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“The Worst Conservation Area - Wanted my Money Back!”

Conestogo Lake Conservation Area
Ranked #3,731 of 4,492 things to do in Ontario
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

There is only one type of person that should utilize this Conservation Area, boaters. The swimming area is horrible, so much so it's almost comedic. The camp grounds are squeezed so close together you're back to a pseudo urban environment. I went for a hike with my wife, which took 15 mins and then all the options were out.

The lake is beautiful but don't bother with the Conservation Area. I'll never be back!

9  Thank TheProbst
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

We visited Conestogo Lake Conservation Area to scout possible camping locations of the' fairly close to home/easy to get to' variety. The conservation area, and lake, seem to cater to boaters of all descriptions. Finding a shady spot near the boat launch on a Sunday afternoon, and watched a steady stream of pwc's, fishing boats, runabouts, wake boarding boats, to a 21 foot saiboat get unloaded, or loaded.

Beyond that, the appeal is fairly limited. About half of the campsites are in use by seasonal campers, of the full-on deck and patio lantern variety. No judgement there, but somewhat inconsistent with the tent-based 'transient' experience that we were looking for. None of the campsites were what i'd call private, and many were pretty much wide open. The specific sites that were our candidates were open, and located between the washrooms (you could hear the toilet flush) and the road to the boat launch (you could hear the steady stream of pickup trucks and trailers). They were also pretty close to the highway that runs by the conservation area.

There is a beach, it struck me as being about 200 feet across, and gravelly, generally unappeal from a 'plant your chair down and relax' perspective, but I'm sure OK for a cooling dip. There is 'a' nature trail (well, two, but the 2nd seemed to be a couple of hundred feet long...), boat rentals, and a small food concession.

We paid our $10.50, wandered around a bit, bought a packaged ice cream treat, watched boats go in and out of the water, and continued our daytrip elsewhere.

13  Thank whywhynot
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