairly open shoreline which provides good hiking. A small beach is present in the bay on the east side.
Shore Mooring: Because of the deep water and steep drop-offs shore mooring is almost a necessity. Good shelter is available from the north, east and south, in the bay on the east side, with plenty of water depth off the beach. The small bay to the north of the channel provides space for several boats to tuck in. (Beware deep water and anchor snagging rocks). The point of land at the entrance to the channel provides good camping and campfires with evidence of plenty of past use.
Hazards: Hazards are well marked in Cul de Sac Lake and Ogema Bay. Stay to the north shore in Ogema Bay and use the east side of the island in the narrow channel. The chart shows shallow water in the channel but Cybele draws 4 feet and had no problems even during 1987’s low water. A fishing friend assures me that there is 8 feet plus of water.