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Beaches

Covid-19 Notice: Please practice social distancing at all area beaches. As a result of reduced staffing levels, most accessible public washroom facilities are closed but porta-johns are available.

There is nothing quite like a day at the beach, especially in Chatham-Kent! As one of Canada's sunny south destinations, Chatham-Kent features numerous clean, sandy beaches and offers plenty of fresh open water allowing fun for all ages. Chatham-Kent is home to 88 kilometres of shoreline along Lake Erie and 24 kilometres along Lake St. Clair. That leaves a lot of room for play along the beach and on the water. Delight in a day full of sun, sand and water or make use of our waterways for water sports. Be sure to practice social distancing and leave nothing behind but your footprints!

Clearville Park

Your visit here offers a variety of activity on any given day. You can simply spend time on the beach soaking in the sun and just relaxing, or take a dip in the water! Those more adventurous can enjoy fishing or a hike through nearby wooded nature trails to experience the rich local flora and fauna. 

Erieau

A day at Erieau is like none other. You can relax along the long stretches of white, sandy beach, enjoy a walk along the pier, play in the sand, on the playground, and even take advantage of barbeque grills. Bring home memories with an iconic scenic pier photo at the lighthouse, or rent water sport equipment for a fun day out on Lake Erie. Those with mobility issues will love the mobility mat that leads to the water, making the water and beach accessible to all! Water safety is your responsibility as there are no lifeguards on duty in the Eau. Accommodations, restaurants, a craft brewery and ice cream are all available just a short walk away. 

Mitchell's Bay

The warm and shallow waters of Mitchell's Bay on Lake St Clair make it a popular beach destination for the whole family. Whether you choose to swim in the bay, cool off at the nearby splash pad (currently not in operation), relax under the trees with a picnic, admire the Detroit skyline in the distance, or take in the most magnificent sunset, this is a spot for all ages! Water safety is your responsibility as there are no lifeguards on duty at "the bay". Local restaurants are a short stroll away from the beach, parking is plentiful and is close by. Kids will love the playground (and ice cream), while those looking to extend their time can rent a cabin, campground, cottage, or motel nearby.  

Rondeau Provincial Park

A day at the beach inside Ontario's second oldest provincial park offers you much more than just spectacular sand and sun. With a wide variety of beautiful trees, excellent bird watching, hiking trails and much more, a visit to Rondeau can easily become a full week! Boating, canoeing, kayaking, sail-boating, windsurfing and motor boating are all options to extend your time at the beach. You can take refuge from the sun in one of six unique hiking trails, or bike on one of three trails available. You can choose to swim, at your own risk, on the Rondeau Bay side, where sheltered and non sheltered picnic locations are available. The Lake Erie side of the park offers 11 kilometres of sandy beach - water safety is your responsibility as there are no lifeguards on duty. Along this side of the Rondeau peninsula, there are many species at risk including the endangered Fowler's Toad and Common Five-lined skink, so tread carefully and mind the driftwood where beach and dune habitats lie!

Wheatley Provincial Park

Located inside the park is Wheatley Beach, available to both campers and day-use visitors. If you are looking for a great day spent on the water swimming or paddling, this beach will fit the bill! The beach itself is a bit gravelly, but changes to sand once you get in a few feet into the water. The water itself is perfect for swimming, floating or playing catch, but can get deep quickly. There is canoe and kayak access to both Lake Erie and the park creeks at the furthest end of the road.  

Seasonal "Beach Bus" (currently not in operation for 2020)

Don't have a car but want to go to the beach? No problem! Chatham-Kent offers a seasonal transit route so you can enjoy all we have to offer. Route "S1" serves Chatham, Erieau and Mitchell Bay with stops in Grande Point, Pain Court, Charing Cross and Blenheim. Bus service runs annually from the Victoria Day weekend in May and continues through until Labour Day. You can catch a bus every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between the hours of 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. Fares: $5 one way for adults and $4.50 for students and seniors. Call 519-436-3233 for more information.