Explore Nature on the Water

When the warm weather hits, get out on the water. Two of our parks offer outstanding experiences for those who love paddling and boating. You’ll connect with the beauty of nature – with a unique view. You can bring your own equipment or rent equipment from us.

Island Lake offers a beautiful vista for new and experienced paddlers. Explore a 400-acre lake. Weave around the islands and through water lilies. See a variety of waterfowl, including loons, osprey and a variety of ducks. Watch a muskrat build his home or a largemouth bass swirl just under the water’s surface.

Learn more about Island Lake Conservation Area.

Rentals

Rentals are dependent on weather conditions.

Canoe and kayak rentals include lifejacket, safety kit and paddles.

Watercraft rentals include life jackets for each boater, paddles, two batteries, electronic motor and anchor with rope. Staff will demonstrate proper use of watercraft and accompanying safety equipment upon rental.

Available Rentals*
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Watercraft
  • Watercraft storage bunk

Rent Equipment

*Rentals vary by season. Subject to availability.

Boat Launch

A boat launch is available for boats on trailers. The fee is $8 (free with membership) and includes a concrete surface and dock for easy access. Gas powered motors are not permitted on Island Lake.

Ken Whillans is perfect for those looking for a leisurely paddle. Experience the awesome view of the Niagara Escarpment’s Devil’s Pulpit area. Listen to songbirds and dragonflies while gliding along calm waters. Drop a line and enjoy a leisure day of fishing at the park.

Learn more about Ken Whillans Resource Management Area.

Rentals

Rentals are dependent on weather conditions.

Canoe and kayak rentals include lifejacket, safety kit and paddles.

Available Rentals*
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Watercraft
  • Watercraft storage bunk

*Rentals vary by season. Subject to availability.

Walk-in Boat Launch

Visitors must be able to walk their boat from the parking lot to the shoreline of Orchard Pond for access. There is no boat launch available for boats on trailers. Gas powered motors are not permitted. No boating access to Kidd Pond.

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