Sandbar Lake Provincial Park

Location: Dryden, Ontario
Region: Northwestern
Character: Natural Environment
Length/Size: 20 acres

Sandbar Lake Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Sandbar Lake, the largest of 10 lakes in this park just off the Trans-Canada Highway, has a fine sandy beach with spotted sandpipers, and excellent walleye and pike fishing. It's a starting point for canoeists seeking challenging routes. Look for lynx and painted turtles, erratic boulders and an esker.

The park has 74 campsites, 28 of which have electricity. All campsites are close to comfort stations and showers.

Open from mid-May to the third week of September, the park operates on a self-serve basis during low-use periods and after hours. Pick up a self-registration envelope at the Gatehouse.

Picnics and Day Use
Day visitors can spend the day at the beach, swim in the lake and stay for a picnic. There are washrooms and a playground in the day-use area.

Electric Sites - 28

Group Camping - Two group camping sites at Sandbar Lake can accommodate up to 100 people. Water is on site and bathrooms are in close proximity. The area is within walking distance of comfort stations, the beach and hiking trails. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (807) 934-2995.

Visitor Centre - No
Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets. campsites

Park Store
Firewood, ice and other merchandise are available in the park and at the Gatehouse.

Showers - Yes
Flush Toilets - Yes
Laundromat - Yes
Play Area - Yes, at the beach
Boat Launch - Yes, at the centre of the park west of the beach
French Language Services - Yes
Rentals - Canoes and kayaks
Off Season - Gated

Silhouette Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) moderate
This trail weaves through jack pine woods, aspen forests and wetlands. A short side trail (0.7 km) leads to Savitsky Lake.

The lakes in and around the park teem with northern pike, walleye and small mouth bass. A fish-cleaning station, with lights, running water and cutting tables, is located by the boat launch.

From Sandbar Lake, you can paddle numerous challenging canoe routes, including the 160-km Sandbar-Press Lake Loop, which takes between nine to 12 days to complete and passes several pictograph sites. You can rent canoes at the park.

Wildlife Viewing
Keen-eyed visitors have glimpsed the elusive lynx as well as the more conspicuous moose, white-tailed deer, beaver, otter and painted turtle. Watch for spotted sandpipers darting across the beach, loons on the lake, grouse underfoot and Canada jays, red-winged blackbirds and woodpeckers above.

All boats are allowed on Sandbar Lake with this caveat: high winds turn this shallow lake into choppy waters.

A sandy beach, shallow water and a buoyed area make Sandbar Lake ideal for family swimming.

For more information:
Sandbar Lake Provincial Park
Box 730
Dryden, Ontario
P8N 2Z4