Turkey Point Provincial Park
|Location:||Port Dover, Ontario|
Turkey Point Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks
The only provincial park with a golf course, Turkey Point is also a naturalist's paradise. Its diverse ecosystem includes marshes, bluffs and oak savanna. Hiking trails lead to a fish culture station, a hatchery pond, and panoramic views of Lake Erie. Camp on the bluffs, swim and sail at the beach, fish for perch or play nine holes of golf.
Turkey Point has 3 campgrounds with 235 campsites in total. The campgrounds have many wooded areas to provide shade and shelter. Most sites are shaded, large and well distanced from neighbouring sites.
The park also offers 3 Group Camping areas (one at north end of park and one at south end) which are rated for groups of 30 - 40 people.
There are three group camping sites, one accommodates 12-40 people, and the second accommodates 12-30 people and the third accommodates 12-30 people. All sites have vault toilets on-site and water nearby. It is approximately 2 km from the beach, and a short walk to the comfort stations. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (519) 426-3239.
Picnics and Day Use
The park has a picnic day use area with washroom, tables, water, and playfield. It is situated close to campgrounds but not the the beach which is located in the village of Turkey Point. The beach is approx. 1 km from the picnic area and most people choose to drive to the beach. The day use permit will allow entry to both the park/picnic area and to the day use beach parking lot in the village.
104 sites with electricity, (67 located in Walkingstick Woods Campground, 29 located in Whippoorwill Campground and 8 located in Fin & Feather Campground).
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Barrier Free Access - Swimming, Laundromat, Showers, Flush Toilets The park also has 2 disabled accessible campsites, one with electrical hook up and one without. (Site # 81-E and Site # 212)
Turkey Point has a small store located in the park office/registration office. Here you can purchase Ontario Parks souvenirs, ice, snacks, firewood, some camper supplies and other necessities such as film, batteries and bug repellent.
Yes. There are 6 showers located in each large campground for a total of 12. Two of these, (1 in each comfort station) are handicapped accessible showers.
Showers are located at the comfort stations in the Whippoorwill and Walking Stickwoods Campgrounds
Flush Toilets - Yes
Flush toilets are located at the comfort stations in the Whippoorwill and Walkingstick Woods Campgrounds. There are also flush toilets located in the vault toilet buildings located in all campgrounds as well as the Group Camping Areas.
Laundromats are located in each of the 2 main comfort stations in Walkingstick Woods and Whippoorwill campgrounds.
Play Area - Yes
The main playground area is located on the main road entering the campgrounds just south of Walkingstick Woods and next to the picnic/activity shelter.
Boat Launch - No
Boat launching facilities are located in the village of Turkey Point at the Turkey Point Marine Basin Marina. There is a charge to launch.
Trailer storage. The group BBQ is located at the picnic/activity shelter and is included in the rental price of the shelter which is $50.00 per day. Trailer storage is available by the day, week, month and overwinter from closing at Thanksgiving until opening in early May. Consult the park for rates.
Extension cords are also available for rent for those that require additional length to reach the electrical pedestal.
Some sports equipment is also available free of charge (with a deposit) such as horeshoes, basketballs, volleyballs.
Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available through the ParkSmart PFD Loan Service. For a $25 refundable deposit, visitors can borrow a properly fitted PFD for themselves and their children. Available at either the Beach Kiosk or at the Park Office.
Off Season - Gated
Bluff Lookout Trail: 2.2 km loop (1 hour) easy
This is a self-guided interpretive trail that explores the effects of man on his environment in the early twentieth century. The trail leads to a bluff overlooking the village of Turkey Point and Long Point Bay
Fin and Feather Trail - 3 km return (1.5 hours) moderate
This trail takes the visitor through a red pine plantation to the Normandale Fish Culture station. There are 3 short, steep climbs on the trail.
Rainbow Ridge Trail - 2.4 km loop (1 hour) easy
This self-guided interpretive trail explains the ecology of the park's marsh and woodland.
Long Point Bay on Lake Erie is one of the most famous bass fishing areas in Ontario, and fishing is also good for pike, perch and a variety of panfish.
Canoeing - No
Not in campground portion of park but canoeing is possible in the marshes and along shoreline off Turkey Point. Canoes can be launched from beach, marina parking lot. Canoes can be rented from private supplier located north of park. Please call for information.
Wildlife viewing is possible along hiking trails and the many trails located within the crown forest surrounding the park. As well, shorebirds can be viewed at locations along the beach shoreline near the marina at the south end of the village of Turkey Point.
Rent a boat from one of the nearby marinas or launch your own at public facilities in Long Point, St. Williams or Port Dover
Motorboat restrictions on any lakes - No
Boat launch - No
Docking facilities - No
No dedicated bicycle trails but there are many roads and trails to ride mountain bikes on in and around the park in the crown forest area.
Although no services are provided in the winter, Turkey Point and surrounding Crown land are accessible for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Snowmobiling is allowed along the park and Crown forest roads.
Turkey Point has its very own 9 hole golf course. Senior and junior rates are available starting at $10. Please check at the pro shop for further details. Special packages are available to golf and dine. Free club rentals are available to campers showing a valid camping permit. Clinics are also offered at a cost to those who wish.
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Turkey Point Provincial Park
Turkey Point, Ontario