Arrowhead Provincial Park Review

Review Date: Review coming July 2015

** I’ve included some PHOTOSPHERES in this review.  PHOTOSPHERES are the pictures with “Nate Meyer – View on Google Maps” in the top left corner.  You can use your mouse, and drag 360 degrees around the picture **

General Information / Location / Address

Arrowhead Provincial Park is located just west of Algonquin, and north of Huntsville.  It’s located right along highway 11.  Such a beautiful area, full of lakes, cottages, and trees!  (But not too far from the big city amenities you might need).

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Entry / Layout


The entry to the park is right off Highway 11, just north of Huntsville.  It’s a nice paved road, winding through hills, and around Mayflower lake.  After a km or two, you enter the front gate.  Similar to other parks, you park your vehicle in the parking lot, and enter the office.  Arrowhead lake is devided into 4 campgrounds, as seen above.  Each campground is designed differently, which may be confusing and take a little longer to get familiar with.  There are full bathrooms in each campground, usually at the center of each.  The campgrounds surround the south  and west sides of Arrowhead Lake.  The park is fairly large, but all the amenities, and trails are concentrated together, making it easy to explore everything!

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General Discussion

Arrowhead Provincial Park is in the middle of a fairly thick forest, and huddles tight to Arrowhead Lake.  The main road coming in, and connecting the individual campsites is wide, and paved.  It does travel up and down some large hills, so make sure your truck is in the proper gear.  Depending on which area you are going to, you will cross a beautiful bridge showing you the awesome Arrowhead Lake.  The roads going to each campsite are all gravel, and the base of the campsites are mostly forest floor.

I’ll talk about Roe Campground first, as that’s where I spent the most time.  As the paved road comes in, it splits up into 7 gravel roads, with a turn-around at the end, which ends up near the central washroom.  This is a decent design, as the center of all roads is connected with a trail.  One thing to note, if you have a large trailer, your only turn around would be these loops at the end of each road.  They are fairly large, but just use caution.  I also noticed this area has A LOT of pot holes, and they are deep.  The majority of the campsites here are very private, and spacious.  There is a lot of forest spacing between sites, which really helps with the privacy.  Road 7 has a parking lot at the end, which is right at the beach.  (Again just be cautious of trailer size).  There is a trail at Roe that goes right to the beach, and to the Big Bend.  I would suggest getting a site close to the loops on roads 1 or 6.  As then it’s just a short walk to the beach.  There are poison ivy signs on the majority of the loops.  If you want to be near the full services washrooms, then camp nearer to the loops, as there’s trails that will head to washrooms.  There are also “vault” toilets scattered throughout Roe, but these are not your typical vault toilets.  They have water hookups, which all real toilets to be in them, and a concrete floor. There are no smells, and 500% better then a vault toilet.

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I didn’t even go into East River, so can’t comment on what the sites are like.  I did take a walk to Lumby North and Lumby South.  It’s a neat area, as the canopy of the trees completely covers the sun, and it really seems like you’re camping in a dark, mysterious forest.  I can’t really comment much about this area, but picking a sight closest to the beach is always a good idea!  The below photosphere is a road inside Lumby.

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Arrowhead Lake isn’t huge, but it’s not small either.  It’s surrounded by deep, thick vegetation, but has 3 distinguished beach areas, and 1 dog exercise area.  The beach on the EAST, closest to Roe, has a large sand dune type hill to walk down before getting to the beach.  The beach is large enough to hold a lot of people, and it’s ALL sand.  Water access is also all sand.  Below is a photosphere showing what this beach looks like:

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The SOUTH beach is also all sandy, and really long.  There’s a parking lot just above that can hold a lot of cars.  The beach on the EAST side of the lake is a little smaller, but is still a really nice beach.  For a Muskoka lake.. these beaches are fantastic!  The water stays shallow enough for the kids to play, but then get’s deep enough for everything else.
The dog exercise area is out of the way, but accessible by car.  There’s a big enough parking lot for 10-15 cars, but be careful as there are dogs running around in the parking lot.  It has 2 areas of water access, where the dogs can run into the water.  It’s also a suitable spot for pet owners to relax on the beach, while their dogs run around.  I backed my truck right up to the water, and sat on the beach.  It’s also very swimmable here as well.  The floor of the beach isn’t as sandy as the real beaches, but does the trick.  Look below for a PHOTOSPHERE of the dog exercise area:
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Below is a parking lot for one of the beaches.


The below is the Dog Beach, and the picture below that is the parking lot.  There is an additional water access spot to the right.


 I noticed the Park Officers drive by twice starting around 5pm.  So it’s patrolled, but not overly.

The park store is located right after the office, and it has the traditional park store stuff in it.  Not much candy, but does have chips, pop, and ice cream sandwhiches.  I didn’t buy any firewood here, but there is lots of it!
Make sure you take a walk down to the CENTER of the park.  This is where the road bridge is, and the foot bridge.  It really is beautiful.  There is ample parking here, and two beaches on either side.  You can rent water craft here as well.  It’s just a beautiful spot to sit and relax.  You’ll also see people fishing off the rocks under both bridges.  I didn’t notice any playgrounds for kids, but maybe I just missed it.
Just inside the park, is a road to the Park Amphitheater.  We didn’t see any services here, but check the Park calendar, and go check it out.  Here’s a Amphitheater PHOTOSPHERE:
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The Trailer dumping station is located at the entrance to East River.  There is two spots for dumping, and two spots for filling fresh water.  Lots of room here for trailers.  PHOTOSPHERE:

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Best Campsites

I can only speak for Roe campground here.  I don’t have specific site numbers, but all sites are fairly private.  Best is to get one closest to the EAST beach area.  The trail to the beach is on Road 1, at the end (loop).

Hiking / Biking

Here is the link to the hiking and biking trails at the park

Arrowhead Lake Trail – This trail is 4.5km long, and goes around Arrowhead Lake.  We hiked it started at Roe campground.  It was a great trail that gave good views of the lake.  We thought we’d find a private swim spot on the trail, but there is not.  This trail is great for biking, or hiking.  There are some steep spots where you might need to walk your bike up or down.  The trail is wide enough for 4 bikes wide.  This trail can be caught from any parking lot, or right from Roe or Lumby campsites. Below are some pics of the trail:

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Big Bend Lookout – This isn’t really a hiking trail, but more of a path to a scenic lookout of a huge sand dune bend in the river.  There is a nice board walk to view from.  Worth the look!  It has a parking lot for 5-6 cars.  Here’s my PHOTOSPHERE of the lookout:

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Mayflower Lake Trail – This is a 1km trail that winds along beside Mayflower Lake.  It’s a more rugged trail, and is only a pathway wide.  There are some steep area’s, but really nothing too hard.  I recommended it!  Here’s a PHOTOSPHERE of a spot I found on the trail:
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Beaver Meadow Trail – This trail was closed when I was visiting the park.
Stubb’s Falls Trail – This trail starts at the center of the park (near the 2 bridges), and winds along south of the river to Stubb’s Falls.  It’s a beautiful area, with a great scenic water fall.  The trail then continues north of the river, back to the starting point.  The SOUTH part of the trail is smooth, and wide, and really easy to bike. You can even use a stroller on it. The north part of the trail is a little narrower, and rockier / rootier. There are some some elevation changes and mud holes.  It’s worth the hike, but if you have a bike, or stroller, stick to the south part of the trail.  If you don’t want to take the trail at all, there is a parking lot in East River that’s very close to the falls. As well, be careful on the stairs down to the falls. They are steep, and metal.
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-Beautiful lake, with awesome lake beaches
-LOT’S of trails to keep you busy and in shape!
-A great waterfall to view
-It’s in a great area, close to a big city if need be
-Awesome “vault” toilets


-Pot holes!

Surrounding Area Activities


This was a great park!  There are a lot of activities, and trails here.  The beach areas are fantastic.  The dog beach is a great area also.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Port Burwell Provincial Park Review

Review Date: Sept 2014 

**New for this review – A Bike ride through the park!**

I filmed myself riding through each area in the park.  I thought this would give you a great sense of what the park is like, etc.  Find the 3 videos below

General Information / Location / Address

Port Burwell Provincial Park is located on the shore of Lake Erie, directly beside the town of Port Burwell.

9 Wilson Lane
Port Burwell, ON, N0J 1T0

Click here to reserve, or view campsites

Entry / Layout


Port Burwell has 2 different entrances for the park, and the beach.  The first entrance goes past a few cottages, then you reach the front office.  The second entrance has it’s own “front office”, which leads to the day use beach areas.

The park is split into 3 campgrounds.  Alzora, Leander, and Iroquois.  Each campground has their own full service bathroom in the center.  There is also a large playing field, and another bathroom between Leander and Alzora.

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General Discussion


First, take a look at the above picture.  This is the satellite image of Port Burwell Provincial Park.  (You can also see the big play field, more on that later).  I wanted to show this picture because it shows the type of landscape / foliage you’ll encounter when coming here.  The forest is thick, which in most cases offers a lot of privacy.  Most of the campgrounds I’ve encountered on Lake Erie are more grass then anything, but not here.  You really get the sense that you are camping up north in a fully mature forest.  However, when you venture to the beach, you’ll know you’re on Lake Erie because of the soft sand and great beach.  Not often do you get to camp in a thick forest with a great beach.  On the West side of the campground, there is a large cavern like creek, with a few campsites right on it’s banks.  More on that later.

Port Burwell PP is split into 3 campsites.   Alzora, Leander, and Iroquois.  We stayed in Iroquois because it seemed to be the furthest away from cottages and roads, etc.  Iroquois is at the back of the campground, and think it’s the quietest, and feels more remote then the other.  The campsites throughout the whole park are all fairly large, and private.  They all seem to have wide road front, instead of that long drive way type of site.  The floor of the sites are mostly grass and forest floor.  I didn’t see any that were gravel, which IMO is good.

One small issue, is the roads throughout the campgrounds are all paved.  This isn’t a huge issue, but sometimes driver drive faster when the roads are paved.  However, it does keep the dust down when they are paved.

I will say that the forest is fairly brushy, almost like a jungle, which is great for Privacy, but I much prefer a forest that’s a little more bare.  Yes it’s less privacy, but it just seems more Northy to me.  The sites that offer this barer type forest are 95 to about 206.

Speaking of the back of Iroquois.  If you look at the above google maps satellite image, you can see at the top a farmers field.  This field is fairly close to the top edge of the campsites, and two times we heard coyotes howling right here.  It sounded incredible, and worth the listen.  One time it was 5am, and the other was 9pm.  Now that I think of it.. maybe watch your children and small dogs if you camping up in that area.

There are full service bathrooms at the center of each area.  There is also a bathroom by the large playing field. One thing you won’t find here are those smelly vault type toilets in the middle of every other campsite.

One great thing about this park is the large playing field in the center.  It offers a great jungle gym for the kids, and 2 volley ball nets.  It also has a large area to play soccer, and even baseball.  This is also where the Amphitheater is located.  There are a couple great sites basically right beside the playing field, which would be great for family’s with children.  I believe I have labelled them in my below videos.

I’m not too familiar with what activities this park offers, but I assume because of the Amphitheater in the park, there are lots of events catered to children.

The park seemed really tidy and clean.  All the sites were properly groomed / drained of water.  All the bathrooms were all clean.  It seems they really know what their doing here.  They strive for a clean, well run park.

The beach is really long.  There’s LOTS of room for all campers to setup, and have it not be so crowded.  There’s also LOTS of parking.  One thing I noticed is that the beach is not groomed, and inside the magazine for Port Burwell PP, they explain why.  I also didn’t notice a lot of loose sand on the beach, but more hard packed sand.  I think this is because the water level has been so high.  Getting into, and out of the water is a cinch.  It remains fairly shallow as you walk out.  There is a bit of a walk from the parking lot to the beach, which is kind of a pain, but such as life.

The dog beach is the best dog beach around.  It’s HUGE!  Lots of room to run the dogs into the water, playing fetch, etc.  However, there are signs everywhere of a $95 fine if dog is off leash.  I saw about 50% of the dogs off leash when I went, and even kept my dogs off leash, and didn’t have a problem.

At the front office is a small park store, where you can buy camping essentials, and some munchies.  There’s not a lot of stuff here, but gets the job done if you’re looking to snacks.  Same type of store at the entrance to the day use areas.  Coffee comes from an instant coffee machine, with those coffee pucks / packs.  $2 per coffee.   Firewood is also for sale at the front gates for about $7 a bag.  It’s all covered in it’s own building, but even so I noticed that some of the wood was a little damp when burning.  I also couldn’t chop a log in half, which means it could still be a little wet. Quality of the wood when I went wasn’t amazing.

The camp warden does drive through, but only saw him/her once an evening.  However for whatever reason, I did see an OPP SUV drive through once as well.

I’m not sure how the bugs are here in general, but this weekend the mosquito’s were terrible!  They were EVERYWHERE, and ANYWHERE.  They did disappear around 8pm tho.  I don’t think Port Burwell is bad for mosquito’s in general, but for whatever reason, this weekend was BAD.

One thing worth mentioning, is they have new Dumping stations for trailers.  It’s can accommodate two trailers at once, which is great on those busy Sunday’s when everyone is leaving.  As well, there’s a new trailer filling station, right on the side of the road, that can also accommodate 2 trailers.


Hiking / Biking

Here’s a list of all the trails at Port Burwell.  It also contains some of the other activities that are available in the park.  I planned to walk all the trails, but because of the mosquito’s, never got around to it.  I included the parks description of the trails below

Ravine Creek Trail 1 km, 45 minutes, easy
 (This interpretive trail, which features a self-guided brochure, travels through a ravine and woodlot. Eleven stops along the way explain local geology, flora and fauna.)

Beach Trail 2 km return, 1 hour, easy  (
The trail leads from the campground to the beach. A lookout point provides an excellent view of Lake Erie and the beach below. The trail traverses a 20 m bluff.)

A Bike Ride through the Park!

To give you a better aspect on what this park is like, I created 3 videos of me riding through each area.  Here they are below:




Best Campsites

IMO, the best area is Iroquois, campsites 95 to 206.  Sites 31,33,35 are neat because they are right on the backs of a large revine. (Careful of the drop-off).

197,196 – Large sites, decent privacy

198 OK

200 is good.  With a trailer you can make it fairly private

201, 203 is OK

206 is really big, kinda private. Bigest site I’ve seem

210, 211, 212 right across from bathroom. MEH

218 really private.  really bushy.  shrubs. can’t see big tree’s. doesn’t remind me of up north

172 is kinda nice, really big. nice forest

178 OK


– Very clean, well kept up park.  Staff spend a great deal of time and energy on this park.

– Lots of full service bathrooms

– Sites are LARGE, and mostly private

– Beach is great, with great water entry

– Thick forest. Nice sized tree’s. Mature forest

– Great playing field


– Buggy?

– Beach is a drive, not a walk

Surrounding Area Activities

Project Ojibwa – A really cool tour of a retired submarine.  This is located in the neighboring town of Port Burwell.  It’s worth going to see, but it’s $18.50 to go in. Kinda steep.

Should you camp here?

Totally YES!.  Port Burwell deserves your business here.  The park shows that the staff strive to keep it clean, and ready for you to camp.  The beach is great, with lots of parking.  The sites are all large, and private.  It’s really a great park!

Sauble Falls Provincial Park Review

Review Date: Aug 2014

General Information / Location / Address

Sauble Falls Provincial Park is located near Lake Huron, just south of the Bruce Peninsula.  The area is known for it’s summer beach destination, which can get really busy in the summer months.  Anywhere near the Bruce is a favorite of mine!

Address:   R.R. 3,Wiarton, ON, N0H 2T0

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Google Maps

Entry / Layout


As I said above.., this park is km’s north of Sauble Beach.  It’s located on the Sauble River which dumps into Lake Huron.  The park is divided into 2 areas, which is separated by highway 13.  West Campground, and East Campground.  The main entrance, and front office is located at the West Campground.  The West Campground seems to be the MAIN campground, which contains 2 large bathrooms, and all the play equipment, basketball courts, volleyball courts, etc, etc.  I believe there is a main bathroom in the East Campground as well, but none of the other nice amenities.

One quick thing to note about the front gates.  When you pull up to the below gate, they ask you to pull through, and park in the parking lot, then come to register.  After you’ve registered, you need to pull a u-turn in the parking lot to get to your camping site.  This parking lot is not very wide, so people with bigger trucks and trailers might have a difficult time.  See the parking lot below.  I would suggest parking BEFORE the front gate.



This is the parking lot where you must pull a u-turn if you pull into it.

This is the parking lot where you must pull a u-turn if you pull into it.

General Discussion

One very important thing before I get into the review.  The park is split up into 2 campgrounds, WEST and EAST.  There is a fairly busy road going between them, highway 13.  The only way to get from one campground to the other, or from EAST to the falls is to cross this busy road.  What concerns me, is there is no CROSSWALK, or no signage to vehicles warning them to slow down, or watch for children.  Vehicles fly through here at 80 km/h.  Be careful crossing here!

Another thing before my review, I want to point you to this link.  The majority of the reviews aren’t so good.  In fact, some of them are pretty negative, talking about the noise, dirty bathrooms, disrespectful people.  On the way up, I actually said to my wife “I’m kinda excited to go here, just so I can confirm those reviews, and write a bad review myself”.  I didn’t have very high expectations of this place, and was expecting a lot of partiers, dirty bathrooms, etc.  I was quite surprised after staying here for 3 days.  For the most part, I liked this park, and didn’t experience any of the negatives in the above reviews.  I’m not saying this park is perfect, and am not saying this park is amazing, but it surpassed my expectations for sure.

The terrain at this park is a mix of cut grass, and forest floor.  I was expecting more of a sand dune type park, but it wasn’t.  The main play areas, and fields are all cut grass, and the campsites are in a nice forest, which a natural forest floor, and some sites with gravel.

The West Campground is the place to be IMO.  It has all the amenities, and the sites are a lot better.  (specially the trailer sites).  The sites at this campground are NOT private.  In fact, after walking around, I didn’t find one site that had privacy cover completely around it.  Some of the sites, on the outsides, have a private back to them, but are almost completely open to the sites beside them.  However, if you have a trailer, the sites are designed to provide the side to side privacy using the trailers.  Most of the sites here are flat, and have a forest type floor.  Avoid the sites on the outside near the road, and the ones on the inside ring which have a site behind them.

The sites in WEST that are lining the river are probably the nicest in the park.  They aren’t private at all side to side, but you have nobody behind you.  The sites here are all long, and skinny. Behind the site is a steel wire fence, which a large, deep drop-off to the river.  I was thinking that since we are on the river, we could walk down to it, and swim.  This isn’t possible.  The drop-off is fairly large, and even if you get to the river, the vegetation is fairly thick, and wading into the river is tough.

There are 2 main, full bathrooms in West, along with a laundry facility.  There are also vault toilets spread throughout the park.  The full bathrooms weren’t spotlessly clean, but they weren’t disgusting.  They were just like any other park I’ve been to.  Adequate.

I did go for a walk in the EAST CAMPGROUND area.  If you’re in a trailer, forget camping here.  The trailer sites are horrid.  Most of them are in the open, in between 2 roads (pull thru).  They  offer less then zero privacy.  If you’re in a tent, the sites along the back loop are OK.  There is also a washroom here with running water.

Another nice thing about this park is the play equipment they have.  There is a jungle gym, basketball court, tetherball court, volleyball court, and pavillion.  Nice amenities for family’s, and kids.  These are all located in WEST campground.

The reviews on trip central say a lot of partiers come here to camp, instead of getting a motel in Sauble.  This could be true, but when we were there, I didn’t witness this.  I didn’t see, or hear any parties at the campsites.  So, don’t think that happens here all the time.

I did also see officers drive by about 3-4 times a day, including twice at night.  I don’t know if they are lenient, or  harsh, but they at least show their presence.

We camped here in August, and didn’t have any bugs other then the rare mosquito.  This included daytime, and night time.  Maybe it was out of season for bugs?

I also noticed that the park was fairly quiet, and empty during the day, which was a nice surprise.  A lot of the campers are ither at the falls, or at Sauble Beach.  Once 5-6pm comes around, it starts picking up a bit.

There is no park store here, but right outside of the campground is a “variety” store.  They sell campfire here for $10 a bag, and the bags don’t look all that large.  One other thing about this store, ice cream is good, but there isn’t much variety when it comes to candy and snacks.  A couple bags of chips, chocolate bars, and no candy.  There are some groceries, but it’s fairly limited.  Also, they accept cash only, and there’s an ATM in the store that charges $2.

We camped along the river, and did have a family of racoon’s come onto the site, so they are around.  We also had a skunk come onto the site, so be careful of that.  We clapped our hands, and it slowly walked away.

There is no beach at the campground, but Sauble Beach is only a short drive away.  There are other beaches in the area, see below for an example.  I guess that brings me to the FALLS.  I think the falls is the attraction point of this park.  Kids seem to LOVE it.  It’s also very pretty.  To me.., I wasn’t very excited about the falls, but I admit it was nice to walk there, and see it, or even walk through it for a few minutes.  There is a section where the kids jump off the falls, which is about 7-8 feet high.  Some people on trip advisor say there are rocks beneath, which is probably true, but the kids seem to jump shallow enough to avoid the rocks.  I don’t think it’s an issue.  The falls are nice, and is worth seeing.  There is a nice board walk that goes along the falls, which makes it easy to get up nice and close.  The falls are really busy during the day.   I think a lot of people come here for day visits, just to play on the falls.  There is a day parking lot directly beside the falls with about 50-60 parking spots.  Just above the falls, is also a rental area for water craft.  Not sure pricing here.

There is 1 hiking trail at the park, which is over in EAST campground.  My wife went for a walk during the day on this trail, and said she was eaten alive by bugs.  I don’t know the quality of the trail, or how good it is.  There are no bike trails here.

I can’t think of much else to report here.  This park is fairly touristy,  because of the falls, which does attract newer campers.  Trip Advisor says there are a lot of disrespectful people at this park, but I didn’t witness that at all.

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Best Campsites

I didn’t go around and collect good sites….., because there aren’t any.  I don’t think people come here for a good, private site.  However, I believe the best sites are in WEST, along the river.  If you’re a tent camper, then the sites on the back row in EAST are decent.


– Water Fall is neat to see… but I wouldn’t spend all day here.

– Close to great beaches, which is the winner IMO

– Lots of play equipment.

– I like the area.  Near the bruce, which has A LOT of places to visit.


– Privacy.  There is none.

– Lack of Park Store, and lack of variety in the nearest variety store

Surround Area Activities

  1. Since Sauble Falls Provincial Park doesn’t have a beach inside the park, you’ll need to drive elsewhere to get one.  Most people would just drive to Sauble Falls beach, which is really great.  You can even drive on the beach.  The problem is.., it’s really busy.  Instead, check out the beach at Oliphant, which is just north of Sauble Falls Provincial Park.  You can drive right on the beach, and I think it’s A LOT less busy then Sauble beach.

Should you camp here?

I vote for a yes.  Not a big YES!, but just a yes.  I can’t say I’m in LOVE with this park, but can’t say I hate it.  I liked the park because it’s close to really nice beaches, and near a neat waterfall.  It’s also close to Sauble, which is a nice town to visit.  I think the park is great for Families with kids, as there is lots of equipment for them to play on.  The park is also close to the Bruce, which is always a great area to explore.

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.


215 Niece Rd
Dunnville, ON, N1A 2X5

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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.


– 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.


– 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.