Rock Point Provincial Park


Location: Dunville, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Recreation
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Length/Size: 187 hectares

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By David Richardson

Interested in fossils that are millions of years old, beautiful sandy beaches, fantastic vistas of one of the historic Great Lakes all while set up a a comfortable campsite? Rock Point Provincial Park meets all of these needs perfectly.
Along the shoreline are huge limestone shelves that are riddled with fossils that indicate that the area was a coral reef 350 million years ago.
Looking to the east offers a view of the distant Mohawk Island Lighthouse that was build by John Brown in 1848 but is now lying in ruins. The stone structure of the lighthouse is still impressive to see from shore and work is being done to save it from the ravages of time.
Above the limestone shelves tower sand dunes, one of which supports a platform that gives the public one of the best views of Lake Erie. There are also smaller dunes that seem to be made up entirely of staggering amounts of muscle shells.
Rock Point's Carolinian forests are a popular spot for opossum, monarch butterflies and migrating birds stopping for a rest before crossing the vast lake.
For a day of exploration, a weekend trip or a summer holiday, Rock Point Loading photo...Provincial Park is worth the visit.




Rock Point Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Judging by exposed fossils embedded in limestone shelves along the beach, this peninsula was a coral reef 350 million years ago. A platform above the sand dunes offers the best view of Lake Erie, migrating birds and monarch butterflies. Now the Carolinian forests here are home to opossum, Canada's only marsupial.

Camping
178 campsites in total - 81 electrical. Most campsites are spacious and well buffered from neighbours.

Group Camping
There are three group camping sites that accommodate up to 35 people. Water taps and washrooms with flush toilets are located nearby. The site is located in close proximity to the beach, and is about a five minute drive to the comfort station. The site is available for use by any groups. For reservations, call the park directly at (905) 774-6642.

Picnics and Day Use
There are many various activities that are available for day users, picnic grounds with shelter and a playground are good in the spring and summer as well as fishing, biking, and swimming.

Electric Sites - 81 Electrical Sites

Barrier Free Access
Laundromat, Park Store, Showers, Flush Toilets.

Park Store
Ontario Parks souvenir merchandise, wood, ice, snacks, hot coffee, cold beverages, newspapers, camping supplies, groceries, novelties, ice cream and bike rentals. There is also a hot food section in the store where we sell, hotdogs, fries, burgers, onion rings etc. It is open weekends from the third weekend in May, June, September to the second weekend in October, July & August 9 till 9 daily.

Showers
Yes (located in the center of the east and west campgrounds).

Flush Toilets - Yes (Located in comfort stations).

Laundromat - Yes

Play Area
Yes -Two, one in the center of the campground, and the other in the day-use area.

Rentals
PFD Loan Service For a $25 refundable deposit, visitors can borrow a properly fitted PFD for themselves and their children. Staff can provide additional information and can outfit visitors with a PFD at the Park Store.

Bicycle Rentals

Hiking
Woodlot Trail - 5km return (2 hours) easy
This trail travels through a variety of different environments within the park, along the top of a lakeside bluff, through old field and into a Carolinian Woodlot. Stairs lead down the side of the bluff to the beach or limestone shelf with many fossils. Viewing platforms overlook Lake Erie and nearby Mohawk Island and lighthouse.

Boating
Motorboat restrictions on any lakes - No
Boat launch - No - Boats can be launched in the nearby towns of Dunnville, Port Maitland or Lowbanks
Docking facilities - No

Fishing
Bass, Perch, Pickerel, Non stocked, best to fish in the early summer.

Canoeing
Grand River- 200km, 1wk, 17 portages, Easy, There is little white water on the river, One should be careful due to the strong current In places.

Wildlife Viewing
The Park is visited each September by throngs of monarch butterflies, readying themselves for their awesome migratory trek to Mexico where they hibernate on mountaintops during the winter. Migrating birds travel through the park throughout the spring, summer and Fall. Over 260 species have been recorded.

Education - Various programs happen daily.

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:
Rock Point Provincial Park
Box 158
Dunnville, Ontario
N1A 2X5
905-774-6642