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Ken Reid Conservation Area

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 $4.00 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. Kawartha Conservation also has a mobile and desktop payment app to make purchasing your daily or annual parking pass even easier. Visit online or download the app from the app store. When completing the mobile payment option, Ken Reid Conservation Area is Zone 3181. You will also see this on signs throughout the park.

Annual passes are also available for purchase through the Kawartha Conservation Administrative Centre for $75.00 + HST or $60.00 + HST for seniors (ages 60+).

Download a PDF map

Birding Checklist

Love to bird, or just looking to know more about some of the birds you can expect to see at Ken Reid Conservation Area? Pick up our Birding Checklist in our Administration Office during regular business hours, or check it out by downloading a PDF here: Bird Checklist

Ken Reid Master Plan Survey

Complete survey here:


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 McLaren 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.










Location & Directions

277 Kenrei Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

Latitude 44.40167
Longitude -78.76137


  1. From Highway 35, turn east onto Kenrei Park Road for 2.7 km
  2. Destination will be on the left at 277 Kenrei Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

Hours of Operation

May - October 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
November - April 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

No access is permitted outside of posted hours.



Your donations help support critical work in our conservation areas including trail maintenance, signage, boardwalk and scenic lookout rehabilitation and more. Whether a one-time donation or an ongoing monthly donation, your support helps protect our natural areas for generations to come. To donate now, click DONATE, or call Jonathan Lucas at 705-328-2271 Ext. 233 or email

Information Board

  • Thanks to the hard work of the Kawartha Conservation Foundation and a generous private donation, a new accessible Marsh Lookout will be reconstructed in 2017.
  • Take precautions. See advice from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit on protecting yourself from West Nile Virus and
    Lyme Disease when outdoors.
  • The shoreline in the playground area is no longer maintained as a beach and swimming area. Due to the growth of aquatic plants in the water and Canada geese on shore, we are restoring the shoreline to a natural state with native plants. As such, the changerooms have also been removed.
  • The northern section of the Conservation Area is closed to vehicle access from October 31 to May 1.