Chances are, you have been to Riding Mountain National Park. But, have you been to Moon Lake? It's north on Highway 10 about 40 km south of Dauphin. So, basically right between Wasagaming and Dauphin. It's known for lots of wildlife. You better believe we saw the bears. Mama and babies were just casually strolling across the trail and along the lake. If you're lucky you'll see moose, too. We weren't that lucky this trip.
The campground is two, separate loops. It has 25 unserviced sites (although a few are paved, making them great for trailers or RVs), an awesome day site area (with fire pits, picnic tables and woos), three oTentiks, a bathroom with running water and a 9.2 km hiking trail. It's first come, first serve, thus you will have to self register. You can use a credit card number, cash or check. We went over the August long weekend and there were six available sites. We even snagged a lakeside one! Although, because of the hiking trail and the amount of trees, the lake view was minimal. But, there are a few sites that do provide a great view.
If you put anything in the water (including a paddle board!), you'll need an inspection. Be sure to do that in Wasagaming before making the trip to the campground.
You can catch both a sunrise and a sunset. The sunrise view is perfect from the campground. You'll have to go to the dock to catch the sunset. Check out this stellar pick of R on the dock at sunrise with the fog coming off the lake! It got pretty cold our first night and it created an incredible morning.
The sites are very private. Many of them have a long entry way or are L-shaped. You can keep your food in your vehicle or one of the random bear boxes that are in the campground. Also, they provide firewood. This is an awesome perk of Riding Mountain National Park.
This campground nearly has it all - it's small, the sites are private, it's on a lake, hiking, wildlife, availability and not too far from amenities. The only thing it's missing is a beach. But, you can go to Clear Lake for that.