Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point is a relaxing family-friendly lakeside recreational destination offering beach access, boat launch area, covered pavilions, picnic areas with tables and grills, a calm atmosphere, and beautiful views. Since no motorized vehicles are allowed on the ramp, the place is very quiet. There is a dog-friendly area. The view is scenic with blue and green water, hills, and sailboats in the distance. On weekdays, the beach never gets crowded and offers enough tranquility and seclusion to restore one’s peace of mind after tiring busy days in the city.
Access and Parking
If you travel by car, you can either drive closer to the picnic and boat launch areas or make use of the parking lot. Parking at Bob Wentz Park costs $10 per vehicle. You can pay only in cash; they don’t take credit/debit cards. Whether your car is full of people or you’re traveling alone, the admission fee is the same. Note that there are other parks where you can enter having paid for entrance here so probably it’s better to plan to visit several parks within 24 hours.
There are public restrooms, which are not very well maintained but still usable. If you’re planning a picnic, you can make use of the dedicated picnic areas with grills. The grills require charcoal or propane gas. When the water level is low the picnic areas seem to be located too far away from the waterline but it’s a necessity due to the strongly fluctuating water level in the lake. Overall, the beach is well-maintained and clean; there are dog excrement bags and trash cans throughout the area.
Swimming in the lake is enjoyable, the water feels excellent, and the sand is quite soft. Nevertheless, the area features a lot of rocks so make sure to protect your toes with proper sandals. This is also the reason why younger kids may be not that safe when playing in the water. But for older kids and adults, it’s okay. Depending on the water level, the size and location of the beach can change. Sometimes the water rises so high that it covers small bushes, benches, and grills – probably those are not the best days for a visit.
The area offers interesting hiking and a surprising variety of bird and animal species. There are turtles swimming in the water. Alcohol is allowed (but not in glass), so you can bring a couple of beers in koozies, sit on a rock near the water, and enjoy the view.