Rock Point Provincial Park

Review Date: June 2014

General Information / Location

Rock Point Provincial Park is located South West of Niagara Falls, and on Lake Erie.  It’s a really nice drive if you’re coming from the 401.  I suggest taking highway 54 from Brantford.  It follows the river, and is a really nice winding drive.  We came from London, and took the back roads along the lake, towards Rock Point.  There are a lot of nice small towns to drive through, which is always nice.

Address:

215 Niece Rd
Dunnville, ON, N1A 2X5

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Entry / Layout

RP.Overview

The park is located off a back country road.  After a short drive through the forest, you arrive at the main gates.  One quick thing to note, there is a guy selling firewood right outside the main gates.  I didn’t stop here, but if you want firewood cheaper, I would suggest buying from him.  However, I’m not sure how dry his firewood is, as you can see it all piled behind his house without shelter over it.   There is ample parking before the gate, which allows you to go into the office, and register.  The park is split into 4 campgrounds, which you can see above.  There are 3 main bathrooms / showers throughout the park, which provides fairly easy access to all campsites.  There are some vault style toilets along the beach as well.  There is lots of parking for day visitors to access the beach, with the park store near by.

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General Discussion

We spent most of our time in Kinsey Campground, so I can speak confident about that campground.  It’s your basic one-way campground loop, with a bathroom in the center.  There are also paths that lead to the beach on the west and east side of the campground.  The top of the loop is basically a long grass field, with a few trees placed about.  It’s almost swampy, but maybe more marshy.  I could hear bull frogs around my site, which was kinda relaxing. The majority of the sites are not very private, but if you have a large trailer, you can position it to give you some privacy.  The sites were mainly surrounded by long grass, and the surface of the site was grass.  It didn’t seem like we were camping in a forest, but more of a grass field.  I will also say, that it is VERY wet.  80% of the sites had A LOT of water on them.  It might have just rained heavy, causing this wetness.  It looks like when it rain, water pools more then I’ve seen elsewhere.

I did quickly ride through Niece Campground, and it was just as wet.  However, it seemed a lot more foresty here.  There is also a path to the beach on the south end of the campground.  I would suggest NOT camping on the main road that goes through Niece.  (I think there are a few campsites, but not many).  The sites seem to be a little more private in this campground, specially on the southern loop of Niece, but still not great.

Minor Campground, and Lookout campground I didn’t spend to much time in.  When quickly biking through, I could tell the forest, or bush was alot thicker.  I can’t comment on quality of sites, because I didn’t really go into the campground.

The roads through the campgrounds are all gravel, and car do travel fairly slow on them.  The only exception is the road coming from the office, through Niece Campground.  It seems like a Main artery, and cars will drive faster here.  The campgrounds are all flat.  No hills, rocks, etc.

The beach is fairly long, with a path on-top of the bluff running the whole length.   The beach isn’t great.  Pebbly sand, littered with sticks, etc, etc.  It also seemed to be really windy on the beach, which could be normal I guess.  There are change rooms / bathrooms near the bluff, spread out along the length of the beach.  I didn’t go into the water, but it’s definitely not a sandy bottom beach like Long Point or anything.

If you walk EAST, you will get to the “Rock Point”.  It’s a very small point of rock, where they say you can find fossils, etc.  The problem is, it’s covered in sea shells, and not very fun to walk along IMO.  Still worth checking out.

The only trail is the trail that follows the length of the beach.  It’s a decent trail to walk and bike on.

I don’t think this park offers many activities, but I did see a baseball field near the park store, but the entrance was covered in water, and didn’t look like the field had been used in years.

There wasn’t soo much officer presence here, but the officers did drive by 1-2 times an evening.  No issue there really.

There is a park store, on the WEST side of the park, close to the day parking.  It contains small hamburgers / hotdog type restaurant, and of course all your typical park store amenities.  It has ice cream, and chairs and tables to sit outside.

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Best Campsites

The list is fairly short.  The sites weren’t great here TBO.

– 160 fairly private

– 155 is decent.  Tree’s on the site, which is nice. Still surrounded by grass, but more tree’s then most.  Nice trailer pad

-150 has some nice evergreen tree’s around you.  Like you’re camping in the forest. Decent privacy

67, 69, 71, 73 are kinda neat.  Nice forest behind it.  Open forest with not much bush. Sites are fairly Open / wide to the road, but can hide behind a big trailer.

Pro’s

– A nice trail / path on the bluff of the beach.  It’s a campground on the water, which is always a PRO

– Take a look at one of the comments below.  They describe a neat activity with bird banding.  Sounds neat.

–  Hmm…, I’m really not trying to be negative here, but I can’t really think of a PRO to this campground.  It’s in a really nice area of the province (near some neat towns), but nothing really to write home about.

Con’s

– Wet.  Campsites were all waterlogged.

– Beach isn’t very good.  You won’t find beach sand here.

– Sites are all grassy.  Surrounded by grass.

Surround Area Activities

Should I camp here?

I’m unfortunately going to say no.  There just isn’t anything to bring me back to this campground.  Usually there are a few trade-offs with campgrounds.  Ex: Good beach but bad campsites, good campsites but bad beach.  However in this case, I can’t think of much positive things to say about this place.  I really didn’t like camping in a grass field, but I understand that near Lake Erie, that’s kinda what you get.  If the beach was spectacular, then it’s a good trade-off.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  I think they would have been better off putting a few campsites directly on the bluff, then it would make it worth coming here again.

8 thoughts on “Rock Point Provincial Park

  1. This is a great park. We go in September after the kids have gone back to school. It is an old park. Sites are a good size. The beach is rocky but lots of fossils. The bird banding station is at the park and a must see. The volunteers will take you on their rounds to find any birds caught in the nets. They then take the birds back to the station and band them, measure and log them. Very cool! We also do some wine touring when we are there.

  2. Rock Point is a nice place for a short trip. I’ve camped here many times since its close to home. Great paths and trails for bikes Dunnville is close by to pick up whatever you need 15 min ride My sites I like are 139,141,150,152,153,154,155,160,164,176,177

  3. I think this is one of the best parks in southern Ontario We go at least twice a year. When compared to Bronte Creek, Turkey Point, Selkirk and more I would take it anytime. I hate parks that you have to drive to beach. Or better yet leave park to get to the pool. I’ve been as far away as Rene Burnell and Blue Lake so have a good view of Provincial parks (46) It’s a great park

    • Pinery is the worst for having to drive to the beach or even trails! It’s way too big of a park IMO. I’m with you, I like parks you can walk to the beach and trail heads!

  4. I love the idea of camping on grass! Obviously you are not a tent camper! The majority of Ontario Parks campgrounds are gravel not grass and that includes the tent sites. Camping on gravel is not only uncomfortable but very dirty as the gravel and rocks stick to your feet even when you take your shoes off just before entering your tent. I’ll take grassy sites any day of the week over gravel when it comes to tent camping! Grassy sites = pro for tents!

    • I do agree with you regarding camping on a grass floor. It is great for tents. I don’t like the gravel floor, but I prefer a bare forest floor. So dirt mixed with pine needles. Whenever I see a grass campsite, I think of a grass field for whatever reason.

  5. I agree with Kathy and Lisa, this is a nice campground! It’s called rock point so no, don’t expect soft sand, but being close to the water and hiking is great and when I went in June 2 years ago there was barely anyone there. There’s also a rocky outcropping with shallow water that is great for kids to walk on and explore – but don’t walk off the edge into the water! It’s deep. I also use a tent.

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