Chatham-Kent is known for its beautiful access to both Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair but the hidden gems are the multiple boat launches to both the Sydenham and Thames River. Below are few great ideas for the perfect day on the water in CK.
Spend the day fishing or exploring the Sydenham River, you can put your boat, kayak, or canoe in at the Dresden Boat Launch. If you are in need of a rental or looking for new fishing gear, visit the Crappie Store in Dresden. Head up the river towards the Wallaceburg Docks to explore Wallaceburg's downtown. You can enjoy a delicious meal at The Stubby Goat, The Black Goose Grill, or James Street Eatery before heading back.
If you are looking to go fishing on the lakes, try a charter rental. It will be great day out with your friends and there are several local charters to choose from like Butcher Buoy Fishing Charter and Bass Haven. Another great place to try fishing is from the Erieau pier or just sit with a picnic lunch and cast the line behind Erieau's Fire Hall. If you are in Rondeau Park, behind the Park Store is a nice quiet spot to fish on the bay. You can stop for dinner at Rondeau Joe's or ice cream at the Bayview Market on your way home. At Parry Landing in Pain Court you can launch your canoe and go fishing along the Thames River. End the day with a tasty meal at the Central Tavern. (Be sure you have your outdoors card to fish and know your limits.)
The Bay Float
You and your friends can visit Shrewsbury to explore the Rondeau Bay Marches Conservation Area with kayaks rentals from Shrewsbury/ Rondeau Kayaks & Bait. Or travel to Mitchell's Bay for an early dinner at Parkside Restaurant or Bob n' Buoys Bar & Boil. Then enjoy a leisurely paddle along the waters of the bay, soaking in the final hours of a summer's day sunset.
If it's a day at the beach you crave, there are plenty of options from Clearville Park, Terrace Beach, Rondeau Provincial Park, Erieau, Mitchell's Bay to Wheatley. Erieau has a long and sandy beach, a mobility mat and fully accessible playground equipment. You can take a walk along the Boulevard Trail and stop in the cute shops like the Gift Cabin and Five Eau. Cool off with a sweet treat at ice cream at ErieView Ice Cream and wrap up the day with a fresh perch dinner at Molly and OJ's Restaurant and Sandbar. Or take a lovely scenic drive to Wheatley and spend the day at Getty's Beach, Pier Road Beach or Wheatley Provincial Park. After a fun day of play have dinner at Renny's The Village Smokehouse or The Pogue - Irish Pub. Enjoy dessert from iScreams while you stroll through the beautiful town. Stop to take a picture with Captain Wheatley on Grant Bowman Trail to capture the perfect day on the water.
With so many options to spend a day on the water in CK, you can plan several days of fun to fill your summer. Why not extend your stay and take advantage of one of our many hotels or bed and breakfast locations.
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