Conestogo Lake Conservation Area
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area
By Grand River Conservation Authority
Conestogo Lake Conservation Area is in the heart of Mennonite country. It is on a y-shaped lake that stretches six kms up each arm. A unique feature of this area is the huge concrete flood control dam and reservoir surrounded by large tracts of forest, giving the appearance that the park is in northern Ontario. This is a multi-recreational use park that is used for many activities including camping, power boating, sailing, water skiing, canoeing and fishing.
6580 Wellington County Rd. 11, RR #2
Wallenstein, ON N0B 2S0
Approximate latitude 43° 40' 11" N
Approximate longitude 80° 43' 14" W
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Alcohol is permitted only on registered campsites, except during the total alcohol ban on Victoria Day and Labour Day weekends
Please note that ATVs are prohibited
Camp sites: Conestogo Lake Conservation Area offers 95 serviced and 86 unserviced camp sites on the lake as well as on the Conestogo River. The lower park by the river is a radio-free area. Up to six people are permitted per campsite. Check in is after 2 p.m. and check out is before noon.
Reserve a site: Sites can be booked online or by calling toll-free 1-877-558-GRCA (4722).
Group camping: Four group campsites can be booked directly through conservation area staff for organized groups. These are available by reservation only.
Monthly & seasonal campers: Please call the conservation area directly to reserve your monthly or seasonal site rather than book online or through our toll-free number.
Firewood: Firewood can be purchased at the gatehouse.
Alcohol: Alcohol is permitted on registered campsites only, except for a total alcohol ban on the Victoria Day and Labour Day long weekends.
Waste: Blue box bins and garbage containers are placed throughout the park. Blue box items include boxboard, paper, plastics, foil, glass, cans, drinking boxes and milk cartons. A dumping station for RVs is located near the back of the main washroom.
Canoes can be rented at the gatehouse and they may be reserved in advance for an additional fee.
Each arm of the y-shaped lake is six kms long, so the lake is ideal for sailing, power boating and water skiing. Fully equipped boats can be rented at the gatehouse for full day or half day. These require a deposit of a credit card number or cash is required. A valid driver's license is required, but not a boating license.
There is a "no wake" area, which means no vessel can be operated within 100 ft. of shore at over 10 km/hr or six mph.
The water level in the reservoir can vary, so please check at the gatehouse for hazard areas after Labour Day, when the level is normally lower.
Conestogo Lake is a great place to sail and the Conestogo Sailing Club has been operating there for five decades.
Fishing is excellent from shore or from a boat on Conestogo Lake. You can try your luck at pike, perch, and smallmouth bass in the lake. The Conestogo River below the dam has smallmouth bass, pike and catfish and the occasional walleye are also found. If you are fortunate enough to catch a walleye, please release it and inform staff.
Since 2003, the river has been stocked with brown trout. Worms are available at the concession booth.
It takes about 20 minutes to do the walk the picnic shelter trail, a woodchip trail through the woods.
Cyclists use the roads in the park.
There is a large, sandy beach. The beach is not patrolled, so parents or guardians must keep a close watch on children at all times.
A life-jacket loaner program is available. Use of the life-jackets is free with a small, refundable deposit. Ask at the gatehouse for information.
Water quality is tested weekly during the summer.
Picnic tables and some barbeques are located throughout the conservation area.
Blue box bins and garbage containers are placed throughout the park. Blue box items include boxboard, paper, plastics, foil, glass, cans, drinking boxes and milk cartons.
Throughout the summer months a Visitor Services program provides many activities for families and children. Our children's activities include colouring contests, nature hikes, scavenger hunts, crafts, games and sand sculptures. Family activities include film nights, an annual fishing derby and campfires. All events are posted at various locations in the park..
A controlled hunting program is allowed during the open season for waterfowl and small game on 930 hectares of the conservation area. Only a limited number of permits are available.
Conestoga Lake is a great place to snowmobile. Many kilometres of trails wind their way through the conservation lands. The trails are maintained during the winter by the Lake Conestogo Snowmobile Club (district 9), and are part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Trails system.
This is the location of the community bulletin board, pay telephone and lost and found. It is the place to go in case of illness or injury, to purchase firewood, to rent motor boats and canoes, or get further information about the park.
A small picnic shelter can be rented for family or corporate events. The shelter is covered and the washrooms are nearby. Group discounts are available for family gatherings and group picnics of 50 or more people.
There are two main washrooms with flush toilets and showers. Vault toilets are throughout the park at convenient locations.
A food concession provides fast food, snacks and drinks, as well as camping supplies, ice and bait. It is open six days a week and closed on Mondays.
Sports and fun
Conestogo Lake offers a play area for children, volleyball net, sports fields and horseshoe pits.
A concrete boat launch is available.
Pets are welcome in the park but they must be leashed and under control at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach or in the swimming areas. Owners are asked to "stoop and scoop". There is a fine for not obeying these regulations. Pit Bulls owners must follow provincial guidelines.
Shopping for things such as groceries, beer, spirits, hardware and gas are available in Drayton, less than 10 minutes away.
The nearest hospital is Listowel Memorial Hospital at 225 Elizabeth Street East, Listowel, (519) 291-3120.