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Long Point

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What you'll like:

  • Fourth oldest Provincial Park in Ontario (Est. 1921)
  • Over 1.5 km sandy beach on the warm waters of Lake Erie
  • Excellent fishing and boating opportunities in Long Point Bay
  • One of the largest bird and waterfowl migration and staging areas in North America
  • Located within a designated World Biosphere Reserve
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 253
  • Electrical Campsites - 101

Camping

Long Point is a very popular recreation park. We feature campsites to accommodate a variety of equipment, from large pull-through electrical sites for larger equipment to tent sites on the edge of the dunes.  All sites are located within a short walk to our large sandy beach. Campsites located close to the beach are very popular as they provide a beautiful view of the lake. Radio-free camping is offered in the Cottonwood (Old Park) Campground. All of the “first- come, first-served” camping opportunities are in the Cottonwood Campground.  The park offers an excellent playground for our younger guests.

Spring and fall visitors can take advantage of some of the very best bird watching that Ontario has to offer with over 300 different species passing through during migration.


 

Car Camping

Long Point offers four campground areas in two sections of the park. Almost half of campsites have electrical service.

The section generally called “New Park” includes three of the campgrounds: Monarch’s Rest, Firefly and Turtle Dunes Campgrounds as well as the popular Day-Use area.

Firefly Campground offers large pull-through sites equipped with electrical service. Located on the bay side of the campground, they are a short five minute walk to the beach.

Monarch’s Rest and Turtle Dunes Campgrounds offer some electrical sites that are able to accommodate a variety of equipment. The premium campsites, located in the dunes at the ends of the loops closest to the beach, offer a soft sandy base.

The Old Park section of Long Point includes Cottonwood Campground, a radio-free campground. The sites can accommodate a variety of equipment sizes. For 2012 this campground will feature a new barrier-free comfort station with showers. Premium campsites are located at the ends of the loops and are very close to the beach. We also have our first-come, first-served campsites available in Cottonwood Campground.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Cottonwood Campground (Old Park) is a radio-free campground with a total of 81 campsites.

Highlights of Things to Do

Long Point Provincial Park is one of the most special places that Ontario has to offer. A real must visit for you and your family and friends.

Relax on the large sandy beach; enjoy a swim in the warm waters of Lake Erie. Experience the excellent fishing and boating opportunities provided by Long Point’s Inner Bay. Walk the campground roads to enjoy sightings of the many species of birds, hawks, possibly an eagle in flight or some of the species at risk that make Long Point their home – the choice is yours!

Visit us once and we know you will return.


Just the Facts

 
Canoeing

Many visitors enjoy canoeing along the sheltered marsh of Long Point Bay. Opportunities also exist outside of the park, in the area of Big Creek, located on the Long Point causeway.

 
Swimming

Large, sandy beaches are located by Monarch’s Rest and Turtle Dunes Campground and the Day-Use are in the New Park as well as Cottonwood Campground in the Old Park. Over two kilometres of soft sand and warm water awaits you.

Please note: There are no lifeguards posted and pets are only allowed in the designated pet exercise area. Lake Erie does have an undertow present so please be cautious while swimming.

 
Boating

Excellent boating opportunities are provided on Long Point Bay. The park offers boat launch facilities that are able to accommodate most pleasure boats.

 
Fishing

There are excellent fishing opportunities in Long Point Bay. We have one of the finest bass fisheries in Ontario. Fishing licenses may be purchased in the village of Long Point.

 
Biking

Enjoy cycling on over 5 km of park roadways.

 
Natural Heritage Education

The park does not offer a formal NHE program but we do offer several exciting and informative programs throughout the season on topics such as Reptiles at Risk, Creatures of the Night and the Fowler’s Toad.

 
Birding

More than 300 different species of song birds and waterfowl migrate through Long Point every spring and autumn. More than 80 species of birds nest on the point annually, making Long Point one of the top bird watching destinations in North America.

The Long Point Bird Observatory is located just outside the park and Bird Studies Canada is located a short distance away in the village of Port Rowan.

 
Hunting

The park is the home base for the Long Point Waterfowl Management Unit (LPWMU), a controlled waterfowl hunt. The LPWMU is open for hunting Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the open season for waterfowl. (mid-September through to mid-December)

Information regarding the LPWMU may be obtained by calling the Park Office.
Hunting does not take place on park property and hunting is not permitted within the park.

Amenities

Long Point offers full service comfort stations in all campgrounds including the newest comfort station which opened in Cottonwood Campground in the spring of 2012. Laundry facilities are available in the comfort station located in Firefly Campground.

One of Long Point’s most attractive amenities is its 2 km beach which is just a short walk from any of the campgrounds. A dog beach is located at the south end of the day-use area, behind the maintenance buildings. BBQ’s, picnic tables and comfort stations with flush toilets are provided in the day-use area.
Long Point also offers a boat launch for campers and day visitors who enjoy the great fishing opportunities on Long Point Bay, which is renowned as one of the premier spots for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass as well as Yellow Perch. The park also participates in a Tackleshare program which offers free fishing rods and tackle for loan. If you don’t have a boat, you can fish from the boat launch channel.

A Park Store is located at the main Park Office and offers a range of souvenirs, camper supplies, ice, firewood, cold beverages and ice cream for those warm days at the beach!

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations, complete with flush toilets and showers, are located in Turtle Dunes, Monarch’s Rest and Cottonwood Campgrounds.

Comfort stations are also located in the day-use area and they provide flush toilets.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found in each campground and in the day-use area.

 
Barrier Free Access

All comfort stations, as well as the park store, provide barrier-free access.

Two barrier-free campsites are offered, one with electricity located in Firefly Campground and one without electricity in Cottonwood Campground.

 
Day Use Area

The well known and very popular day-use area is located in the New Park and is open daily until 10:00 p.m., with parking that will accommodate over 650 vehicles. Picnic areas are located adjacent to the parking lots, in close proximity to the beautiful sandy beach. Picnic tables and 12 upright barbeques are provided along with two comfort stations.

The swimming areas are not supervised by lifeguards – you are responsible for your own and your children’s safety.

 
Laundry

A washer and dryer are located in Monarch’s Rest Campground. Laundromat facilities are also located in village of Port Rowan.

 
Boat Launch

A boat launch is located in the New Park on Long Point Bay and can accommodate most pleasure boats. Use of the boat launch is included with your campsite or day-use permit.

 
Rentals

Extension cords 15 and 30 amp, are available at the Registration Office. Fees apply.

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available for loan with a refundable deposit.

Fishing rods are also available for loan through the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Tackleshare program.

Canoe rentals are available outside of the park.

 
Park Store

The Park Store is conveniently located at the Registration Office inside the entrance to the New Park. In addition to offering Ontario Parks’ merchandise, you will find a variety of souvenir clothing, camping supplies, activities to entertain young and old, snacks, Pepsi beverages, VanHoutte coffee and ice cream novelties. Firewood and ice are also available at this location.

The village of Long Point and town of Port Rowan are located nearby and offer groceries, hardware and many other supplies and services.

 
Pet Exercise Area

Long Point offers an off-leash dog exercise/beach area located at the west end of the day-use beach, in the New Park area. It is important to remember that dogs must be controlled by their owner at all times and must be kept on a leash at all times when in any other area of the park.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Maps

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Cottonwood Campground - pdf

New Park Campground - 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.

Long Point Provincial Park

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