Southeast Wooded Pine Island is a fun dinghy day trip for boaters anchored in the vicinity of Go Home, Monument Channel or Indian Harbour. This island is best visited on a warm day with low winds forecasted as it is situated a little offshore.
Preserved and protected by the Georgian Bay Land Trust (www.gblt.org), this 7 acre island is located approximately 2 nm west of Monument Channel and open for boaters and cottagers to explore and enjoy.
The expansive flat bedrock top makes it easy to walk while the gently sloping sides provide wind protection for picnics and afternoon naps. The island also offers great swimming and stunning sunsets. Dogs are welcome, just no fires or over nighting.
The entrance to the harbour, located on the north end of the island, is narrow and shallow in parts however fairly easy for dinghy’s, sea doos and other low draft vessels when water levels are at chart datum or above. Once in, there are quite a few areas to disembark plus many rocks and crevasses to secure your line. I always bring a dingy anchor or grappling hook, along with a spare fender. I have included a chart snippet and photo at the end indicating my basic route and the harbour entrance; just ensure that before entering you post a bow watch and lift your engine.
And not every landing is perfect – this one was a close call – no harm to the prop on that day but I’ve left my mark behind on past visits….all part of the adventure!
With it’s natural rock harbour and unobstructed views of Georgian Bay, Southeast Wooded Pine Island should be on every boater’s bucket list!