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Charleston Lake

Charleston Lake Provincial Park

Barrier Free

All comfort stations, yurts and the beginning of the Tallow Rock Bay Trail are barrier-free.

A beach wheelchair is available during the operating season. Visitors can loan the beach wheelchair with a refundable deposit from the park’s gatehouse or rental office.

Boat Launch(es)

One boat launch is located within the park. It is free of charge to park permit holders. Trailer parking is located adjacent to the launch.

Comfort Station(s)

Charleston Lake has excellent comfort stations. One was replaced in 2010 and two more in 2011 meaning that these facilities are completely updated for our visitors. Flush toilets, showers, laundry facilities and barrier-free access are included in each building.

Day Use

The day use beach and Shady Ridge Beach are popular destinations for both campers and day users.  Both beaches are gently sloping and marked with buoy lines.  Lifeguards are not on duty.  Both beaches have an adjacent picnic area equipped with picnic tables and hibachis.

Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located at each of our comfort stations and in the mini-comfort station in Bayside Campground.


Laundry facilities are available at each comfort station.

Park Store

Located in the gatehouse, the Charleston Lake park store offers Ontario Parks’ clothing and souvenirs, firewood and ice.

Pet Exercise Area(s)

Charleston Lake has one designated pet beach located beside the Shady Ridge Beach.


Canoes and kayaks are available for rent. Check at the gatehouse for availability.

Visitor Centre

The Discovery Centre at Charleston Lake is home to various displays, events, and is the hub of our Natural Heritage Education program. During the peak season you can stop by to see a real live Black Rat snake