Rock Point Provincial Park

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Rock Point Provincial Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Shore, with Fossils.jpg
A shore in the park with many fossils.
Map showing the location of Rock Point Provincial Park
Map showing the location of Rock Point Provincial Park
Location Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 42°50′54″N 79°33′09″W / 42.848219°N 79.552517°W / 42.848219; -79.552517Coordinates: 42°50′54″N 79°33′09″W / 42.848219°N 79.552517°W / 42.848219; -79.552517
Area 1.87 km2 (0.72 sq mi)
Governing body Ontario Parks

Rock Point Provincial Park is a park located on the north shore of Lake Erie near the mouth of the Grand River in the Carolinian zone of southwestern Ontario. It occupies an area of 1.87 square kilometres (0.72 sq mi).

Habitats within the park include wetlands, forests and dunes. Trees include the uncommon Big Shellbark Hickory. Limestone shelves along the lake shore contain the fossils of marine animals from the Devonian period. There is also a sandy beach for swimming.

Located above the fossil beds is a red clay bluff which separates the campgrounds from the Lake.

There is a bird banding station in the park for monitoring bird migration.

The fossil beds also contain deposits of chert, a stone similar to flint which was worked to produce stone points. An archeological survey of the park revealed a late paleo-Indian camp. The camp showed evidence that the people were working the chert as well as fishing in the lake.

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