Thanks in part to the Canada 150 Fund, the new Accessible Viewing Platform at Ken Reid Conservation Area has been completed. The Viewing Platform is a jewel of the Conservation Area and offers spectacular views of the Provincially Significant McLaren Marsh. A series of puncheons have also been constructed and installed along portions of the Woodland Loop and Rabbit Hollow Trail. The puncheons (boardwalk sections) can be found in the low-lying portions of the trails that typically are impacted by rain.
Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, or cross country skiing, Ken Reid Conservation Area is a great place to spend the day. Maintained trails and child-friendly facilities provide a variety of ways for visitors of all ages to experience this natural setting.
Kawartha Conservation acquired the 110 hectare (272 acre) property just north of Lindsay in 1980 from farmer Ken Reid. It is both our flagship conservation area and the location of our Administrative Centre for our watershed jurisdiction.
Parking is available for $2.00 per day. Please deposit funds into the pay and display machine just before the first stop sign when you enter the park and display the ticket on your vehicle dashboard.
Annual passes are also available for purchase through the Kawartha Conservation Administrative Centre for $75.00 or $60.00 for seniors (ages 60+).
There are two picnic shelters complete with parking lots and washroom facilities, and the Kawartha Field Centre which provides a classroom setting. Click here for more information about each of these facilities and for reservation details.
The family-friendly shoreline area offers a large playground structure.
Howlers Corners Off-Leash Dog Park is located near the main parking lot.
On the Trails
Ken Reid offers several loop trails that lead through forests, meadows, and wetlands. A favourite route includes the floating boardwalk that winds through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland bordering Sturgeon Lake. During the summer months you can spot red bellied snakes, snapping turtles, and leopard frogs.
Visitors pausing along the marsh may spot the Osprey on a nearby nesting platform. These and other birds living in the area make it a popular destination for birders. A quiet hiker may also catch a glimpse of a deer, fox, hare, or other wildlife that live in the meadows and forests of the park. Wildflower enthusiasts will enjoy the diversity of plants, but all visitors are asked to stay on the trails as poison ivy grows throughout the conservation area.