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Day on the Water

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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. Keep reading for a few great ideas for the perfect day on the water in CK.

River Adventure 

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.  

Gone Fishing  

If you are looking to go fishing in CK, 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 pier in the community of Erieau 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.

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. You can also travel to Mitchell's Bay for an early dinner at Parkside Restaurant or Bob n' Buoys Bar & Boil. Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the waters of the bay, soaking in the final hours of a summer's day sunset.

Beach Days 

If it's a day at one of CK's beaches you crave, there are plenty of options, from Clearville Park, Terrace Beach, Rondeau Provincial Park, Erieau, Mitchell's Bay to WheatleyErieau 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. Grab some ice cream at ErieView Ice Cream and wrap up the day with a fresh perch dinner at Molly and OJ's Restaurant and Sandbar. 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 and enjoy some dessert from iScreams while you stroll through the beautiful town. Stop to take a picture with Captain Wheatley on the Grant Bowman Trail to capture the perfect day on the water.  

With so many ways 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?

We've outlined just some of the things to do when you #VisitCK, but be sure to come and discover on your own. Follow #SeeYouinCK on Facebook and Instagram for more great places to visit and ways to spend your days in Chatham-Kent.

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