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Big Shoal Bay Beach - The Big Shoal Bay Beach is located on the southeastern end of Drummond Island. Big Shoal Bay Beach
by Betty Bailey

Big Shoal Bay Beach is located on the southeastern end of Drummond Island.  From the Visitor’s Center at the Four Corners proceed east on Johnswood Road (approximately 6.5 miles) to Bass Cove Road.  On Bass Cove Road go to the second right turn onto Big Shoal Bay Road (approximately .5 miles), then proceed one more mile to the beach.  The road is paved from Four Corners to the beach parking lot.  Good bicyclist will enjoy this long ride on a paved road with very little traffic.

Big Shoal Bay Beach is located on the southeastern end of Drummond Island.  From the Visitor’s Center at the Four Corners proceed east on Johnswood Road (approximately 6.5 miles) to Bass Cove Road.
Photo by D. Sandell

Big Shoal Bay Beach is a Drummond Island Township Park, and does not permit overnight camping here.  The park has a good sized parking lot, out-door toilet, narrow sandy beach, picnic tables and spectacular vistas out through the islands of the cove.  On the beach you will find four enormous flat rocks which are very pitted but a great delight for the children.  The floor of the swimming beach is mostly sand with a few round pebbles.  The water does not deepen quickly, but be ever attentive to your children in the water.  Though facing south the sunsets are beautiful.

The beach is a wonderful place to launch your kayak or canoe.  Intermediate kayakers will enjoy the 3.5 mile (one way) trip around the point to Scammon Cove, where you can paddle over the wreck of the schooner barge, TROY which sunk due to fire in 1920.  The Troy was 187 feet in length, made of wood, is lying in 5-10 feet of water with parts of her ribs sticking out of the water.  This has great interest for the snorklers also.  About .25 to .5 miles to the west and south just off Meade Island lies the tug SILVER SPRAY in 5-10 feet of water.  Although still on the Marine Registry in 1939, it is believed this vessel sunk in the 1920’s.  This is a good way to spend the better part of a day exploring these vessels.  Paddle with caution, you will be exposed to the south prevailing winds
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