Riverside Campground, Pinery

4 Reviews 9526 Lakeshore Rd, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0

About the Campground

Riverside Campground is located beside the provincially significant Old Ausable Channel and has electrical, non-electrical, pull-through sites and roofed accommodations. Riverside Area 1 is open year-round for those that want to enjoy Pinery in all four seasons.

Roofed accommodations are located in Riverside Area 1. Area 3 Riverside Campground is designated as radio-free.


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(Reviewed on August 2022)
Take me back camping!
I cannot wait to go back to Pinery. The last I visited was in 2017 and due to some personal family illnesses and a death I haven't been able to go back. I am so looking forward to booking Pinery next year. It's always clean, beautiful, serene and you become one with nature. My 3 kids and my hubby love camping, it teaches you the simple things in life. My most special moment is waking up early and having coffee with the chipmunks, bluejays and other critters. Mother nature is awesome.


(Reviewed on August 2021)
Radio Free camping
First time camping at Pinery happened the very first week that provincial campsites reopened in June (thanks to Covid). It was pretty quiet and moderately full mid-week...though we hit the peak of the 10-year-cycle of Gypsy Moth caterpillars! Millions/billions of caterpillars and, more disturbingly, their frass! Nicely shaded (though who knows what it's like after the caterpillars had their fill?!), on site 666 (no joke), private on 2 sides with one side being a little closer to another site than I preferred (that said it was only a problem because of a yahoo who had verbal volume control issues). Great riverside walks. Insufficient women's bathroom stalls.


(Reviewed on August 2021)
Beautiful Park to get away to
We have been going to the Pinery for a few years now and we've stayed in a bunch of spots. In August of 2021 we were at 713 in the Riverside area. We have a 25' bus and this spot was perfect for us. Hydro, picnic table and a close walk to showers/water/toilets. The hydro hookup is shared with the site next door and is surrounded by poison ivy...why??? My husband ended up with it despite being very careful. We also got very wet wood from the park that was horrible to get a fire going with. We did tell them and they said they would pass it along. The trails both biking and hiking were beautiful. The beach was great as well. You can see from the pictures there are large rocks in some of the beach areas so water shoes are nice to have there. We got breakfast at the camp restaurant and it's a great deal and yummy, coffee was good too. Camp store has pretty much everything you need. Because of covid a lot of the things at the visitor centre were closed but it was still nice to have a quick peek at. You can rent canoes/kayaks and bikes but we always take our bikes with us. There was a long line every day for the rentals. It's always a beautiful stay and we had great weather for our time there.


(Reviewed on August 2021)
Nice campground if you prefer to be a bit out of the way from the beach
Our family of three visited Pinery in June 2021. We tent camped at Riverside, site 751 for several nights. Nice accessible, electric site just inside of the gates for the Riverside Campground. Not directly next to the river. The access box for the electric at this site was buried in the bushes amongst a ton of poison ivy. Not ideal but we made due with the help of garbage bags fashioned into pants and shoe covers. The site itself was covered in poison ivy too. Lots of space to set up whatever equipment you need. A super long picnic table was onsite as well. Great fire pit with grate. The gypsy moth caterpillars were brutal at this point in the season. They were everywhere and definitely detracted from our enjoyment a bit but we stuck it out. Several of our neighbours left early because of this. The bathrooms/comfort stations were about a five minute walk away. Super easy to get to. It seemed like all of the sites in this campground were very spacious. The beach was not nearby and there was no swimming in this area at all. There was however a great cycling/walking trail nearby and several others scattered throughout the park. Definitely get your hike on here! We spent several days at the beautiful white sand beaches of Pinery. Just stunning! The sunsets were unbelievable. Comparable to views you would find on a Caribbean island. Bring your own umbrella or beach tent for shade though as there isn’t any trees for cover down there. The Riverside Campground was nice but only if you don’t mind a drive to the beach and most other activities. We enjoyed being a bit more remote on this trip but next time we will try to snag a spot closer to the beach at the Dunes Campground. The camp shop has anything you forget at home and also some great t-shirts for sale. There is also an ice cream shop there and boat rental counter. If you go into town grab a meal at the Lake Hound restaurant. Their pan fried Pickerel is amazing! Looking forward to our next trip to Pinery!
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