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We camped at backcountry site 76 (Kirkland Creek) the second night and campsite 90 (Eagle Creek) the third night and ended our trip by staying at campsite 78 (Double Island) the last night. Folks, this is a free trip! No cost for permits or camping except at Tsali, which was minimal.
The five day total was 58 miles of paddling and hiking. There are showers at the Fontana Dam visitors center plus an ice cream cooler! The boys went nuts! We visited the old copper mine off of Eagle Creek, swam in the warm water each day, cooked and ate like kings and sat around the fire for hours making conversation.
We did some work for the Park Service (cleaning out fire pits, dismantling illegal fire rings, inspected food cables and carried away 20 gallons of trash). The boys earned their 50-Miler Award and the Leave no Trace Award plus the Canoeing, Camping and Cooking Merit Badges.
This is a great place to paddle especially from Panther Creek west to the Dam. There is NO DEVELOPMENT on the north shore and very LITTLE on the south shore. We saw a few motor boats but not enough to get tore up about. This is a great lake right in our backyard and it's basically a free trip!
Yes, this trip is great because of the low cost, semi-wilderness setting and multitudes of campsites.
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