MacGregor Point Provincial Park


Location: Saugeen Shores, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Natural Environment
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Length/Size: 1,204 hectares

MacGregor Point Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

A complex ecosystem unfolds at this all-season park on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast on Lake Huron. Guided walks by the shore and through silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, fens and bogs reveal unusual inhabitants. Carnivorous (meat-eating) plants make this their home. Rare dwarf lake iris and the elusive spotted turtle appear in the spring. Migrating birds, including the black-crowned night heron and the American egret, stop here to snack. Winter visitors can camp in yurts and cross-country ski.

Visit the Friends of MacGregor Point web site

Camping
MacGregor Point has a total of 360 campsites located in three campgrounds. The campsites are well separated and private. All sites are treed, generous and have a level surface. Several campsites are designed for use by persons with disabilities. Huron Campground is a radio-free zone.

Campsites are available for reservation and on a first come first serve basis year round. The campgrounds in operation vary with the season. Birch Boulevard is open year round with campsites available on both a first come first serve or reservation basis.

MacGregor Point also offers camping in 12 yurts. A yurt is a semi-permanent vinyl-covered structure that is 16 feet in diametre, mounted on a wooden deck about two feet off the ground. Yurts can accommodate up to six people. They have two sets of bunk beds, a table and chairs for six, electric heat and lighting, and a propane barbecue outdoors. In the summer, a dining shelter is located on the site. The yurts are open year round, reservations are recommended. Pets are not permitted.

Electric Sites
140 sites with electricity plus twelve yurt sites with electricity. The large private electrical sites may mean that you need to bring an extra long extension cord to reach the electrical outlet.

Group Camping
There are two group camping sites that accommodate 9-36 people. Sites have water taps and outhouses on site. Comfort stations and the beach would require transportation. One of the two sites has trailer access. For reservations, call the park directly at (519) 389-9056.

Note: Campers who have a sensitivity to Poison Ivy should be aware that it grows naturally throughout the park.

Hiking
Huron Fringe Trail 1.2km (35 minutes)easy
The Huron Fringe trail circles the Visitor Centre. Its boardwalk surface makes it compatible for the physically challenged. Interpretive signs along the way teach about the various habitats you are visiting. Several resting spots provide viewing areas for turtles and shore birds. Bicycles are not allowed on this trail.

Audio TrailsOld Shore Road Trail 6 km (4 hours)easy
This trail follows the Lake Huron shoreline. In pioneer days it was part of the route that provided land transportation between Goderich and Southampton. This trail offers excellent views of the shore and beach areas. Viewing platforms are located in several places. This trail can also be used for biking and cross-country skiing. Wheelchairs find most of this trail easy to use.

Lake Ridge Trail 4km (2.5 hours) moderate
This trail offers a longer circle route in the interior of the park. The terrain here is rough and is suitable only for hikers wearing sturdy shoes. The trail is named after the shoreline ridge of glacial Lake Nipissing which existed here some 5,500 years ago. A short side trail takes you to a boardwalk overlooking a former beaver pond and abandoned lodge. Storyboards tell about an old corduroy logging road, early settlement, and the forest. Bicycles are not permitted on this trail.

Tower Trail 3.5km return (1.5 hours) easy
This trail takes the visitor around a wetland providing great opportunities for waterfowl and wildlife viewing. An observation tower provides a panoramic view of the wetland. Story boards are located along the trail to help you understand the wetland environment. Cyclists also use this trail. Wheelchairs can use the section of this trail between the parking lot and the observation tower.

Kempfs Trail 0.8 km (20 min) easy
Kempfs Trail offers a connecting route between the main park road and the Old Shore Road Trail. It is named after one of the former landowners in this part of the park.

Boating
Motorboat restrictions on any lakes - No
Boat launch - No
Docking facilities - No

Swimming
Description of beach-Sandy with boulders.
Description of water - Gradually slopes into Lake Huron
Is there a buoyed area - No
Length of beach - 50m (2)
Change facilities - Yes (1) (day use area)

Fishing
Fishing along the shore is limited. The nearby Saugeen River is good for Bass, Perch, Lake Trout, Pickerel, Pike, Salmon.
More information on fishing.

Canoeing & Kayaking
Caution should be used by anyone canoeing or kayaking along the shore of Lake Huron because water conditions can change quickly. The nearby Saugeen River provides excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities.

For more information:
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
1593 Bruce Road 33,
R.R. #1
Port Elgin Ontario
N0H 2C5
519-389-9056