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Grundy Lake

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What you'll like:

  • Camping experience for everyone: RV, car camping or backcountry canoe-in sites.
  • Activities for all ages: great hiking trails, canoe/kayak rentals nearby and many great beaches with smooth rocky shores provide excellent swimming; bring your bikes!
  • Countless inland lakes that offer endless canoeing and kayaking adventures.
  • Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway
  • Natural Heritage Education Programming.
  • A mixed forest marks this area as the boundary between north and south.

Learn to Camp Program Available

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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 586
  • Electrical Campsites - 139
  • Backcountry Campsites - 9
  • Group Campsites - 3

Camping

Grundy Lake offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors.  Car camping is offered in nine campgrounds.  There are three group campsites available. Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment ranging from tents to RVs.

Those looking for a nearby adventure can canoe to their interior campsites.


 

Car Camping

Grundy Lake offers car camping in nine campgrounds: White Spruce, Hemlock, Trailer, Poplar, Red Maple, White Pine, White Birch, Jackpine, and Balsam Campgrounds.

Many campsites have electrical hook-ups.  Amenities such as water taps, toilets, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by.  Swimming, boating and the Visitor Centre are located only a short distance away from the main beach.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Hemlock and Red Maple Campgrounds are radio-free.

 

Dog-Free Camping

Along with being radio-free, Red Maple Campground is also pet-free.

 

Group Camping

Grundy Lake has three group campsites available that vary in size and can accommodate from 15 to 60 people.  Water taps are nearby and vault toilets are either on site or close by. Comfort stations are nearby. A beach borders each group camping area.

Reservations are made by telephone only. Reservations begin on the first working day in May, beginning at 8 am. Please call 705-383-2286.

 

Backcountry Camping

The park offers nine backcountry campsites that are located on a number of inland lakes. A short canoe trip of 5 to 20 minutes will get you to your campsite.  At each campsite, you will find a picnic table, tent space and a toilet nearby.

Highlights of Things to Do

Grundy Lake Provincial Park offers some exciting recreational activities. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent nearby. The park’s numerous lakes prohibit gas and electric motors, which allows you to fully appreciate the wonders of the park’s pristine lakes while exploring them in a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation. For this reason, it makes for an exceptional experience for paddlers of all skill levels, particularly beginners.
There are a range of paddling and hiking options for both the novice and the experienced hiker and numerous day trips to choose from. For the more adventurous who wish to explore the interior of the park there are backcountry sites that are only accessible by canoe.

Pack a picnic lunch and head to one of our many sandy beaches. The numerous inland lakes offer excellent fishing and include species such as Northern Pike, bass panfish, walleye, and crappie. We have a free Tackleshare program that loans fishing gear to park visitors, so come out and give it a try!
Natural Heritage Education programs provide family hands-on, entertaining ways to explore the park and learn more about nature in general. Learn about:

  • the local species at risk
  • the geology of the Pre-Cambrian Shield and the South Shield
  • the history of logging
  • the Voyageurs, the fur trade and the French River area. The award winning French River Provincial Park

Visitor Centre is nearby.


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Swan Lake Trail – 1.5 km loop (1 hour) moderate to difficult. 
Wind through a special area in the park which is protected as a nature reserve. This short hike crosses rocky ridges and lookouts as well as a variety of interesting wetlands. The centerpiece of the trail includes a boardwalk, where wetland plants and animals can be studied. While there, be sure to watch for the Great Blue Heron, beaver, waterfowl, bitterns and other varieties of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, deer, moose and carnivorous plants.

Gut Lake Trail - 2.5 km (1 ½ hours) moderate to difficult.
For some, this is the most popular trail in the park. It travels by two different areas: the rugged rock of the Precambrian Shield (which supports most of the life in this area), and the lakes, streams and wetlands (which drain excess water into Georgian Bay). There are many points that are ideal for photos, rest stops or a picnic. If you walk quietly, you may see Great Blue Heron, other birds, amphibians, fox, deer and moose.

Beaver Dams Trail – 3.6 km (2.5 hours), moderate to difficult.
This trail passes through dense forest and wetlands. Moose, deer, fisher, grouse and many other species of birds and mammals may be seen. The highlight of the trail is the Great Blue Heron rookery, identified as large bunches of branches at the tops of swamp-killed trees. In the spring, a few of these nests are active so bring your binoculars! Finally, you will also see a dammed rock fracture which controls the water level of Bucke Lake and affects Grundy and Gut Lakes as well as Nisbet Creek. Beavers are amazing engineers!

 
Canoeing

There are countless inland lakes offering endless canoeing and kayaking adventures, which are great for beginners. There are canoe and kayak rentals available nearby. Those looking for a nearby adventure can canoe to their campsites at one of the park’s nine backcountry sites, a popular way to explore the interior of the park.

 
Swimming

There are eight natural sand beaches recommended for swimming. The Main Beach is located in Grundy Lake and is marked with buoy lines. This beach and most of the other beaches have gradual drop-offs. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.

 
Boating

Power boats are not allowed at Grundy Lake Provincial Park.

 
Fishing

The numerous lakes offer excellent fishing and include species such as Northern Pike, bass, panfish, walleye and crappie.

 
Biking

There are no dedicated bike trails; however campers enjoy bike rides along the park roads.

 
Natural Heritage Education

During the summer, park staff offer a variety of fun, interactive educational programs. Join one of our knowledgeable park naturalists on a guided hike, learn about the Voyageurs and the logging history, discover the Pre-Cambrian Shield, see the park’s wildlife and plant life! Take part in the campfires and come stop by our amphitheatre and visitor centre. Take part in the ‘Art in the Park’ programs. There is something for the whole family to enjoy.

 
Birding

You will see many birds at Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Common sightings include the Common Loon, Broad-winged Hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, and the Great-horned Owl. Other sightings include the Northern Saw-whet Owl, Whip-poor-will, and Pileated Woodpecker.

On the Beaver Dams Trail, you will find a Great Blue Heron rookery, identified as large bunches of branches at the tops of swamp-killed trees. In the spring, a few of these nests are active.
There is a pair of Trumpeter Swans that frequent small lakes in the park every season.

Please stop by the Visitor Centre for copies of Grundy Lake’s Bird checklist.

Bring your binoculars!

Amenities

Enjoy camping in one of Grundy Lake’s nine campgrounds, three group campsites or nine canoe backcountry sites. Comfort stations with showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets are located in all nine campgrounds and the main beach.

Take a hike on one of our scenic hiking trails where you can see a Great Blue Heron rookery or a pair of Trumpeter swans.

Go canoeing or kayaking on our countless inland lakes. Take an overnight adventure to one of our nine backcountry canoe campsites.

Grundy Lake offers a pet exercise and swimming area.

Other amenities include boat launches, visitor centre, picnic shelter and day-use area.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Three comfort stations (complete with showers and flush toilets) are located near all nine campgrounds, three group campsites and near the main beach area.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found throughout the campgrounds and the day-use area.

 
Barrier Free Access

Available at the park office and all comfort stations.

 
Day Use Area

Grundy Lake’s main beach is a popular day-use area. It has a buoyed swimming area. There are eight sandy beaches in total and shady areas with picnic tables, and water taps. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.

 
Laundry

Landry facilities are available at all three comfort stations.

 
Boat Launch

There are no motorboat launches in Grundy Lake Provincial Park. There are 18 canoe launches located throughout the numerous inland lakes.

 
Rentals

Canoes and kayaks are available for rent nearby.

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available at the park with a $25 refundable deposit.

 
Park Store

The Grundy Lake Park Store offers merchandise, small souvenirs, and some camper supplies. Ice and groceries are available nearby.

 
French Language Services

Grundy Lake Provincial Park provides French Language Services.

 
Picnic Shelter

There is one picnic shelter in the park which is located near the Grundy Lake Main Beach. The shelter is available on a first-come first-served basis.

 
Visitor Centre

The park Visitor Centre is located near Grundy Lake Main Beach on Gut Lake. The building is an abandoned church from the local area. There is an amphitheatre where a lot of natural heritage education programming takes place.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Backcountry Overview - pdf

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.


Grundy Lake Provincial Park

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