Two GRCA parks open for winter activities

Two Grand River Conserva­tion Authority parks are open for winter activities, and two more parks are expected to open soon.

Belwood Lake Conserva­tion Area on County Road 18 upstream of Fergus is open from 8:15am to 4pm for:

– ice fishing for pike, perch and walleye starting on Jan. 10;

– parking is $6 and includes admission;

– ice huts available for $30 per person for a full day, $22 per person for a half day, with a two adult minimum per hut;

– minnows are available at $5 per dozen; and

– there is no charge for children 12 and under.

Pinehurst Lake Conserva­tion Area,  north of Paris on Pinehurst Road, (formerly High­way 24A) is open for:

– ice fishing for blue gill and crappie in a nine-hectare kettle lake;

– snowshoeing on 8km of trails;

– open daily from 8am to 4:30pm.

– admission is $4.25 for adults, $2.50 for children (6 to 14) and free for children under 5. and

– snowshoes are available for rent for $10. Snowshoe rentals are available only by reservation. To reserve them, cal (519-442-4721) through the week; there are no reservations necessary on weekends.

Two other parks will open when snow and ice conditions allow them to be used with safety.

– Shade’s Mills Conserva­tion Area, 450 Avenue Road., Cambridge, will offer ice fish­ing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; and

– Laurel Creek Conserva­tion Area, 625 Westmount Road in Waterloo will offer cross-country skiing.

Updates to winter activity conditions can be found in the Newsroom of the GRCA website at