Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Ontario

ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.

New Camping Rules for 2023 (14-night max) – new for 2023 are revised rules about the maximum number of nights you can camp. In this park, if you are camping between July 1 and the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend, you’ll be restricted to no more than 14-nights at this park. Outside of those dates, it’s still the old 23-night maximum. Ontario Parks promises this will be clear when booking.
Rules for backcountry camping and the roofed accommodation haven’t changed.

A favorite family camping destination offering excellent swimming, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing

Rocky lake and forest landscape that is an extension of the Canadian Shield

Great hiking trails including a vantage point from the highest peak in the county

Nature Centre and Natural Heritage Education program

Charleston Lake Official website
Charleston Lake Official Facebook
Charleston Lake Magazine: a private group that you can ask to join.
Friends of Charleston Lake: membership is available


Phone #: (613) 659-2065
Main entrance co-ordinates: 44.50176, -76.04133
Address: 148 Woodvale Rd. Lansdowne, K0E 1L0
Opening seasons: May 10, 2023 to October 15, 2024

Telephone & Internet

With the increase in people being digital nomads or wanting to work from home, connecting while enjoying nature is important for many people. The good news is that we were able to get a decent signal for phone calls and basic internet services.

Travel, Directions & Distances

Nearby Parks & Conservation Areas

If the park is very busy, especially one that requires a reserved day pass, you might want to consider a nearby park or conservation area.

Frontenac provincial park

Murphys Point Provincial Park

Silver Lake Provincial Park


Dog Friendly

This is a dog-friendly park with a dog-friendly beach area. You can find more information about having dogs at Ontario Parks in our “Dog-Friendly Ontario Provincial Parks” post, which includes a list of parks with specific dog-use facilities.

Camping & Accomodation

Car Camping

Charleston Lake offers camping in three separate campgrounds. The Bayside and Shady Ridge Campgrounds are located adjacent to the lake in a mature, wooded setting. The Meadowlands Campground is located in a younger forest with some partially open sites for those sun seekers.

Each campground has a mixture of electrical and non-electrical sites and can accommodate camping equipment ranging from a tent to a large RV. All campgrounds offer treated drinking water and comfort stations with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities. Hiking trails, Nature Centre, Day Use area and Amphitheatre are only a short walk away.

Group Camping

Charleston Lake features three secluded group camping areas, separate from our main campgrounds. Each site can accommodate up to 40 individuals. Adjacent to the sites, you’ll find vault toilets and treated drinking water for your convenience. Each site boasts ample amenities, including a spacious, level grass area with a covered picnic shelter and a designated fire pit. Please note that electricity is not provided at these locations. Reservations can easily be secured online or by phone.

Roofed Accommodation

At Charleston Lake Provincial Park, visitors can enjoy a range of roofed accommodations nestled within the serene natural surroundings. These accommodations offer a comfortable and convenient retreat for guests looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of the park while still enjoying modern comforts. From cozy cabins tucked away in the forest to rustic yurts with picturesque views, there’s an option to suit every preference and group size. Whether seeking a peaceful getaway or a base for outdoor adventures, the roofed accommodations at Charleston Lake Provincial Park provide the perfect balance of relaxation and wilderness exploration.

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Hiking, Biking & Paddling


Trails: choice of 7 trails ranging in distance from under 2 km to about 10 km. Trails run from easy to difficult.


Trails: Easy biking on park roads but no off-road routes.


Routes: There are plenty of choices, and most are free of motorized boats. Portage routes for the more adventurous.

Maps & Resources

Park and trail maps (PDF) can be downloaded from the official web page – maps

Local Facilities

Accessible Facilities

  • The comfort stations, yurts, and the beginning of the Tallow Rock Bay Trail are designed to be barrier-free, ensuring accessibility for all visitors.

beach accessibility

  • A beach wheelchair is provided during the operating season and is available for loan with a refundable deposit from the park’s gatehouse or rental office.

boat launch

  • The park offers one boat launch free of charge for park permit holders, with adjacent trailer parking available.

comfort stations

  • Charleston Lake features modern comfort stations with updated visitor facilities, including flush toilets, showers, laundry, and barrier-free access.

Day use amenities

  • The day-use beach and Shady Ridge Beach are popular destinations. Both feature gently sloping shores, buoy lines for safety, and adjacent picnic areas equipped with tables and hibachis. Be advised that lifeguards are not on duty.

Flush Toilets

  • Flush toilets are conveniently available at each comfort station and in the mini-comfort station at Bayside Campground.

Laundry Facilities

  • Laundry services are provided at each comfort station for the convenience of visitors.

park store

  • The park store is located in the gatehouse and offers a variety of items, including Ontario Parks’ clothing, souvenirs, firewood, and ice.

Pet-Friendly Area

  • Charleston Lake provides one designated pet beach beside the Shady Ridge Beach for visitors with pets.


  • Canoes and kayaks are available for rent, with availability information accessible at the gatehouse.

Visitor Centre

  • The Discovery Centre at Charleston Lake is a focal point for various displays, events, and the Natural Heritage Education program. During peak season, visitors can explore and learn, including opportunities to encounter live wildlife like the Black Rat snake.
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