Hersey Lake Conservation Area

Location: Timmins Ontario
Region: Northeastern
Character: Natural Area
Length/Size: 440 acres

Hersey Lake Conservation Area
By Mattagami Region Conservation Authority

The Hersey Lake Conservation Area is a year-round recreation facility operated by the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority. Located approximately 5 kms from the downtown core of the City of Timmins, the area offers a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, hiking and picnicking. The numerous trails, large beach and picnicking facilities found within the park makes it ideal for a family outing or a school hike.

The Conservation Area was purchased by the Conservation Authority in 1979 in order to preserve this unique area and develop it for the benefit of the community. At the present time the conservation area is 440 acres in size with the lake being the centre of all activity. A variety of trails have been constructed over the years providing visitors with an opportunity to hike, cycle, go for a jog or take a self-guided nature walk. The lake itself offers one of the few
sandy beaches close to the heart of the City. In addition, the Authority has provided washrooms, a large parking lot, a number of picnic tables and a picnic shelter.

The trail system in the conservation area ties in with the larger Timmins Recreation Trail Network, a 45 km, nonmotorized trail system stretching across the community.

Each major intersection of trails within Hersey Lake is named and marked with a sign pole. These signs, which are clearly marked on the reverse side map, give directions and distances to other locations within and outside the conservation area. Forming part of the trails network are a number of access roads including the South and North Trails, Lynx Road and the Fisher Lake Trail.

Other features in the Hersey Lake Conservation Area include several scenic lookouts like Grosse Point and Jack Pine Lake, boardwalks at Tamarack and Fisher Lakes and several rest stops. The Tamarack Nature Trail is a self-guided nature walk that uses numbered posts and an information pamphlet to acquaint the park visitor with some of the unique features of the northern environment. When you are using the area remember:

All trails have been built for non-motorized use.
Motorized vehicles are restricted to the parking lot and the main road.
Conservation area users are asked to keep a watchful eye for fallen debris like ranches and trees when using the trails.
No open fires are allowed.
Please keep the area litter free and use the garbage cans provided.
No overnight camping
The main access road is a no parking zone.
An On Leash Regulation is in place for some of the trails. Affected trails are posted.