Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area
Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area
By Grand River Conservation Authority
Pinehurst Lake is a nine-hectare (23-acre) kettle lake formed by a single piece of ice. The lake has a sandy beach and is surround by mature Carolinian forest.
During the summer months (May-October) Pinehurst Lake is transformed into a summer playground offering camping, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking opportunities. In the winter, Pinehurst is transformed into one of the premier snowshoe and ice-fishing facilities in the region.
468 Pinehurst Rd., RR 3
Ayr, ON N0B 1E0
Approximate latitude 43° 16' 3" N
Approximate longitude 80° 23' 39" W
Print a map and directions
E-mail conservation area staff or phone (519) 442-4721
Open April 30 until the Sunday following Thanksgiving and
during the winter for ice fishing and
snowshoeing when conditions allow
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, except during the total alcohol ban on Victoria Day and Labour Day weekends
There is NO beach patrol at GRCA conservation areas. Children are the responsibility of the parents/guardians/adults.
Camp sites: Pinehurst has 230 campsites in four camping areas, of which 166 are serviced with hydro and water. Quiet Hour in the campground is 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and ALL camping areas are radio-free. 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: Three group campsites can be booked directly through conservation area staff for supervised youth groups. These are available by reservation only.
Monthly & seasonal campers: Please call the conservation area directly to reserve your monthly or seasonal site.
Fees: Daily, monthly and seasonal rates are available.
Firewood: Firewood can be purchased at the gatehouse.
Alcohol: Alcohol is permitted on registered campsites, 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 conservation area. Blue box items include boxboard, paper, plastics, foil, glass, cans, drinking boxes and milk cartons. 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. Dumping stations for trailers are located within the campgrounds.
The lake is suitable for non-motorized boats only. Paddle boats and canoes (with lifejackets and paddles) can be rented from the concession stand or at the Gatehouse (with debit card). Boat Concession hours vary based on the operating season. Boat rentals are available on weekends only in May and June starting the May long weekend, 7 days a week in July and August and not available after Labour Day weekend. A boat launch is close to the entrance. Check the fee schedule for boat rental fees.
There are lots of sunfish, but also largemouth bass, bluegill and black crappie are found at Pinehurst.
Pinehurst has eight kilometres of nature trails that wind through the hardwood forest in the conservation area and include several looped trails marked in the visitor guide provided upon entry. In addition, the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail is ten minutes from the conservation area and the Paris to Brantford Trail is a 20-minute drive.
In addition using to the eight kilometres of nature trails, cyclists can cycle on the paved roads for a total of 13 kilometres of cycling paths within the conservation area.
Pinehurst has a beach which is a popular spot on summer days. 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.
About 400 picnic tables are scattered throughout the conservation area. Blue box bins and garbage containers are placed throughout the conservation area. Blue box items include boxboard, paper, plastics, foil, glass, cans, drinking boxes and milk cartons. Garbage bags are provided to campers upon arrival.
The natural areas within and adjacent to Pinehurst are part of the provincially significant Grand River Valley forests and provide valuable migratory staging habitat for waterfowl and song birds. The forest interior is vital breeding habitat for area sensitive birds. A total of 114 species of birds have been recorded in this area, and approximately 64 species are confirmed to be breeding. Notable species include bald eagle, cooper's and red-shouldered hawk, Acadian Flycatcher, cerulean warbler, Louisiana waterthrush and red-headed woodpecker.
Open for ice fishing, snowshoein and skating on the lake during the winter when the conditions allow. Snowshoe equipment rentals are available, as are a change area, warming hut and washrooms. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week. Snow shoes cost $11 to rent and are available without a reservation on weekends only. Cross-country ski trails are no longer maintained and skis are no longer available to rent.
This is the location of the community bulletin board, pay telephone and lost and found. It is the place to go to report any concerns or problems, to purchase firewood or ice, or get further information about the conservation area.
There are three picnic shelters available to group events such as weddings, family reunions or corporate picnics. The Clarence Sutor Pavilion is popular for weddings. Built in 1960, it has an excellent view of the conservation area and accommodates 150 people. A washroom with a flush toilet is nearby. Two shelters can both accommodate about 100 people and have washrooms nearby.
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 coin-operated showers.
A concession booth operates Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during May and June starting the May long weekend. In July and August, it is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but hours are subject to change. Generally it offers french fries, onion rings, ice cream and refreshments.
Sports and fun
The conservation area offers two playgrounds, a beach volleyball net and a play field.
A gravel launch is available
Pets are allowed in the conservation area, but not in the swimming area and they must be kept on a 2-metre leash and controlled at all times. 'Stoop and Scoop' applies. This rule will be enforced.
The nearest hospital emergency room is at Willet Hospital, 238 Grand River St. N, Paris (limited hours) or Cambridge Memorial Hospital, 700 Coronation Blvd., Cambridge.
Visiting the Pinehurst area:
FWR Dickson Wilderness Area: 5 minutes from the conservation area
Access to Grand River - 5 minutes from conservation area
Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead - 15 minutes from conservation area
City of Cambridge (20 minute drive)
Over 30 Factory Outlets
Farmers Market - Cambridge
Town of Paris (10 minute drive)
Mary Maxim (craft supply)
John M. Hall Linens, Paris
Paris Fair - Labour Day weekend
Village of St. George (15 min. drive) - antique shops
Apple Harvest Festival