Ken Reid Conservation Area

Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, or cross country skiing, this 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.

This  Conservation Area 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.

Link to downloadable trail map for the Ken Reid Conservation Area :

2oldguyswalking website offers a great review of this site (posted 2017, updated 2021) with images and maps. Go here to read this review.

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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Ken Reid Conservation Area characteristics

Length: 12 trails totalling 11 kms (Several Loop Trails)
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks and Natural
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Mountain biking, Cycling, and Winter (Fat) Biking
Wheelchair accessible
Fees: Parking fee.

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: washrooms, picnic tables

Attractions: Boardwalk, Viewing platform

Kawartha Conservation AuthorityTel: 705.328.2271.2286

Find it: 277 Kenrei Rd, Kawartha Lakes, ON.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.4016700
Longitude: -78.7613700