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Old 02-13-2019, 11:29 AM   #1
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Indian Lake Campground Reservations

Hey All,

It's that time of year again, when I stare at maps and plan summer paddling/camping adventures while the snow flies and the winds howl outside.

This year I was hoping to camp on Indian Lake, which I've paddled on a couple times while staying at Lewey Lake campground but never camped on. Some members of my extended family are going to meet us and camp at Lewey Lake for a weekend in July, and my wife and I figured we'd spend the week prior doing some primitive canoe camping. I thought mid January would be plenty early enough to reserve a site on Indian; suffice to say I was very wrong. Indian was pretty much all booked up for the whole summer by that time. Our back up plan is to go to Little Tupper, which we've been to multiple times and love, but we'd like to camp and explore someplace new. Also it would be great to already be so close to Lewey Lake, where we have a site reserved for a weekend.

So my question is, is it common for sites to come open at Indian as the season gets closer? I'm thinking when people reserve 9 months out, alot can happen in that time. Also, is there a place online where maybe people sell or trade reservations?
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Old 02-13-2019, 02:59 PM   #2
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So my question is, is it common for sites to come open at Indian as the season gets closer? I'm thinking when people reserve 9 months out, alot can happen in that time. Also, is there a place online where maybe people sell or trade reservations?
I don't think its common for sites to open up as the time gets closer. If they do become available you won't have a shot at them unless you signed up on the Reserve America site to be notified of new availability. Be aware that not all the campsites are offered for reservation. They hold out a few sites, maybe not the best ones, for potential people that just show up at the campground to camp.

It took me a few years to figure out that you had to reserve them at 12:01 am 9 months prior for summer camping otherwise they are gone. Winter is a different story... they are all available!

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Old 02-13-2019, 03:07 PM   #3
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Also it would be great to already be so close to Lewey Lake, where we have a site reserved for a weekend.
While not remote Mason Lake has a couple of campsites on it (first come basis) as well as the Perkins Clearing road... both are close to Lewey Lake.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:30 PM   #4
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Thanks, Bioguide. Oh well, I guess a few days at Little Tupper won't be so bad.
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Madison,
If you're looking for a few days of primitive canoe camping, does this mean that you can/will carry in if need be?
If so, there are a handful of spots I would recommend, some more remote than others.
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:17 AM   #6
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Stripperguy,

I'll be using a lightweight Kevlar canoe and normally do not object to carries. This is my annual anniversary trip with my wife, however, so for this particular trip I would prefer no carries. The last time I took her on a multi-carry long distance trip, I did not score many points with her.

However, I'll be doing at least one and possibly 2 more trips in the area later in the summer/fall and would appreciate your suggestions.
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