Mine is one which looks out to the south. I like to have all the sun I can get because my trips are in May, my favorite time to camp. I like to have a good flat and shady pad for my tent. I like a cool shady nap in the afternoon. Some trees nearby the water to set up my hammock is a favorite. I enjoy a good amount of room at the firepit with some good logs to sit on. Having an easy landing for my canoe is always a good thing. I don't care for sites that have steep landings. Too slippery during rainy days getting in/out of the canoe.
Everything else is just fine...
Life is about being outside enjoying God's world...
I like campsites with a good view, but that can vary widely. I want some wind protection, shade, a decent landing, and I love a view of the sunset and also a view to the north, in case we have northern lights. As I dream and remember, a distance off the main route, or out of sight of it totally, is nice, too.
Mine would be one that looks to the north and west, large open spot for my tent, four good trees near the fire grate for the tarp, plenty of fire wood, nice breeze to keep the bugs away, good walleye fishing right off the shore, and my family to share it with.
Watch out for that rock!!!........ Oooo.... That's going to leave a mark...
The best sites for me depend on weather conditions, and time of year. I prefer open, level sites in mild, warm weather, and closed in sites on cooler, windy fall days.
A couple years ago, on a fall trip, there were cold rains, and wind forcasted, for our first evening out.It was my daughters first trip, and I wanted her to enjoy the trip. I looked for a site that would give us adequate protection from the elements that night. It made all the difference, when it came to our comfort. We were out of the wind, and despite the inclimate weather, we had a great time
"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
I like elevated sites, especially with a nice sitting rock out above the water. Other important things: a good tent pad - level, smooth, grassy, a place to set up the tarp, no bears, no bugs. An easy landing is nice.
If we are just traveling through and looking for a place to spend the night and get going in the morning, the weather is the biggest factor. If it is threatening rain/storms, I want a site that is protected from the wind and does not contain or has minimul "widow makers".
However, if I plan to spend a few days at a site, then I look for something totally different. Mainly I want at least a portion of the site that is open to the lake breeze. This helps minimlize bug issues. I also want a site that has at least one decent tent pad (might as well be compfortable). Third thing I would look for is overall apprearance of the site (clean, nice views, etc.)
Number one priority (although not an absolute necessity) is that the site be located on a lake that affords exploration, via portages, hiking trails, rivers etc., in as many different directions as possible.
My only negative on using an island site is if the island is too small. We camped on a cool little island on Lonely Lake in Q last summer and wouldn't you know it, that was the day I needed to go #2. There was really no place to do so on the island, so I had to get into the canoe and tell everyone, "So long, I'm going to take a dump!" and paddle to the mainland to do my business. I imagine there are island sites in the BW where the latrine might be within view of passing paddlers. So that's my only apprehension about island sites. If my dog were with me, I'd be tempted to plan on camping on islands exclusively as he'd be less likely to wander off and get into trouble.