Day 2 of 365
… Orangeville’s Island Lake is absolutely awesome if you like fishing, swimming, walking, hiking, boating or any other outside activity. It’s really lots of fun for the whole family or for taking some time to yourself on a Sunday afternoon. There are not many beaches in the area that I know of and so that’s one of the amazing secret in Orangeville (ok, now its not a secret any more..LOL)
Cleared for farming in the 1800s, the forested hedgerows, old fields, plantations and a remnant maple-beech forest are reminders of this past. In 1967, the local landscape changed dramatically with the construction of two dams. The dams flooded a large cedar swamp, deciduous thicket and the small lake creating a 182 hectare reservoir, first known as the Orangeville Reservoir, but now named Island Lake (not for the Islands the flooding created but for an original settler to the area). Dams located at the west end of the lake control water flow into the Credit River. Controlling the amount of water flowing into the river improves the water quality, thereby enhancing the health and beauty of the Upper Credit watershed.
The Conservation Area opened to the public in 1970 after completion of these dams. In 2001, the first two kilometres of the Vicki Baron Lakeside Trail opened with long-term plans to circle Island Lake and link to local trails in Orangeville, Caledon and Mono. It was named to recognize the outstanding contributions made by Credit Valley Conservation’s retired General Manager. The trail is designed to offer opportunities for hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, bicycling and nature study.
Island Lake Conservation Area
Telephone: (519) 941-6329, 1-800-367-0890
Location: 673067 Hurontario St., Orangeville, L9W 0A2 (G6/C9 on map)