Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

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Sharbot Lake Provincial Park

Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
3.5
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3.5
69 reviews
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KWB354
Sanger, CA37 contributions
Enjoyable campground marred by too much road noise
Aug. 2021 • Family
Park is nice. We had a site across from the playground and near the Black Lake beach. Clean and well ordered, and the grandkids had a wonderful time. Only real complaint is that the entire park is very close to Highway 7, and traffic noise is noticeable at all times.
Written September 5, 2021
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bananabrianna
Consecon, Canada128 contributions
Drive past Silver Lake and come here instead
Jul. 2021 • Family
Worth the drive 10 minutes past Silver Lake PP to go here instead! Lots of sites with varying topography. Walk-in waterfront sites, electrical sites, tent sites. Kids park is great-beach very small but nicely groomed. Enjoyed our stay here
Written August 3, 2021
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Lori
Kirkland, Canada1 contribution
Too noisy
Jul. 2021 • Couples
Very disappointed with Sharbot lake. I had read the reviews and thought I was prepared for some road noise. The park rests between the lake and highway 7, and highway traffic is a constant with trucks, and motorcycles as the worst. Hiked the main trail 1.5 kms, biked the park, all very small. Recommend canoeing to the portage and continuing in Sharbot lake. Drove into Perth, 30 minutes away for dinner, at Fiddlehead’s, beautiful view from the patio of the park. Glad we visited Sharbot but definitely not a return visit for us.
Written July 25, 2021
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Chelsea M
Kitchener, Canada17 contributions
Small and sweet
Jul. 2021
Sharbot Lake is a beautiful park if you're looking for a road trip destination. It is small - under 200 camp sites, most of which are not large in size. Some campsites overlook the lake, and you can hear loons all night long. However, you can also hear the traffic on Highway 7 (even on the far side of the park) as well as other campers - remember that sound travels on the water. I'm not sure what other reviewers are saying about the "sound police", though... we found park staff to be about on par compared to the other provincial parks I've been to as far as noise enforcement.

The gypsy moth caterpillars were in full force when we were there... it sounded like it was raining the entire time but it was really caterpillar faeces falling from the sky. If you're not into insects, maybe try and find a park that is less Oak-filled.

We rented a canoe for 2 hours @ $30; it takes an hour-ish to canoe the entire perimeter of the lake, which is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The beach, on the other hand, was disappointing in that it has a very small shoreline and feels crammed with people on a sunny day. If you're not a kid person, avoid altogether.

There are only 2 very small trails at this park. If you're looking for good hiking, I recommend taking a day trip to Frontenac, which is less than an hour away (be sure to swim off the rocks located just inside the entrance.... divine). *There is currently free entry into Ontario Parks for a daytime visit from Monday-Thursday*

There was nothing spectacular about Sharbot Lake, but it is a nice one to go to if you're someone who likes to explore Ontario's parks.
Written July 18, 2021
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Tim
Kingston, Canada1 contribution
Bad experience
Aug. 2020 • Friends
Park rangers over police you, camp ground is aided by side, might as well camp in your own backyard, you won’t get policed for whispering too loud.
Written November 21, 2020
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Tiffany Lam
Toronto, Canada11 contributions
Not too bad...
Sep. 2020
Went for a three day, two night trip in September.

The park itself was not too busy, which was great.

We booked campsite 123, which is a premium site, so it costs extra. Definitely worth it as you can see Black Lake and you can walk down and do some fishing from your campsite.

Highway 7 was NOISY! Defeats the purpose of having a relaxing, peaceful trip, and the park is so close, you can see the cars and trucks traveling on the highway from the campsite.

There is only one loop trail, the discovery trail that I would not recommend for the little kids. Steep going uphill and downhill. Most of the lookout points were blocked by shrubs.

The vault toilet is closer to campsite 123 than it appears on the website. At night, it was kind of annoying to hear the constant bang of the toilet lid and the door being open/closed. No sink at this vault toilet, however there is sanitizer. On the first day, it was surprisingly clean, however it started to get its funk the day after. The staff did come by and clean everyday.

Beaches were small but very beautiful. Plenty of picnic benches.

It was unfortunate to see campers leaving their garbage strewn all over their campsite after they had left. While driving to the beach, we noticed water bottles, firewood bags, etc left all over the empty campsites, and even one with a fire still going. Very disappointing.

Other than that, we were never bothered by the Park Warden as I’ve read on most reviews, and had a great but short getaway from the city!
Written September 15, 2020
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holidaySnowcountry
snowcountry205 contributions
Not a great getaway
Aug. 2020
Spent two nights as a extended family Aug 21-23 2020

The campsite was less than great as it was situated between two service roads.
The hourly nightly park vehicle traffic was very disturbing for sleeping as the noise from the truck and sweeping lights was annoying . As well , the noise from the highway nearby was quite loud and disturbing as it is very close to this park. An escape to nature was certainly not a feature here .
Our site was very close to the next site so privacy was an issue.
The wood purchased on site for campfires was wet and soggy and this caused all the campfires around to smolder and smoke excessively. In fact the whole site was wreathed in smoke and made for a less than optimum experience for all.
Sand flies were everywhere and small houseflies were incessant at all areas .
The beach was lovely, people were friendly and the vault toilets were clean.
If you are staying in tents rather that tent trailers this site is not ideal .
I imagine those with trailers would have a better experience due to the ability to mitigate noise at night.
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Written August 29, 2020
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John Watson
2 contributions
Terrible
Aug. 2020 • Friends
If you’re looking for a nice getaway to enjoy some privacy and nature here is not the place. All of the camp sites are side by side and if you dare talk to your friends at a low level volume past 10pm they will tell you that you are being “too loud”. The feeling of privacy is really obsolete here as the fake cops will wait behind tree’s until they here a single laugh and then proceed to pounce on you faster than a cougar attacking its prey. If this isn’t enough already just wait until the ranger gets his ego fix by flexing the fact he can charge you $180. He must be packing.
Written August 20, 2020
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Alex S
1 contribution
Go somewhere else
Jul. 2020 • Friends
The park itself is nice. The park rangers however are completely unreasonable, they’re just out there on a power trip trying to shove the minimal amount of authority they have at whoever they see fit, would not recommend because of them.
Written July 18, 2020
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Regina Phalange
1 contribution
Beware of Noise Police!
Jul. 2019
Read a previous review on how strict they are with noise at this campground and I wanted to confirm this! We go to many Ontario Parks and this one is the most strict. Stayed twice in 2018 and twice in 2019, all times we were told on several occasions to be quiet. We did receive on a fine on one occasion too. We are not a rowdy group, just a small family enjoying nature. It was really shocking to receive a fine for having quiet chats around our fire at 9pm. We turned it into some fun by referring to the rangers as the Noise Police for the rest of the trip. But really, they shouldn't be so strict. Not sure what happened with training the rangers at this park - so i'm calling out Ontario Parks! Please re-train these staff to ensure the expectations are standard across your parks. They are taking the fun out of it.

Otherwise, this is a highly underrated park in Ontario. Great swimming with lots of nice private sites.
Written March 26, 2020
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