If you are looking for the best beach and a place to camp at on Lake Erie, then look no further then Long Point Provincial Park. I’ve been to all of the Ontario Provincial Parks along the Lake Erie shoreline and I believe that Long Point has the best beach.
Environment: Long Point is located in South-western Ontario near Port Rowan and is one of the oldest provincial parks in Ontario, having been established in 1924. The park is situated on a 40-kilometre long sand spit called Long Point, which extends out into Lake Erie. In 1986 the park was designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Beach: All campgrounds have beaches within a short walking distance, which is a great feature. The park has an excellent sandy beach with a long shallow shoreline, ideal for swimming. As mentioned, this is my favourite beach on Lake Erie.
Camping: There are 256 campsites (78 with hydro) that are split among four campgrounds (Cottonwood, Firefly, Monarch’s Rest and Turtle Dunes). Cottonwood is the oldest campground and is situated near cottages. We camped at Monarch site #324 and had no privacy. Most campsites at Long Point do not offer much privacy and it can get noisy, as the park is very popular with young adults. Pack ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. The best campsites are in Turtle Dunes. Be prepared to sweep sand out of your tent, RV, shoes and clothing. The campground is situated on a sandpit and almost all campsites have plenty of sand.
Boating: The park has boat launch facilities and docking on Lake Erie.
Fishing: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, salmon, trout and yellow perch can be found in this part of Lake Erie.
Playground: Long Point has three playgrounds with extensive facilities. There is also a basketball court.
Shopping: Some camping supplies are available at the park store. Port Rowan and Port Dover offer more shopping options.
Wildlife: Thousands of birds can be seen from Long Point, migrating north in the spring and south in the fall. Almost 400 species of birds have been seen at Long Point. In 1986, UNESCO designated Long Point as a World Biosphere Reserve.
In Conclusion: The July-August occupancy rate for 2009 was 87%, making this one of the most difficult parks to get into without a reservation. You will find that most campgrounds are full throughout the summer because of the great beach, close proximity of campsites to the beach and boat launch. The main drawback to this park is that there are no hiking or biking trails.
My Park Rating: 4 out of 5