Belwood Lake Conservation Area

Belwood Lake

Belwood Lake

Belwood Lake Belwood Lake Conservation Area (CA) is a great place for fishing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, boating, water skiing, hiking, cycling - and ice fishing! It has a one-acre cool spring-fed quarry below the dam, with a beach and a fenced-in swimming area for little kids. The 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) long lake is the perfect spot for all your recreational activities. The Conservation Area is 1,348 hectares (3,329 acres) large, and includes about 350 seasonal private cottages.

Contact Belwood Lake: website or (519) 843-2979


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Belwood Lake Conservation Area (CA) is only 3 kilometers east of Fergus, on Belsyde Avenue (Wellington County Road 18). It is governed by the Grand River Conservation Authority, which was established in 1966 through the amalgamation of the Grand River Conservation Commission and the Grand Valley Conservation Authority. The year 2006 marked their 40th Anniversary.

Boating on Belwood Lake

History of Belwood Lake

Lake Belwood was created as a result of the construction of the Shand Dam, in 1942. The Shand Dam was the first of its kind in Canada, being built for both water conservation and flood protection purposes. The Shand Dam offers visitors spectacular views of the Grand River valley. It also offers various swimming opportunities for the whole family.

Lake Belwood and Shand Dam

Belwood Lake CA is a day-use park, so you cannot camp out. It does however have a volleyball net, baseball diamond and horseshoe pits for camp fires.

Lake Belwood is best known for its great places to drop a fishing line - for anglers of all ages, from novice to pro. A special fishing pond for children under 13 years of age is stocked with rainbow trout and bass. The Lake itself is great for pike (trophy size), smallmouth bass and perch. Belwood Lake Conservation Area also includes one kilometre of Grand River access downstream of the Shand Dam, for superb brown trout fishing.

There is plenty of good accommodations available in the Centre Wellington Area, from Bed & Breakfasts to Camp Grounds.

More information about Belwood Lake on this page from the Grand River Conservation Authority (this link opens in a new window).

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Related information on Belwood Lake

Belwood Lake Sailing Club

A member-managed, family-oriented sailing club. It has a club house near Lake Belwood on a ten acre lot, which also allows for sail and gear storage, washrooms, a kitchen, picnic tables, camping area, and boat and car parking. There are two docks: one for launching and one for short term docking. There is also a ramp into the water and launching dollies that allow most people to hand launch their boats easily. More information can be found on www.blsc.on.ca (this link opens in a new window).

Fairview Golf & Country Club

Lot of Golf Courses around Belwood

One of the three golf courses within a 10 minute drive from the Fergus/Elora area is the Fairview Golf & Country Club. Fairview offers full men's, lady's and junior golf programs. It is located on the east side of Fergus, on County Rd #19. Directly across the road from Fairview is the new 18 hole golf course "Belwood Lake Golf Club". More information can be found on www.golfnorth.ca (this link opens in a new window).

Wildwinds Golf & Country Club

The Toronto Star Bogeyman wrote about this golf course: "Best value in the GTA" "best new Par 3 in a decade" "rugged and windswept". And that was in only its first year of operation as an 18 hole course, in 2003. It is located at the corner of Wellington Roads 22 and 29 at historic Speedside, just east of Fergus. More information can be found on www.wildwinds.ca (this link opens in a new window).

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Fly Fishing

The Grand River is a well-known spot for fabulous fly fishing! The Grand and Conestogo Rivers hosted the 2006 Canadian Fly Fishing Championships!

Elora Gorge and Quarry

Want to see enormous rock formations in the Grand River? Visit the legendary Elora Gorge Conservation Area, including the Quarry. Read on for more information about the Elora Gorge and Quarry.

2011-2012 EventsMore tourism related organizations and businesses in Centre Wellington (Fergus, Elora, Belwood, Salem) can be found in our business directory ("tourism" section).


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