Laurel Creek Conservation Area


Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Camping/Day-use
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Laurel Creek Conservation Area
By Grand River Conservation Authority

Just minutes away from the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, Laurel Creek Conservation Area provides visitors with a quiet place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Swimming, windsurfing, hiking and bird-watching are popular activities.
The conservation area offers a beach and three picnic shelters for bookings by family or corporate groups.

Address:
625 Westmount Rd., RR 3
Waterloo, ON N2J 2Z4
Approximate latitude 43 29' 34" N
Approximate longitude 80 34' 8" W

Contact:
E-mail conservation area staff or phone (519) 884-6620

Season:
Open April 30 until the Sunday following
Thanksgiving and during the winter for
cross-country skiing when conditions allow.

Special Notices
Review our Camping Reservation Policy prior to making your online or phone reservation (1-877-558-GRCA (4722))
Alcohol is permitted only on registered campsites. An alcohol ban is in effect from the start of Victoria Day weekend until the third Sunday in June as well as Labour Day weekend.
There is NO beach patrol at GRCA conservation areas. Children are the responsibility of the parents/guardians/adults.

ACTIVITIES
Camping
Camp sites: Laurel Creek offers 126 campsites, ranging from heavily wooded to more open sites. This includes 50 unserviced and 76 serviced sites. Several lakefront sites have a beautiful view. One campground with 26 sites is set aside as a radio-free area. Up to six people are permitted per campsite with maximum 2 sleeping units (one trailer only). 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: The group campsite can be booked directly through conservation area staff for supervised youth groups only. It is available by reservation only.
Monthly & seasonal campers: Please contact the conservation area directly to book a seasonal or monthly site.
Fees: Daily, monthly and seasonal rates are available.
Firewood: Firewood can be purchased from the gatehouse.
Alcohol: Alcohol is permitted only on registered campsites. An alcohol ban is in effect from the start of Victoria Day weekend until the third Sunday in June as well as Labour Day weekend.
Waste: Blue box bins and garbage containers are placed throughout the conservation area. Blue box items include plastics, glass and cans. Garbage bags are provided to campers upon arrival. Please deposit all refuse in the provided bins as there is no collection directly from the campsites. A dumping station for trailers is located within the serviced campground.

Canoeing
No motorized boats are permitted. Canoes and equipment can be rented at the gatehouse.

Sailing
Sailing is a popular activity, but there are some underwater tree stumps that can be a hazard to windsurfers and sail boats.

Fishing
Fishing is not a popular activity at Laurel Creek, although carp can be found.

Hiking
There are 4.5 kilometres of hiking trails at Laurel Creek, including those through the woods and by the reservoir.

Cycling
In addition to using the five kilometres of trails, cyclists can use roads within the conservation area and around the perimeter.

Swimming
The gradual, sandy beach has a deep drop off at the buoy line and no patrols. Beach rules are posted and animals are not permitted on the beach or in the swimming areas.
Beaches are 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.

Picnicking
Numerous picnic tables are located throughout the conservation area, as are waste and recycling bins.

Birding/wildlife
Laurel Creek conservation area is an excellent venue for viewing several species of waterfowl and shore birds. They utilize the lake for nesting or pass through while migrating.

Winter activities
4.5 kilometres of cross country ski trails loop around the 750-acre mature hardwood and pine plantations. Ski equipment can be rented.

FACILITIES
Gatehouse
This is the location of the pay telephone and lost and found. It is also the place to go to report problems or concerns, to purchase firewood, ice or soft drinks, rent canoes, or get further information about the conservation area.

Group facilities
Three picnic pavilions are available for rent on a daily basis for family reunions or company picnics. The largest of the three facilities has washroom facilities attached; the two smaller pavilions have washroom facilities nearby. Please call well in advance to book your function.

Washrooms
Along with the several vault type toilets which are located throughout the conservation area, there is a main washroom at the serviced campground equipped with flush toilets and showers.

Sports and fun
Facilities include a ball diamond, play ground, as well as large open areas for the enjoyment of other pastimes.

Boat Launch
A gravel launch for non-motorized boats is available.

Dog Policy
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., Laurel Creek is within the city of Waterloo Boundaries and their Pitbull policy applies, (Any Pitbull or Pitbull cross is prohibited within City limits, this includes Laurel Creek Conservation Area). Please refer to Animal By-Laws for the City of Waterloo.

Tourism/Services
All services including shopping, hardware stores, gasoline, grocery and pharmacies are in Waterloo and very close to the conservation area. The nearest hospital emergency is Grand River Hospital, 835 King Street West, Kitchener.