Some provincial campsites are putting up restrictions, some are even delaying their opening. What does this mean for your summer booking?
The province has seen significant rainfall in the recent months that has greatly affected the water levels of our many lakes.
Unfortunately, this has caused some provincial parks to have restrictions or even closures because of issues with flooding and washout conditions. Here are a list of parks and their recent alerts regarding this issue.
The road to the parking area to Aubrey Falls is currently closed to vehicle traffic due to washout.
Due to high water levels in the Ottawa river and heavy rainfall events, Fitzroy Provincial Park continues to experience localized flooding. Some campsites and facilities continue to be impacted.
The former Liskeard Lumber Road in Gamble Township at the Elissa Creek crossing is temporarily closed to vehicular travel. This washout prevents vehicles from safely accessing the Gamble Lake and Chance Lake access zones on the North Lady Evelyn River.
Firefly, Monarch, and Turtle Dunes campgrounds will remain closed due to flooding concerns, with an anticipated reopening on July 15, 2019.
Please be advised that due to high Lake Ontario water levels impacting beach areas and roadways, the park opening will be delayed until June 28, 2019. Visitor safety and resource protection are important. Park staff will continue to monitor conditions to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
Makobe-Grays River Provincial Park, Obabika River Provincial Park, Solace Provincial Park, and Sturgeon River Provincial Park
The former Liskeard Lumber Road in Gamble Township at the Elissa Creek crossing is temporarily closed to vehicular travel. This washout prevents vehicles from safely accessing the Gamble Lake and Chance Lake access zones on the North Lady Evelyn River. Alternative access to the North Lady Evelyn River is available at the Weedend Lake portage immediately west of the Trethewey Trail access zone. This section of road will remain closed until further notice.
Due to record high water levels in Lake Ontario, some facilities are closed. Use caution near the lake due to unstable shorelines.
Sections of the Marsh Trail were also damaged by high water levels earlier this year causing erosion and instability of the trail itself. The Marsh Trail remains open to park visitors however caution must be taken when traversing these areas of the trail during periods of inclement weather.
Due to recent heavy spring rain and high Lake Ontario water levels resulting in localized flooding, Sandbanks Provincial Park has temporarily closed the Lakeshore Beach Day Use area. The beach is significantly reduced because of high water levels. There is an erosion of the dunes and during windy days high waves wash large debris onto the shore.
For visitor safety and resource protection, the Lakeshore Beach has closed as well as the trail leading from Lakeshore Lodge to the beach, to the public. The Dunes and Cedar Sands Trail are closed due to flooding. These areas will remain closed until further notice.
Please be advised that there is a washout at the boat launch to Duke Lake. Please use extreme caution.
Spring conditions persist and are causing water levels to fluctuate drastically in a matter of hours, please be aware of possible closures, restrictions and services that may not be available upon your arrival.
Public safety and protecting park infrastructure is our main priority and will guide our decision on when to prohibit access to areas of the park or park facilities. Park staff are monitoring conditions and forecasts hourly.
It is advised to double-check any campsite you have booked this summer to understand how the water-levels have affected your chosen provincial park.
Check if your campsite has any alerts or for more details about a park mentioned here: https://www.ontarioparks.com/alerts or contact your park to see if your campsite reservation is affected by this flooding.