McRae Point Provincial Park


Location: Orillia, Ontario
Region: Central
Character: Recreation
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Length/Size: 341 acres

McRae Point Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

This small peninsula on Lake Simcoe is an ideal summer playground for swimming, boating and fishing. A drumlin on the south side is topped with hardwood forest and drains into swamp and wetlands. Explore the Water's Edge Trail and discover yellow-throated vireos and rattlesnake fern.

Camping
McRae Point has 203 campsites, 166 of which have electrical service. Most are suitable for large travel trailers and 125 are pull-through sites suited for large recreational vehicles. All sites have fire pits and picnic tables. There are comfort stations with flush toilets and showers, water taps for fresh drinking water and vault toilets scattered throughout the campgrounds. There is also a trailer sanitation station in the park. All sites are within easy walking distance to the day use area. Reservations are available for the Victoria Day weekend, then again from the 3rd Friday in June until Labour Day, during the spring and fall seasons, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnics and Day Use
Come for a day of swimming, picnicking and boating. Launch your sailboat or motorboat at the park's boat launch and cruise on lakes Simcoe and Couchiching and the Trent-Severn Waterway. Windsurfing and waterskiing are also popular. Enjoy our Pet Play Area. This area is designated for our visitors to take their pets to enjoy a cool swim on a hot summer day. Remember - Pets are to be leashed, no more than 2 metres, at all times and the stoop and scoop policy is in effect. This includes the Pet Play Area.

Electric Sites -166 of our 203 campsites have 15/30 amp. electrical service, a number of these can accommodate large travel trailer or recreational vehicles and 125 are pull-though sites.

Barrier Free Access - The comfort station in the North campground, beside campsite 53, is barrier free.

Showers - Yes

Flush Toilets - Yes

Play Area - Yes, a play area is located in the day use area. We also have swings, volleyball nets and horseshoe pits. Ask at the Registration Office for any equipment needs.

Boat Launch - Yes, our launch can accommodate a boat up to 20'. We also have 2 docks available for temporary docking.

Off Season - Gated

Hiking
Water's Edge Trail 3.5 km
This trail winds around the point, across the beach and along the south shore of McPhee Bay. Starting near the park entrance, the first stretch is wide and flat along the scenic shores of Lake Simcoe. At the most southerly tip of McRae Point, there is a splendid view of Strawberry Island and of Lake Simcoe. Keep an eye out for wild ducks.Watch for birds and wildlife as you walk through cedar and hardwood swamps and climb to a mixed forest and cedar ridge. A boardwalk crosses the fern-thick marsh then hugs the Lake Simcoe shore before reaching a lookout.

Fishing - The sport of fishing is no stranger to Lake Simcoe, one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the area. Its inhabitants include sunfish, walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass, perch and lake whitefish.

Wildlife Viewing
This rich wetland and forest supports a variety of animals and 79 species of birds, including the yellow-throated vireo and pileated woodpecker.

Boating - McRae has a boat launch and docking facilities.

Swimming - Swimming is good at the long, sand and pebble beach.

Hunting
Hunting in this park is subject to the Ontario Hunting Regulations. Certain restrictions apply. For more information, contact the park or your local area or district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

For more information:
McRae Point Provincial Park
Box 2178
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 6S1
705-325-7290