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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Taylor Bay Dry Camping




WOW! Little did we realize how pretty and pristine Taylor Bay would greet us. The Forest Service Ranger who recommended the campground was right on. This was our first attempt at truly dry camping. The campground does not offer any utilities, with only a single vault toilet.


However, the camp sites are spacious, gravel and well shaded. The campground includes a paved boat ramp and small dock. The location is near the Energy Lake and Nature Center of Land Between the lakes (LBL). The only requirement is purchase of a $20 annual back country camping pass and all the LBL is yours. I recommend you do yourself a favor and explore the LBL and back country camping. Dispersed Camping is available in all federal lands only for your asking.
We enjoyed a shaded site fairly level and with a good view of Taylor Bay. We could launch our Kayaks from the boat ramp and tour the bay and creek located at rear of the bay. We have so enjoyed our new "boats". We only have to launch a 45 lb. boat and paddle our way around in quiet waters. I can even fish from the boat. No motors, noise or pollution from the kayaks.
We survived dry camping for 4 nights on our water tanks. We showered in the motorhome and utilized the generator sparingly. We enjoyed company from home on Sunday, cooking steaks on the grill and playing in the lake with the kayaks.
We had a near full campground for the 4Th of July holiday. However, not a full campground on such a holiday is great. During the fall we should have the place almost to our selves and a much more quite experience. If I included a map I would have to kill my readers to keep the place a bit secret.
I do recommend you tour the LBL and visit the back country sites. You may camp anywhere off a paved road unless the are is prohibited. This is dispersed camping at its best. Have fun and save my some fish fillets.
Happy Trails,
Barry

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