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Turkey Point

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What you'll like:

  • Only provincial park with a golf course
  • Three hiking trails
  • Great beach in the village of Turkey Point – shallow, buoyed swimming, great for kids.
  • Marina, restaurants, zip lining, winery all within two kilometres
  • Group camping
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Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 235
  • Electrical Campsites - 124
  • Group Campsites - 3

Camping

Turkey Point offers a variety of campsites in three campground areas including a number of larger pull through sites. The smallest of the campgrounds (Fin & Feather) offers radio-free camping. There are two designated barrier-free campsites in the park (one is electrical and can be reserved) which are located directly opposite the comfort station in their respective campgrounds. Sites on the outside loops are large with larger buffered areas for privacy. The campground exists in a mature forest of Black Oak and pines so some shade is always available.


 

Car Camping

All campsites offered at Turkey Point are car campsites. There are 26 pull through campsites; a number of which will accommodate larger trailers and motorhomes. Over half of the campsites offer both 15 and 30 amp electric service. Amenities include large comfort stations with flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities. Water taps are located randomly throughout the campgrounds. Vault toilet buildings are also located in the south and north areas of the campgrounds.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Radio-free Camping is offered in Fin & Feather Campground (20 sites). Eight of these sites offer an electrical hook up.

 

Group Camping

Turkey Point offers three group camping areas. The largest (for 40-50 people) is located in the north end of the park. Areas 2 and 3 are located in the southern portion of the park and each area can accommodate 25-30 people. A vault toilet building is located right at or within a two minute walk of the group campsite. Water taps, picnic tables and a large fire pit are located at each group camping area.

Highlights of Things to Do

Turkey Point is situated in the heart of Norfolk County, on Long Point Bay, just outside the village of Turkey Point. All the basic amenities are offered along with a very nice, safe beach which is found within the village of Turkey Point.

The campgrounds are located on a bluff outside the village, so the beach is approximately two kilometres from the campground. Most people choose to drive their vehicles but you can also bicycle or walk.

A large marina is located in the village to launch all sizes of water craft. Two Sea-Doo rental concessions are also available.  A local mountain bike club has developed a network of trails both within and outside the park which range from novice to expert rider.

Being located in the heart of Norfolk, there are many attractions nearby. Long Point Eco-Adventures offers ziplining, observatory, mountain bike trails, canoe and kayak rentals (as well as half and full day trips on Big Creek) and a winery, are within a kilometre of the park.

Long Point Provincial Park is a half hour drive away and your Turkey Point Provincial Park camping or day-use pass can be used to access the park. The Backus Conservation Area is a 15 minute drive west of the park and offers a glimpse into early settler days with a museum, historic buildings, village, education centre and special events (entry fee required). There are many restaurants, wineries in the local area and Port Dover is a 15 minute drive to the east.


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.

Turkey Point has three hiking trails within or adjacent to the park.

Lookout Bluff Trail – 2.2 km, easy
Hike from the park office to the edge of the bluff overlooking Long Point Bay and return.

Fin & Feather Trail – 4.0 km, medium
Begin at the north end of the Fin & Feather Campground and hike along the old hatchery pond to the Normandale Fish Hatchery, around to the north boundary of the park and then retrace the trail back into the park.

Oak Savanna Trail – 1.0 km, easy
This trail is located just east of the Whippoorwill Campground and takes you through an area of plantation and naturally forested areas that have had controlled fires (prescribed burns) to return the area to a natural oak and pine forest cover.

 
Canoeing

Canoes can be launched from the beach that fronts the village. From here you can paddle westward towards the Turkey Point marsh area.

 
Swimming

The beach is located in the village and stretches over two kilometres. It can be accessed at the main parking lot as well as two other access points. There is also free street parking outside the parking lot. The beach is very sandy and safe for swimmers, especially children. There are no life guards posted so parents and guardians must be responsible. The swimming area at the main parking lot is also marked by a buoy line to keep swimmers and boaters at a safe distance from one another. The water is generally warm with a sandy bottom and there is no undertow. Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available (with a small refundable deposit) from the parking lot entrance.

 
Boating

Although boating is not offered within the park, boats can be launched at a nearby marina in Turkey Point (Turkey Point Marine Basin) for a fee.

 
Fishing

Visitors can fish from shore at the breakwall adjacent to the marina at the south end of Turkey Point. For those that have boats or wish to rent them from the marina, the fishing on Long Point Bay is excellent for bass and perch.

 
Biking

The local Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club (TPMBC) has a network of trails both within and adjacent to the park for mountain bike riders. Mountain Bike Trail Maps are available.  For further information visit: www.TPMBC.ca  

The privately-owned Long Point Eco-Adventures (1 km west of park) also offers a network of mountain bike trails at their facility.

Besides mountain bike trails there are several kilometres of hard surfaced and park campground roads to ride bicycles.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Besides the self-guided trails, the park does offer children’s programs and special events on July and August weekends.

Turkey Point also celebrates Halloween every Thanksgiving weekend. There are prizes for decorated campsites, pumpkin carving, crafts and trick or treating for the kids.

 
Birding

Although bird watching is not a main activity within the park, the area is well known for bird migration and many bird watchers frequent Turkey Point and Long Point Provincial Parks The head office for the Long Point Bird Observatory is located in Port Rowan (15 minutes) which offers a bird banding station along with information on many bird species in this part of the province.

Amenities

Whether you’re staying overnight, for a weekend or a week, Turkey Point offers visitors quiet seclusion (especially during the weekday period.

Modern amenities including flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are offered along with a park store where firewood, ice, basic camper supplies, clothing and souvenirs are available.

The park is located approximately 15 minutes west of Port Dover and 20 minutes south of the town of Simcoe which offers everything required by campers. Along with the great camping and beach, there are many tourist attractions and activities located within 30 minutes of the park.

Just the Facts

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are found in both large comfort stations located in Walkingstick Woods and Whippoorwill Campgrounds.

 
Barrier Free Access

Access is available at both comfort stations as well as all vault toilet buildings within the campground areas. A designated barrier-free campsite with electrical hook up (campsite #81) is also available adjacent to the comfort station located in Walkingstick Woods Campground. A non-electrical barrier-free campsite (campsite #212) is located directly across from the main comfort station in Whippoorwill Campground.

 
Day Use Area

Several small picnic areas are located in the main portion of the park and offer picnic tables, BBQs, garbage cans and drinking water taps. The beach day-use area is located about two kilometres away in the village of Turkey Point. There are a number of stores, hotel and restaurants adjacent to the beach area. The beach is not supervised by lifeguards.

 
Laundry

Located at both Walkingstick and Whippoorwill comfort station locations.

 
Boat Launch

Boats can be launched from the private marina (Turkey Point Marine Basin) located at the south end of Turkey Point.

 
Park Store

A small park store is located at the park office. Basic camper’s supplies, souvenirs, clothing, snacks, beverages, ice and firewood are available.

 
Picnic Shelter

The picnic shelter is available for rent by interested groups; primarily mid-week during summer months and daily in the spring and fall. Note that Natural Heritage Education programs operate out of the picnic shelter during summer weekends so availability may be limited during that time.   

The shelter is located on the main road entering the campgrounds and adjacent to the children’s playground area.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Park Maps (pdf)

Park 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.

Turkey Point Provincial Park

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