Press Release – GRCA Parks Open for Ice Fishing

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The snow and cold has come back in full force, making it an excellent time to be outside at one of four Grand River Conservation Areas.

Just reopened is ice fishing at Belwood Lake near Fergus.  Earlier in the winter,  the lake was closed to ice fishing due to low lake levels.  A Fishing licence is required except for the new family holiday this Monday Feb 18th.

The January thaw has since raised the reservoir water level and the recent cold has made ice conditions suitable for fishing. 

Admission fees will apply, but there will be no ice hut rentals.

The return of snow and cold has also made for great cross-country skiing at Laurel Creek in Waterloo and Shade’s Mills in Cambridge.  Trails are groomed and track set, and there are equipment rentals.

Shade’s Mills and Pinehurst Lake near Paris also have ice fishing.  Pinehurst even features snowshoeing trails, with rentals available if your family would like to try out this unique sport.

For further information on facilities and specific snow/ice conditions, contact:

    • Belwood Lake Conservation Area at (519) 843-2979 in Fergus,
    • Laurel Creek Conservation Area at (519) 884-6620 in Waterloo,
    • Shade’s Mills at (519) 621-3697 in Cambridge,
    • or Pinehurst Lake at (519) 442-4721 in Paris. 

For future winter recreation updates, you can also log onto the GRCA website at

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