Sandbar Lake Provincial Park

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Sandbar Lake PP is a picturesque location that features a beautiful sandy beach with a gently sloping swimming area that’s perfect for families with young children. Visitors will also discover a transitional forest that boasts an assortment of plants and animals, representing both the boreal forest and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands ecosystems. Amidst the trees, one can find erratic boulders, providing tangible evidence of the immense power of glaciers that once shaped this landscape. Furthermore, this spot serves as a gateway to some of the most challenging northern canoe routes, promising adventure and exploration for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Information

Phone #: (807)934-2995 summer, (807)223-7535 winter.
Main entrance co-ordinates: 49.467516, -91.545418
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Opening seasons: May 17 to September 22, 2024

Telephone & Internet

With the increase in people being digital nomads or wanting to work from home, being able to connect while enjoying nature is important for many people. If you have information about services, please let us know through our Contact Us page.

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.

Activities

Dog Friendly

This is a dog-friendly park with an off-leash and 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 & Accommodation

Car Camping

Sandbar Lake Campground is a cozy retreat nestled in nature. Out of its nearly 75 campsites, around one-third are equipped with electricity. Whether pitching a tent or parking a large trailer, there’s space for all camping setups. The campsites are dotted with partial shade, some providing delightful views of the nearby lake. Convenient amenities like water taps, comfort stations, and laundry facilities are just a stone’s throw away. And adventure awaits mere steps from your campsite with swimming, boating, excellent fishing spots, and scenic hiking trails nearby.

Group Camping

Sandbar Lake offers two group campsites, each with varying sizes capable of accommodating groups ranging from 15 to 100 people. Both sites feature convenient amenities such as water taps and vault toilets. Moreover, the location is within easy walking distance of comfort stations, the beach, and scenic hiking trails, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable outdoor experience for visitors.

Reservations can be made online or by phone, or by calling the park directly at 807-934-2995.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

  1. Silhouette Trail (2km, moderate): This 2-kilometer trail winds through a rich tapestry of landscapes ranging from Jack Pine woods to aspen forests and wetlands. As you traverse, you’ll encounter a myriad of plant and wildlife silhouettes, each complemented by informative fact sheets. This trail not only allows you to immerse yourself in the natural splendor and diversity of the park but also offers an educational experience, deepening your understanding of the various species inhabiting the area.
  2. Red Pine Trail (0.5km, easy): The Red Pine Trail is a brief, 0.5-kilometer self-guided route ideal for a leisurely stroll amidst nature. It guides you through a vibrant Red Pine forest, where you’ll encounter traces of past forest fires dating back to the early 1900s. These charred remnants serve as poignant reminders of the park’s historical transformations. Walk along this trail to delve into the park’s rich history and ever-changing landscape.
  3. Rockcliff Trail (4km, moderate): The Rockcliff Trail stretches over 4 kilometers, making it the lengthiest among the three trails. It presents a moderate hiking experience, providing ample opportunities to delve into the park’s distinct natural and historical attractions. Along this trail, anticipate encountering intriguing facets of the park, such as geological formations, historical landmarks, and various notable points of interest.

These trails cater to a variety of hiking preferences, accommodating both leisurely strolls and more challenging treks. Park visitors can select a trail suited to their fitness level and time constraints, all while immersing themselves in the park’s captivating natural scenery and rich history.

Biking

Cycling enthusiasts often delight in meandering through the magnificent grove of 300-year-old White Pines and Red Pines adorning the campground. Parents ensure their children wear helmets for safety while riding.

Paddling

Begin your adventure by launching your own canoe or renting one at the Park Office, allowing you to glide effortlessly onto Sandbar Lake. Whether you’re a casual day paddler or embark on a longer journey, there are options available to suit your needs.

Sandbar-Press Lake Canoe Loop: 160km, 9-12 days
This path travels past several locations adorned with pictographs.

Canoe Route 79: 4-5 days
Explore the pristine fishing lakes of Northern Ontario by paddling through some of the region’s most exquisite waterways. For further details on these canoe routes, reach out to the park directly. Keep in mind that these routes may not receive regular maintenance.

Swimming

Families will find this beach ideal for swimming, thanks to its sandy shoreline and gentle incline into the water. Situated within the day use area, the swimming zone is clearly defined by buoys. It’s important to be aware that lifeguards are not stationed here, and pets are prohibited on the premises.

Fishing

The lakes within and surrounding the park are abundant with Northern Pike, walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. Near the boat launch, there’s a fully equipped fish-cleaning station complete with lighting, running water, and cutting tables for convenience.

Maps & Resources

Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Most provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook.
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots

For a park overview map of Sandbar, visit the official website.

Local Facilities

Barrier Free

The campground’s comfort station is accessible without barriers. Additionally, a wheelchair ramp is available at the day use area for convenience.

Boat Launch(es)

The campground features a boat launch adjacent to the fish cleaning hut.

Comfort Station(s)

The primary campground features a facility equipped with showers and flush toilets for the comfort of visitors.

Day Use

The daytime recreation spot features a sandy beach with designated swimming areas marked by buoys, a playground, a picnic shelter, water taps, and vault toilets. Kindly note that lifeguards are not stationed at the beach, so it’s important for parents to supervise their children.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located in the comfort station at the campground.

Laundromat

Laundry facilities can be found at the comfort station.

Park Store

The store situated within the Park Office offers a range of products including clothing items, souvenirs, camper supplies, as well as ice and firewood.

For groceries, visitors can find them outside the park in Ignace, located 11 km south of the park on Highway 599.

Picnic Shelters

There is one picnic shelter in the day-use area beside the beach.

Rentals

Rentals of canoes, kayaks, and motorboats are at your disposal.

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) can be borrowed, requiring a refundable deposit of $25.

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