Wow! What a beach. I'm feeling hungry for breakfast.
Pancake Bay is like one of those oases (who knew the plural of oasis was that?) along the up and down crazy road between north and northern. The beach is gorgeous, sandy and long with enough room to have your own private space, but if you want to get in the water I would suggest to arrive in either August or September or on one of those more and more frequent plus 40º celsius days. It is Lake Superior after all.
Trying to look excited about not swimming. June 2010.
The view from our site. #236.
I would also suggest to spend at least two days at Pancake Bay because there is definitely enough to do in the area. Agawa Rock is a great hike and as long as you are wearing non slip shoes you can check out the Ojibwe pictographs. I do have to point out that if you do slip they have ropes in the water you can climb to get back on the ledge. Thanks. Slowly these pictographs are being eroded so take the time to see a glimpse of Canadian history. Just a note that Agawa Rock is actually in Lake Superior Provincial Park so you may want to check this out if you stay at Agawa Bay Campground.
See what I mean by non slip shoes?
There are two trails if you like hiking. The first is the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout Trail which can be tailored to fit the length of time you wish to hike from 2 hours to 7 hours. There is a lookout where you get a great view of Lake Superior, plants, wildlife, and lakes, marshes and falls, oh my! This is more of a hike for hikers, but it doesn't disappoint. The Pancake Bay Nature Trail is right inside the park and is suitable for everyone. It is lined with nine different educational signs that tell you all about the area surrounding Pancake Bay. Things like the pitcher plant;
Natures insect trap.
Run the glacier's trying to kill us.
I have a soft spot for Pancake Bay and I'm sure I'll be back here more than once after this ten year experiment, but trying to be objective here it goes.
Site Cleanliness: Good. Just a little left over from previous campers.
Privacy: Depends on the site. The numbers I have highlighted are good but others are not.
Hiking and Activities: Great. There is a ton of hiking and they offer programs throughout the summer for campers of all ages.
Fire Pit and Amenities: Excellent. All the fire pits are great, a picnic table for all the sites, and the comfort stations are very good.
Beach Quality or Ease of Getting to the Water: Amazing. Again for the sites I have highlighted it is amazing, but for all the sites it is easy to get to the water and the beach is beautiful.
Overall Impression: I love this spot, maybe because my wife loves it so much, but also because it is beautiful.