Enjoy miles of beach access across Chatham-Kent.
Beachcombers can relax on Erieau beach or enjoy a walk along the narrow pier toward the lighthouse that is surrounded by Lake Erie. The beach area features a park and playground, sand volleyball and barbeque grills along with a scenic pier with a lighthouse. Adventure seekers can rent boats and equipment for water sports. Accommodations and restaurants are also available.
The warm and shallow waters of Mitchell’s Bay make it a popular beach community. People can choose to swim in the bay or cool off at the nearby splash pad and play in the playground. Visitors can extend their time in Mitchell’s Bay with an overnight stay at a cabin, campground, cottage, or motel.
Rondeau Provincial Park is located off the shores of Lake Erie, and is prized for being the largest Carolinian forest in Canada. Rondeau offers:
- A wide variety of beautiful trees and prairie grass
- Excellent bird watching – identified as a Canadian Important Bird Area
- Camping – opens April 1st and closes the last Sunday in October
- Boating, canoeing, kayaking, sail-boating, windsurfing and motor boating
- Fishing and phenomenal wildlife viewing
- Hiking on six unique trails
- Biking on three trails
Wheatley Provincial Park is one of the most visited provincial parks in Ontario, and is home to lush forests and creeks. The 596-acre park provides an excellent recreational setting for birders, naturalists and campers. One of the highlights of this provincial park is the astonishing view of many migrating and breeding birds. Wheatley offers:
- Excellent bird watching along a bird migration route
- Camping on 220 sites, including three group sites that accommodate up to 50 people
- Boating and canoeing
- Fishing and wildlife viewing
- Hiking on two trails
Clearville Provincial Park offers an abundance of wildlife, clean beaches and nature trails.
This way to the beach!
- Mitchell’s Bay, 2 Main St.
- Clearville Park, 18498, Clearville Rd.
- Erieau Beach, 1315 Mariners Rd.
- Rondeau Provincial Park, 18050 Rondeau Park Rd., Morpeth
- Terrace Beach, 12102 Rose Beach Line
- Wheatley Provincial Park, 21116, Klondyke Rd.
- Getty’s Beach, Pier Rd., Wheatley
This Seasonal transit route offers service to recreational activities in the North Kent (Mitchell Bay) and South Kent (Erieau). Route "S1" will serve Chatham, Erieau and Mitchell Bay with stops in Grande Point, Pain Court, Charing Cross and Blenheim. The service runs annually from the Victoria Day weekend in May and continues though until Labour Day. Route S1 will operate every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between the hours of 9:00am and 8:00pm.
Fares are $5 one way for adults and $4.50 for students and seniors.
The vast seascape that surrounds this region gives boaters a choice of narrow rivers, sheltered bays, or the openness of Great Lakes to explore with many public boat launches.
Mitchell’s Bay: Full service marina with several launch ramps, a bait and accessories store, and camp sites.
Erieau: This modernized marina features an in-ground salt water pool, exercise room, and Internet access. Boaters are close to the beach, restaurants, and a boat repair facility with accessories and supplies.
Chatham Docks: Boaters can berth at the docks of the urban centres of Chatham along the Thames River, or in Wallaceburg along the Sydenham. In both communities, boaters are within a short walk to commercial districts.
Wallaceburg Water Trails: Water trails for canoes and kayaks are available on many rivers and conservation areas around the Wallaceburg area. More information about this unique trail system is available at Wallaceburg Trails.