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Sandbar Lake

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What you'll like:

  • Beautiful sandy beach with gently sloping swimming area that’s great for kids
  • Transitional forest with plants and animals from the boreal forest as well as those of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands
  • Erratic boulders are strewn amidst the trees- evidence of the power of glaciers
  • Gateway to challenging northern canoe routes
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 74
  • Electrical Campsites - 37
  • Group Campsites - 2


Sandbar Lake Provincial Park offers car camping experiences to appeal to all visitors.  Campsites are available for all types of camping equipment.  Seasonal leased campsites are also available.

Canoeists seeking challenging routes can use Sandbar Lake as a starting point.


Car Camping

Sandbar Lake is a small campground. One-third of its almost 75 campsites are electrified. Campsites can accommodate equipment ranging from tents only to large trailers.  Campsites are partially shaded with some offering a tantalizing glimpse of the lake. Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations and laundry facilities are close by.  Swimming, boating, great fishing and hiking are only a short distance away.


Group Camping

Sandbar Lake has two group campsites that vary in size and can accommode from 15 to 100 people.  Water taps and vault toilets are on site. The area is within walking distance of comfort stations, the beach and hiking trails.

Call the park directly to reserve (807) 934-2995.

Highlights of Things to Do

Sandbar Lake, the largest of the park’s ten lakes, is clean and clear, with a long flat sandy beach. It boasts excellent fishing opportunities for walleye and pike. Throughout the park, you’ll see large boulders called glacial “erratics”. Dramatic features in the surrounding area are a series of sinuous ridges of sand and gravel known as eskers. These landforms were also created during the last retreat of the glaciers.

There are a range of paddling and hiking options for both the novice and the experienced camper.

Just the Facts

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.

Silhouette Trail - 2km, moderate
This trail weaves its way through Jack Pine woods, aspen forests and wetlands. Along the trail you will see a variety of plant and wildlife silhouettes with descriptive information sheets.

Red Pine Trail - 0.5km, easy
This small self-guided trail is great for a short walk through the wilderness. It takes you through a natural Red Pine stand and along the trail you will see remains of burnt trees, a result of a forest fire in the early 1900s.

Rockcliff Trail – 4km, moderate
This trail will familiarize you with some of the unique natural and historical features of the park.


Launch your canoe or rent one at the Park Office and you can paddle right onto Sandbar Lake. There are options for both the day paddler and long distance paddler.

Sandbar-Press Lake Canoe Loop: 160km, 9-12 days
This route passes by several pictograph sites.

Canoe Route 79: 4-5 days
Paddle through some of the finest fishing lakes in Northern Ontario.

Contact the park for more information about these canoe routes. Please note that these routes are not regularly maintained.


The sandy beach and gradual drop off make this a great swimming location for families. The beach is located in the day-use area and the swimming area is marked with buoys. Please note that there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches and pets are not permitted.


Explore the delights of Sandbar Lake by boat. A boat launch is located centrally in the park.


The lakes in and around the park teem with Northern Pike, walleye and Smallmouth Bass. A fish-cleaning station, with lights, running water and cutting tables is located by the boat launch.


Cycling is a popular way to wander through the majestic 300 year old White Pines and Red Pines that grace the campground. Kids are reminded to wear their helmets.


Hunting is allowed in the Sandbar Lake park additions. Please check with appropriate Ministry of Natural Resources personnel to ensure proper park boundaries are respected.


Sandbar Lake Provincial Park offers many amenities to make your stay there comfortable. A comfort station with flush toilets and showers is located in the main campground. You can experience paddling on Sandbar Lake in rental canoes or kayaks with free Personal Floatation Device (PFD) rentals! Or rent a motorboat and relax on the water while fishing for walleye or pike. Stop by the Park Office for souvenirs, nature books, camping supplies and outdoor clothing. For the four legged campers, Sandbar Lake offers a pet exercise area.

Just the Facts

Comfort Station(s)

A comfort station with showers and flush toilets is located in the main campground.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located in the comfort station at the campground.

Barrier Free Access

The comfort station at the campground offers barrier-free access. There is also a wheelchair ramp at the day-use area.

Day Use Area

The day-use area has a sandy beach with buoyed swimming areas, playground, picnic shelter, water taps and vault toilets. Please remember that there are no lifeguards on duty at the beach so children should be supervised.


Laundry facilities can be found at the comfort station.

Boat Launch

A boat launch is found in the campground by the fish cleaning hut.


Canoes, kayaks, and motorboats are available for rent.

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are also available for loan with a $25 refundable deposit.

Park Store

Located in the Park Office, the shop features clothing items, souvenirs, camper supplies, ice and firewood.

Groceries are available outside of the park in Ignace 11 km south of the park on Highway 599.

Picnic Shelter

There is one picnic shelter in the day-use area beside the beach. The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Park Location

Park features on this map are representative only and may not accurately depict regulated park boundaries. For official map representation of provincial parks, visit Ontario's Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park Overview - pdf

Fire Ban


There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water


There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting


There is no beach posting at this time.

Sandbar Lake Provincial Park

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