Grundy Lake Provincial Park – A Great Park that is Often Overlooked

Grundy Lake Provincial Park is one of my favourite parks in the Ontario Parks system. Usually there are always some campsites available throughout the summer. It seems that other nearby provincial parks such as Killbear, Killarney and the French River get more attention. If you are ever stuck without a campsite for a long weekend in the summer, consider booking at Grundy Lake. 

Environment: Grundy Lake is located along Highway 69, approximately 85 kilometres south of Sudbury and 85 kilometres north of Parry Sound.  The park was established in 1959 and features seven beautiful lakes, rivers and forests within the Canadian Shield. The park is well designed with campgrounds situated around Clear, Grundy, Gut and Gurd Lakes. 

Rock Jumping into Gurd Lake

Beach: Grundy Lake has many beaches. All campgrounds have beaches within walking distance. There are six designated beaches on Clear, Grundy and Gurd Lakes. However, you will find that many people will go rock jumping on Gut Lake as well other spots in the park.

Camping: There are 475 campsites that are split among nine campgrounds. Of the 475 campsites, 138 have hydro available. All of the campgrounds in the park are quite good. I’ve camped in the Red Maple and White Pine campgrounds and will camp at some of the other campgrounds on future trips.  For backcountry camping, there are ten canoe-in campsites. 

Canoeing: Grundy Lake is a great place if you are learning how to canoe or kayak. We did a day trip from Grundy Lake to Gut Lake then Gurd Lake and back in approximately four hours. Each of these lakes has campgrounds and offers plenty of great spots to stop for a swim or a picnic. There are connecting creeks that you can paddle between these lakes, so you don’t have to worry about portaging. Canoe rentals are available at the park and privately just outside the park. Powerboats are not allowed in the park. 

Fishing: There is a good assortment of fish within the seven lakes, e.g.: northern pike, bass, walleye and panfish. I have a few friends who go camping to Grundy Lake, just for the fishing.

View of Gut Lake

Hiking: There are four hiking trails within the park. The Gut Lake and Gurd Lake Dam trails are heavily travelled in the summer because these trails provide access to several nice swimming spots and many photo opportunities on Gut Lake.  The Gut Lake Trail covers the west side of Gut Lake, while the Gurd Lake Dam Trail flanks along the east side. I recommend both of these trails. I also enjoyed the Swan Lake Trail because it features Canadian Shield rock, ridges, nice lookouts, a boardwalk and some wetlands. I will have to check out the Beaver Dam Trail on my next trip to Grundy Lake. 

Shopping: There is a good selection of camping supplies, just outside the park at the intersection of Highway 69 and 522. As mentioned, Grundy Lake is mid-way between Parry Sound and Sudbury, the two major urban areas in the vicinity.

The Amphitheatre: The Amphitheatre has a nice view of Gut Lake and is worth the trip for an evening show in the park.

Wildlife: I’ve spotted deer in the park and apparently moose are in the area as well. In the summer of 2009 we spotted two large swans on Gurd Lake. Apparently the swans have been spending their summers in the park for about ten years now. Keep your distance if you spot them, so as to not disturb and upset them. 

In Conclusion: The July-August occupancy rate for 2009 was only 69%, so there is a good chance that you can get a campsite at Grundy Lake throughout the summer. This is a great park that you shouldn’t overlook if you plan to camp in this area of the province. You should plan at least four to five nights at the park, in order to see everything that it has to offer. 

My Park Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Resources: For camping information and tips, see: The Camp Tripper. For camping gear, see: http://astore.amazon.com/tip4cam-20

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About Patrick Dzieciol

I have authored and published "The Camp Tripper - The Secrets of Successful Family Camping in Ontario" http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/AdvancedSearch/Default.aspx?SearchTerm=9781450226264&image1.x=79&image1.y=17. If you want to get in touch with me, please drop me an email at: tips4camping@hotmail.com.
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6 Responses to Grundy Lake Provincial Park – A Great Park that is Often Overlooked

  1. Tiffany says:

    i have seen even bears there

  2. M. Fleming says:

    Beautiful park, with lots to do! It is one of our family’s top picks along with Algonquin and Killarney!

  3. luckyme61 says:

    My family ended up at Grundy Lake one summer when we couldn’t get into Kilbear. We ended up on a beautiful campsite in the Poplar area and fell in love. We never went back to Kilbear after that. Each summer we headed to Grundy Lake. So many happy memories! We kids loved canoeing over to Picnic Island an jumping off the rocks. We’d often take picnic lunches and stay for hours.

  4. V says:

    We took a chance on this after not being able to get a site at Killbear. Thank God we did!! I am absolutely floored how overlooked this park is. We’ve camped in so many places and this now falls in our top three. Cliff jumping, sandy beaches, great fishing, incredible views and hikes. My family loved it. Cant wait to go back again.

  5. rust@rust.com says:

    Grundy is truly a fantastic gem. The 4 trails are some of the best in the entire park system.

  6. Elaine Vegas says:

    I just want to thank you for your excellent park reviews. We decided in early August to camp somewhere on Labour Day weekend. Given the late notice, it was hard to find sites in the major campgrounds. Grundy Lake was a hidden gem, that has become our favourite campground to date. Campsites are fairly well screened and well designed. Swimming was fabulous. The slippery rocks was a short paddle away on Grundy Lake itself and was a big hit. We also had smaller slippery rocks on White Birch beach. The floating platforms were fun. There were jumping rocks of various sizes and heights. Canoeing was nice. We explored all of Grundy Lake which was very pretty. There is a creek that connects Grundy Lake and Gut Lake. Not sure if water levels are higher earlier in the summer, but it was VERY low at the end of August and we could not get through. We could have carried the canoe on a very short portage – but we didn’t feel like getting out so we skipped it. We talked of going back to do it but ran out of time. So my only drawback was that we couldn’t explore more lakes without portaging (which my husband does not like to do).

    Campground loaned lifejackets and fishing poles for free. Gut Lake trail was lots of fun (lots of rocks and tree roots to scramble over) and had some very incredible views. For more trails, French River was a short 5 min drive away and Mashkinonje Provincial Park’s trails are also 40 minutes drive away. Killarney is a good daytrip – 1.5 hours away.

    LOVED this park!

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