Windy Lake Provincial Park is located 45 minutes west of Sudbury off of Highway 144.
The campground sits on the beautiful sandy shores of Windy Lake in Northern Ontario.
Windy Lake Provincial Park – The Campground
There are a variety of options for camping at Windy Lake.
The campground itself has over 90 regular campsites with half of them featuring electricity. These sites are in loops separating the non-electrical from the electrical. All sites are large and provide plenty of room for trailers or multiple tents.
There are also unique “double sites” where two sites combine into one large lot. These sites are perfect to use as a smaller group camping site.
Another unique feature is the four Yurt sites and Rustic Cabin camping. Each can house multiple people and have beds built into them. The Rustic Cabin even has a fridge and a microwave while the yurts have an electrical outlet.
An unique feature is the walk-in camping sites that are accessible only by foot. There is a common parking area but vehicles aren’t permitted on the sites. It gives the site a backcountry feel but still easy to get to.
What to do at Windy Lake Provincial Park?
The beach is one of the larger ones in the Sudbury area. Not only is it well frequented by campers, many visitors from nearby Sudbury will visit the beach on day passes.
There is a private reservable day-use area that is separate from the beach but can hold a group gathering. This is not a bad idea because the beach fills up fast.
The water get progressively deeper and is a bit cold, but the sand will burn your toes on hot days. It’s a good trade off.
There are two separate play equipment in the park. One is right down in the public day use area and is almost brand new. Complete with a see-saw, zip line and swing, the play area is great for children. The other play area is located just outside of the comfort station in the main park.
Although it is a bit older, it is much quieter then the beach play equipment and a great after supper event.
One of the downfalls of the park, is that the beach is a pretty good hike from the campground. Although, there is a walking path to cut down the distance, it is still a good walk.
Many boats travel the lake as well. You can see many people fishing at Windy Lake as you sit on the shores.
Going after a variety of fish, but known for it’s Lake Trout, the lake offers great catches both in the summer and winter. Ice fishing on Windy Lake is unique as you can rent ice shacks for the day.
Hiking at Windy Lake
There is one hiking trail in the park, right near the comfort station.
The three kilometre trail, takes you into the vast Northern Ontario wilderness.
Large trees showcase the vast array of birds and small animals.
The trail to the Beach is a hike in it’s own however. Featuring some great roots that make up nature’s staircase, the dip in the lake at the end is a great reward.
Windy Lake Provincial Park Review
If you are looking to camping near Sudbury, Windy Lake Provincial Park offers a great time. Similar to Fairbank Provincial Park, Windy offers a glimpse of the great beaches in the area.
Multiple playgrounds and a large variety of camping sites, there is something for everyone.