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Windy Lake

Windy Lake Provincial Park - main photo of the park

What you'll like:

  • Fantastic sandy beaches and great swimming/water sports scene
  • Large day-use area with rental area for private use
  • Large private campsites including several double sites for multi-family camping
  • Two group camping areas including one waterfront group campsite
  • Walk-in car camping sites
  • Four all-season yurts
  • Winter cross-country skiing located northwest of Sudbury

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 93
  • Electrical Campsites - 56
  • Group Campsites - 2
  • Yurts - 4

Camping

Windy Lake Provincial Park offers large, quiet and well secluded campsites including a number of large sites set aside for double family occupancy and also walk-in campsites for those preferring greater seclusion or who want to try an easy backcountry experience.  There are also several group campsites, including a lakefront beauty. Yurts are available for year-round use.


 

Car Camping

All 93 campsites, including 56 with electricity, are secluded, large and flat. They are close to flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities, playground and drinking water taps.

Three campsites have space for double family camping.

 

Radio-Free Camping

The seven walk-in campsites on the shores of Windy Lake are all designated radio-free.

 

Group Camping

Windy Lake offers two group camping experiences.  The first site is located at the westerly most portion of the waterfront and is aptly named The Lakeside Group Site.  This is our premium location which offers a secluded beach, swimming area, volleyball court, horseshoe pit, large fire pit, water tap and bathrooms.  It also comes with a large picnic shelter (for those rainy days) and a large charcoal burning BBQ.  The site will accommodate four to six small trailers and five to ten tents.  Camping is only permitted in the treed area.

The second group site is located near the day-use area and can accommodate four to six small trailers and five to ten tents.

 

Walk-in Camping

Windy Lake offers a unique camping experience for those looking for something just a bit different.  There are seven walk-in campsites available (just a short walk from your car) with five of the sites situated on the waterfront.  This is a great introductory experience to backcountry camping.  This area is radio-free.

 

Yurts

Windy Lake features four yurts each of which are tucked away on existing campsites.  Each yurt sleeps six people (on two sets of double/single bunk beds) and comes with a table and chairs, lighting, electric heat and an electrical outlet.  Each site also has a large deck, firepit, picnic table, and propane barbeque (propane included) with side burner.  A privy is located in close proximity to all the yurts and is heated during the winter months.  The yurts at Windy Lake are available in the summer and winter months.
 
In the winter, the campground roads are transformed into cross-country ski trails and as such visitors will have to ski, snowshoe or walk to their respective yurt.  It is approximately a 10 minute walk and you are provided with a sleigh to help carry your camping gear.  To help keep damage to the groomed ski trails to a minimum please stay to the far right of the path as possible when walking in to your yurt.  The park also has 8km of snowshoe trails, and ice fishing opportunities close by.
 
In the winter Windy Lake partnerships with the Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club.  The Ski Club has been in operation for 40 years and professionally grooms over 15 kilometres of ski trails for all skill levels.  These trails offer both classic and skate skiing options and are widely regarded as some of the best ski trails in the entire region.  The Ski Club also operates the Ski Chalet (located in the main parking lot) which is open to the public from 8am to 4:30pm on Saturdays and Sundays and features flush toilets, a sitting area, wood stove and hot chocolate and coffee.  You can also rent your ski equipment here and/or take lessons from the club.

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted. Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.
 
The park office is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm and registration can be completed at the park office.  If you are arriving after hours park staff will leave your sleigh and registration package in the Ski Chalet parking lot in front of the kiosk sign.

Yurts can be reserved by calling Ontario Parks’ reservation system.

Highlights of Things to Do

Windy Lake is a recreational haven and one of the most popular recreational beach areas in the entire Sudbury region. There is no better place to relax or picnic with your family. A large buoyed swimming area provides the ideal place for kids to splash and play with the rolling green hills serving as the perfect backdrop for photos. Sailing, windsurfing, motorboating, waterskiing and beach volleyball are some favourite summertime activities at Windy Lake.

On top of the outstanding waterfront, the park offers large, quiet, well secluded campsites including a number of large sites set aside for double family occupancy. A playground, electrical hook-ups, lakefront group camping, walk-in campsites, reservable day-use area and centralized comfort stations make Windy Lake Provincial Park the ideal camping holiday. 

Windy Lake has cross-country ski trails and also winter yurt accommodation making it an ideal spot for a winter retreat!


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.

The Transition Hiking Trail 3 km, 1 hour, easy

As you walk along the trail it is hard to imagine that this was once the rim of a huge crater made by a large meteorite that impacted the earth nearly two billion years ago. Today, it is a vibrant forest that is home to many plants and animals. As you wander through the changing forest, keep your eyes open for the many birds that inhabit the area, including the Yellow Warbler, Ruffed Grouse and Pileated Woodpecker. At dusk listen for the soft haunting call of an owl. If you time your hike right you can enjoy a variety of beautiful wild flowers that grow on the forest floor including the Pink Lady’s-slipper, Twin Flower, Wild Rose and Star Flower.

 
Swimming

Windy Lake is a recreational haven and one of the most popular recreational beach areas in the entire Sudbury region. The park’s sandy beaches total more than 1.5 km of Windy Lake shoreline. There is no better place to relax or picnic with your friends and family. A large buoyed swimming area provides the ideal place for kids to splash and play with the rolling green hills serving as the perfect backdrop for photos.

 
Boating

Windy Lake is a popular boating destination in the Sudbury Area. Windy Lake has a large easily accessible boat launch.

 
Fishing

Windy Lake has excellent Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass fishing.

 
Winter Activities

When the snow falls there is no better place to be then right here at Windy Lake Provincial Park. The park offers some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the region. Many winter enthusiasts come for the day, but with four trail-side yurts that are heated and available for winter use, winter camping is easy. Access to the yurts is via ski trails only which is about a 166 m (500 ft) walk.

The Onaping Falls Nordic Ski Club (link - http://www.onapingfallsnordics.com/ ) operates a 15 kilometre trail network offering professionally groomed trails for both classic and skate styles of skiing for beginners to advance levels. Skiers may purchase a season pass, weekend pass or just pay for the day. Passes are available for purchase at the Park Office, Windy Lake Motel or at the ski chalet during the weekends.

The ski chalet is open on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information on ski trails or conditions please call (705) 855-2094.

Amenities

A playground, electrical hook ups, reservable day-use area and centralized comfort stations make Windy Lake Provincial Park the ideal camping holiday.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Windy Lake has a large comfort station in the campground and two smaller comfort stations near the day-use area.


The campground comfort station features flush toilets, hot showers, sinks, change tables and laundry facilities.

 
Flush Toilets

The park offers flush toilets.

 
Barrier Free Access

Windy Lake has two barrier-free campsites.

 
Day Use Area

Windy Lake is a great spot to relax on a sunny day; it has one of the most popular recreational beach areas in the Sudbury region.  Sailing, windsurfing, motorboating and waterskiing are favourite summertime activities with the large day-use area making it an ideal spot to spend the day relaxing, playing beach volleyball, swimming with the kids or picnicking with your family.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are available at the comfort stations.

 
Boat Launch

Windy Lake has a large cement boat launch, dock and large parking lot.

 
Rentals

Windy Lake provides rental canoes, PFDs and Tackleshare fishing equipment.

 
Park Store

Ontario Parks merchandise is available in the gatehouse.

 
French Language Services

The park offers service in French and English.

 
Picnic Shelter

Windy Lake features a reservable day-use area that is ideal for family reunions and work functions. The site features a private beach, washrooms and a large picnic shelter.

 
Pet Exercise Area

Pet owners near and far will love the Pet Recreation Area at Windy Lake Provincial Park. This large private beach front has been set aside specifically with you and your pet in mind.

Located along the shores of Windy Lake this beach front is the ideal spot to let your dog run, jump and swim. There is ample room for a picnic and many families spend the day recreating with their pets.

The Pet Recreation Area allows your pet to be off the leash but you are still required to keep constant care and control of your animal. And don’t forget to poop and scoop.

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.

Windy Lake Provincial Park

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