The picnic area is located to the west of the main beach area. It contains a number of mature trees that provide welcome shade. There is also a beach suitable for small children.
Approximately 30 picnic tables are in the picnic area, available from May to October. Several are left year round. The area operates on a first-come first-served basis. Two picnic areas can be reserved by calling the City of Ottawa at 613-580-2595; fire permits can also be obtained at this number for use of the fire pit. The picnic area cannot handle groups larger than 100.
Users of the picnic area are reminded: 9 pm curfew, no dogs on the island, no alcohol, clean up afterwards, don't feed those cute looking animals, don't catch the frogs or turtles, don't pick the nice flowers. If you want to cook food, bring your own gas barbeque -- no charcoal please because there is no place to safely dispose of the coals. Parking fees are 50 cents for 1/2 hour, or $2 for 5 hours, 7 days a week, 7am to 6 pm.