Open May 1 - October 15
Currently, two invasive insect species threaten Ontario forests. The Asian Longhorned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer were both brought to Canada in pallet wood. They kill living hardwood trees, including ash, maple, walnut and chestnut.
Firewood is one of the easiest ways for this insect to travel. Dormant insects or eggs can be moved via firewood from infested trees.
Staff at GRCA Conservation Areas will be asking you if you have any firewood from quarantine areas in Ontario. Please cooperate with them.
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.
Sites can be booked by calling toll-free 1-(877)-558-4722.
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.
Each arm of the 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.
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.
The Conestoga Sailing Club has been operating on Conestogo Lake for over 50 years
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. If you are fortunate enough to catch a walleye, please release it and inform park staff.
Since 2003, the river has been stocked with brown trout.
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, and are part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Trails system.