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newguy
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01/21/2022 08:24AM  
What's your favorite EP or lake with a view over the area? I've heard of Rose Lake, which I haven't visited yet. Is that your vote? What are other options? A few years ago, we visited Fairy Lake (in the Fourtown lakes area) and took the eastern campsite, which is quite steep and provides a great view over the surrounding area. Another example was the southeastern campsite on Lynx Lake, which has a kitchen area situated mere feet away from a 20-ft straight dropoff to the lake.

The best examples wouldn't require us to get a specific campsite, though! It could mean there's a shared trail or path to get to a lookout, etc.
 
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Michwall2
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01/21/2022 09:09AM  
Some that I have visited:

Thunder Point. This is the point of land where Knife Lake splits into the north fork that follows the border and the South Arm of Knife. There is a path up to near the top of that hill to an overlook facing west. USA is on the left and Canada is in the right.

Cliffs on Winchell Lake. Starting from the west side of the cliffs, there is a path that winds it’s way to the top.

At the top of Eddy Falls. If you step east of the portage toward the stream you can look down over SAK.

In campsite #1431 on SAK, walk up behind the campsite. The is a view both east and west of SAK. On the west side of that rock there is a natural chair looking west. My youngest spent many hours sitting reading a book on a wind bound day.



thegildedgopher
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01/21/2022 09:38AM  
the hike up to clearwater palisades is hard to beat.
papalambeau
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01/21/2022 01:40PM  
Site #1053 on Malberg is a nice elevated site. You have a nice view of the narrows and the lake from this elevated site. The fishing from shore isn't too bad either.
cyclones30
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01/21/2022 06:41PM  
Your examples of "high view" aren't that high compared to what's been mentioned. Are you really just wanting a high-up campsite? Or an actual overlook to visit where you can see miles type thing?

Check out the Tumblehome podcast episode where they rank vistas. Some big hitters in there.

But yes, Rose has a BIG one and a lot more out in that area on the Border Route hiking trail which you can pick up in numerous spots, head to the overlook, and head back.

But the Clearwater palisades come to mind, cliffs on Winchell as mentioned...Thunder Point on Knife.

Along the Moose River North not long after putting in at the entry is a trail up to a nice lookout. But none of these spots above are campsites, just places to check out. If you want a "high up" camp I'd start a different topic. Here's the view from the Moose River N spot
01/21/2022 09:49PM  
I thought this most NorthWest Campsite on Tin Can Mike a couple years back was beautiful. It is not used much, but the hill behind the pads yielded some of my favorite views of all time.

 
BonzSF
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01/22/2022 12:10PM  
There's a nice view from above the campsite on SAK. It was a little bit of a climb but well worth it
newguy
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01/22/2022 01:03PM  
These are all great -- keep them coming! We'll be picking an EP (and maybe a backup) in time for permits on January 26.

Both campsites and non-campsite options (hikes/trails/etc) are all good!
Wolfee
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01/22/2022 04:54PM  
Little Sag has at least one campsite that is elevated above the lake and gives you a great view.
 
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