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Parks and Forest Tracts

Our Parks, Forest Tracts and Trails offer the perfect backdrop for a day spent outdoors; with an abundance of parks and more than 600 km of trails for you to explore.

Municipal Park Locations and Park Rules

Many of our parks have athletic fields and picnic shelter areas available to rent, playgrounds, lake access and beaches, splash pad areas, gardens and more.

Construction Notice: Bobcaygeon Beach Park is currently undergoing a redevelopment, visit our Major Projects page for more information.

Playground Closure:

Please be advised that the playground at Tommy Anderson Park (94 Dunn Street, Bobcaygeon) will be closed beginning Friday, September 30 through until Monday, October 31 for reconstruction.

The playground will be fenced off and closed to the public and will not be available for use during the closure period. Other Park amenities will not be affected by this reconstruction. For further information, e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division

Municipal Park Locations
Kawartha Lakes Park Locations
Park NameAddress
Arbour Park Arbour Court and Janet Drive, Janetville
Arnold Park Birchcliffe Avenue and Hilltop Street, Dunsford
Auden Park 193 Elgin Street, Lindsay
Austin Sawmill Park 5 Station Road South, Kinmount
Baddow Community Centre Park 60 Somerville Road, Coboconk
Birch Point Park Riley Lane, Woodville
Bobcaygeon Beach Park 45 Park Street, Bobcaygeon
Bobcaygeon Riverview Park 16 River Park Road, Bobcaygeon
Bolsover Community Centre 16 Bolsover Road, Bolsover
Bolton Street Park Bolton Street, Bobcaygeon
Broad Street Park 9 Broad Street, Lindsay
Burnt River Community Centre Park 16 Somerville Centre Road, Burnt River
Cameron Park 17 Cameron Road, Cameron
Carden Community Centre Park 258 Lake Dalrymple Road, Sebright
Carew Park 2 Colborne Street West, Lindsay
Cenotaph Park Francis Street West, Fenelon Falls
Centennial Park Dunsford Kawartha Lakes Road 24, Dunsford
Coboconk Legion Park 6697 Highway 35 North, Coboconk
Coboconk Lions Park 6685 Highway 35 North, Coboconk
Cottingham Park Lindsay Street North, Lindsay
Coulson Park Washburn Island Drive, Little Britain (Washburn Island)
Dalton Community Centre Park 13 Rumhor Drive, Sebright
Dormer Park 32 Dormer Road, Lindsay
East Ward Park 15 Queen Street, Lindsay
Elgin Park 162 Angeline Street North, Lindsay
Elliot Falls Park 7734 Highway 35 North, Norland
Emily Manor Park Emily Manor Drive, Omemee
Emily Omemee Community Centre Park 212 Sturgeon Park Road, Omemee
Fenelon Falls Community Centre Park 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls
Fenelon Township Community Centre 2255 Elm Tree Road, Cambray
Garnet Graham Park 98 Francis Street East, Fenelon Falls
George Street Park 11 George Street, Lindsay
Hamilton Park 25 Hamilton Street, Lindsay
Henderson Park 28 Front Street, Bobcaygeon
Janetville Park 693 Janetville Road, Janetville
Joan Park 12 Richard Avenue, Lindsay
Kawartha Park 30 Adelaide Street North, Lindsay
Kinmount Community Centre Park 4995 Monck Road, Kinmount
Kinsmen Park 10 St. Patrick Street, Lindsay
Lake Dalrymple Park 258 Lake Dalrymple Road, Dalrymple
Lakeview Park 39 Shelley Drive, Little Britain (Washburn Island)
Laura Thurston Park Thurston Road, Dunsford
Lions Riverview Park 44 Georgian Street, Lindsay
Little Britain Community Centre Park 9 Arena Road, Little Britain
Lloyd Kelly Park Francis Street East, Fenelon Falls
Logie Park 325 Logie Street, Lindsay
Manorview Park 49 Wilson Avenue, Lindsay
Marlene James Park 59 Parkside Drive, Lindsay
Maryknoll Park 4 Maryknoll Avenue, Lindsay
Mayor James Flynn Park 28 Edwin Street, Lindsay
McAlpine Park Crane Bay Road and Highway 30, Bobcaygeon
McDonnell Park 17 Lindsay Street North, Lindsay 
McGibbon Park McQuarrie Road, Lindsay
McQuarrie Park Colborne Street West, Lindsay 
Memorial Park 215 Lindsay Street South, Lindsay 
Mitchell Lake Park Highway 48, Kirkfield 
Mud Turtle Dam Park Nevison Drive, Norland
Nayoro Park 45 Durham Street East, Lindsay
Nimigon Park Bradley Street, Pontypool
Norland Old School Hall Park 3448 County Road 45, Norland
Northlin Park 150 Albert Street North, Lindsay
Oakwood Community Centre Park 1010 Eldon Road, Oakwood 
Old Mill Park 16 Kent Street East, Lindsay 
Omemee Beach Park Rutland Street East and George Street, Omemee
Ops Community Centre Park 2569 Highway 7, Lindsay 
Orchard Park 36 Applewood Crescent, Lindsay 
O'Reilly Lane Park 60 O'Reilly Lane, Ops
Oriole Road Park Redwing Avenue and Highway 8, Fenelon Falls
Peace Park 15 Albert Street North, Lindsay
Pinewood Park Propp Drive, Pontypool
Pleasant Point Park Chickadee Court, Little Britain
Queen's Square 180 - 190 Kent Street West, Lindsay
Rainbow Bridge Park 4 Water Street, Lindsay
Reaboro Park Peace Road, Reaboro
Rivera Park 83 St.Paul Street, Lindsay
Robinglade Park 36 Nonquon Drive, Little Britain
Russ Baptiste Park 151 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls
Sandbar Park 1 Sand Bar Road, Valentia
Seniors Play Park Lloyd Kelly Park, Francis Street, Fenelon Falls
Shaft Park 89 Lindsay Street North, Lindsay 
Southview Estates Park Anderson Drive, Cameron
Springdale Gardens Park 49 Champlain Boulevard, Lindsay 
Sylvester Park 21 Sylvester Drive, Lindsay 
Ted Shea Park 123 East Street South, Bobcaygeon
Thorndyke Park 972 Eldon Road, Oakwood
Tommy Anderson Park 94 Dunn Street, Bobcaygeon
Valentia Park 132 Elm Tree Road, Little Britain
Victoria Junction William Street North and Orchard Park Road, Lindsay
Victoria Park 210 Kent Street West, Lindsay
Ward Park 7675 Highway 35 North, Norland
Wilderness Park County Road 36/Wilderness Park Road, Bobcaygeon
Wilfred Hogan Park 26 Dominion Drive, Lindsay
Wilson Fields - West 235 Colborne Street East, Lindsay
Wilson Fields East - Optimist Soccer Park 29 St. Joseph Road, Lindsay
Woodville Ball Park 104 Union Street, Woodville 

For further information regarding Municipal Parks call 705-324-9411 extension 1301 or e-mail the Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.

Park Rules

All Kawartha Lakes Parks adhere to By-law 2006-174 to regulate, protect, and govern public parks to ensure an equally enjoyable park experience for all users.

The following items and activities are prohibited in our Parks:

  • Possession and consumption of liquor
  • Firearms and weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Hunting
  • Dumping of waste, fill, or snow
  • Littering
  • Camping
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Loud music

Open fires and fire pits are not permitted in Municipal Parks unless authorized by a rental permit.

Only staff maintenance vehicles are allowed in Municipal Parks, except on designated roadways.

Pets must be kept on a leash at all times and patrons are required to clean up after their pet.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking within a 20-meter radius of any municipality owned:

  • Playground
  • Splash pad
  • Sporting field, surface or associated spectator area

To report a tobacco related concern or obtain additional information pertaining to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, please contact the Haliburton, Pine Ridge District Health Unit and speak with a tobacco control officer by calling 1-866-888-4577.

For further information regarding Municipal Parks e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1301.

Municipal Forest Tracts

Kawartha Lakes has 3,792 hectares of forests located within four Municipal Forest Tracts.

Our Municipal Forest Tracts are open year-round and offer the perfect backdrop for a variety of outdoor recreational activities for both residents and visitors to Kawartha Lakes. Enjoy the extensive well-being benefits associated with spending time outdoors in nature.

Municipal Forest tracts are working forests; not parks. There are no facilities or waste receptacles provided, visitors are asked to plan their trip accordingly ahead of time. Visitors are advised to exercise caution while visiting Forest Tracts, like any outdoor nature pursuit there are risks that can occur; visitors are reminded to use Municipal Forest Tracts at their own risk.

All Municipal Forest Tracts adhere to the By-law 2005-329.

Forest Tract Locations

Somerville Tract

Somerville TractSomerville Tract is located in Norland and is comprised 3,420 hectares of mixed forest property. The Forest Tract contains three trail loops covering a variety of terrain including pine plantations, wetlands, hardwoods and rock outcrops.

Address:  4420 Monck Road, Kinmount

Permitted Activities:

The following activities are permitted at the Somerville Forest Tract:

  • Walking and hiking
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Orienteering and geocaching
  • Nature appreciation and study
  • Horseback riding
  • Dog walking - Pets must be under control or on leash
  • Off-Road Cycling

Restricted Activities:

The following activities are not permitted at the Somerville Forest Tract:

  • Camping
  • Motorized vehicles (ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, 4x4s etc.)
  • Hunting
  • Forest harvesting
  • Off-leash dog walking
  • Littering or illegal dumping
  • Open fires
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Target practice / patterning or sighting of firearms
  • Paintball
  • Cutting, pruning, digging or gathering of trees, shrubs, ground cover or firewood
  • Construction of unauthorized structures, trails, permanent tree stands
  • Digging or the use of a metal detectors

For further information e-mail the Parks, Recreation and Culture Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1176.

Manvers Tract

Permitted Activities:

The following activities are permitted at the Manvers Forest Tract:

  • Walking and hiking
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Orienteering and geocaching
  • Nature appreciation and study
  • Horseback riding
  • Dog walking - Pets must be under control or on leash
  • Off-Road Cycling

Restricted Activities:

The following activities are not permitted at the Emily Forest Tract:

  • Camping
  • Motorized vehicles (ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, 4x4s etc.)
  • Hunting
  • Forest harvesting
  • Off-leash dog walking
  • Littering or illegal dumping
  • Open fires
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Target practice / patterning or sighting of firearms
  • Paintball
  • Cutting, pruning, digging or gathering of trees, shrubs, ground cover or firewood
  • Construction of unauthorized structures, trails, permanent tree stands
  • Digging or the use of a metal detectors

For further information e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1176.

Laxton Tract

Permitted Activities:

The following activities are permitted at the Laxton Forest Tract:

  • Walking and hiking
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Orienteering and geocaching
  • Nature appreciation and study
  • Horseback riding
  • Dog walking - Pets must be under control or on leash
  • Off-Road Cycling

Restricted Activities:

The following activities are not permitted at the Emily Forest Tract:

  • Camping
  • Motorized vehicles (ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, 4x4s etc.)
  • Hunting
  • Forest harvesting
  • Off-leash dog walking
  • Littering or illegal dumping
  • Open fires
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Target practice / patterning or sighting of firearms
  • Paintball
  • Cutting, pruning, digging or gathering of trees, shrubs, ground cover or firewood
  • Construction of unauthorized structures, trails, permanent tree stands
  • Digging or the use of a metal detectors

For further information e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1176.

Emily Tract

Emily Tract is comprised of 99.2 hectares of mixed forest property. This Tract includes two trail loops that wind through the property providing visitors the opportunity to explore unique glacial land features including moraines and eskers.

Emily Tract contains two trail loops: Loop 1 is gently rolling and heavily forested and Loop 2 crosses a wooden bridge, is hillier and is also heavily forested.

Address:  832 Peace Road, Omemee

Permitted Activities:

The following activities are permitted at the Emily Forest Tract:

  • Walking and hiking
  • Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
  • Orienteering and geocaching
  • Nature appreciation and study
  • Horseback riding
  • Dog walking - Pets must be under control or on leash
  • Off-Road Cycling

Restricted Activities:

The following activities are not permitted at the Emily Forest Tract:

  • Camping
  • Motorized vehicles (ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, 4x4s etc.)
  • Hunting
  • Forest harvesting
  • Off-leash dog walking
  • Littering or illegal dumping
  • Open fires
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Target practice / patterning or sighting of firearms
  • Paintball
  • Cutting, pruning, digging or gathering of trees, shrubs, ground cover or firewood
  • Construction of unauthorized structures, trails, permanent tree stands
  • Digging or the use of a metal detectors

For further information e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1176.

Trails and Forest Tract Guidelines

Below are some suggestions for using and sharing Kawartha Lakes Forest Tracts responsibly:

  • Maintain a physical distance of a minimum of 6 feet (2 metres) from other Forest Tract visitors at all times.
  • Try to stay on the trail, even if it rough and muddy;
  • Walking or cycling on the edge of the trail can widen the trail and cause damage and erosion; travel single file to avoid widening the trail;
  • If you are in a group and are not following a marked trail (for example, if you are walking through an open field) try to spread out rather than following in each other's footsteps to reduce environmental impact;
  • Avoid sensitive vegetation and watch where you put your feet;
  • Be considerate and honour other's desire for solitude and a peaceful outdoor experience;
  • Be especially cautious around horses and bikers, stay to the right of the trail and let them pass;
  • Allow for future use of the outdoors, by leaving it better than you found it;
  • Carry out what you carry in, don't burn or bury trash;
  • Respect the environment and other trail and Forest Tract users.

For further information on Municipal Forest Tracts e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division or call 705-324-9411 extension 1301.

Invasive Species

The Emerald Ash Borer has been detected and confirmed in Memorial Park, Oakwood and near Balsam Lake. We work closely with Fleming College and participated in a street tree inventory program for Lindsay. The inventory results showed that our urban street tree canopy contains approximately 4% ash species. This inventory provides us with valuable data to determine future needs.

We follow a set of best practices to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer:

  • The ash trees in Lindsay Parks have been inventoried;
  • City staff have participated in Emerald Ash Borer awareness and training;
  • Emerald Ash Borer monitoring traps are in place around the City;
  • Arborists monitor ash trees throughout the City and remove pests;
  • We have identified parks and green space that contains predominately ash species and are working toward plans for inter-planting and replacement planting in preparation for the loss of these ash species;
  • Replacement planting does not include the ash species.

Please call 705-324-9411 extension 1176 or E-Mail the Parks and Open Spaces Supervisor for more information about the Emerald Ash Borer.

 

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer has been detected and confirmed in Memorial Park, Oakwood and near Balsam Lake. We work closely with Fleming College and participated in a street tree inventory program for Lindsay. The inventory results showed that our urban street tree canopy contains approximately 4% ash species. This inventory provides us with valuable data to determine future needs.

We follow a set of best practices to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer:

  • The ash trees in Lindsay Parks have been inventoried;
  • City staff have participated in Emerald Ash Borer awareness and training;
  • Emerald Ash Borer monitoring traps are in place around the City;
  • Arborists monitor ash trees throughout the City and remove pests;
  • We have identified parks and green space that contains predominately ash species and are working toward plans for inter-planting and replacement planting in preparation for the loss of these ash species;
  • Replacement planting does not include the ash species.
Lymantria dispar dispar (Ldd) Moth

The Lymantria dispar dispar or Ldd moth is an invasive species that is native to Europe. It was first detected in Ontario in 1969. This defoliator feeds on a variety of hardwood specifies but prefers oak, birch and aspen. During severe outbreaks, softwoods such as eastern white pine, balsam fir, and Colorado blue spruce may be affected.

Healthy trees can withstand repeated years of defoliation before branch and twig dieback start to occur.

The MNRF does not manage Ldd moths on private land. Landowners can find reputable insect control service providers with experience in controlling Ldd moth populations by checking their local listings.

For more information, visit the Ontario website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do Ldd moths do to forests?

Answer: Larvae (caterpillars) feed on new foliage. They may also defoliate understory shrubs and plants. Hardwood trees can produce a second crop of leaves during the growing season enabling them to continue to grow. Defoliation stresses trees making them more susceptible to damage from secondary pests, drought, and poor growing conditions.

 

Are Ldd moths a common occurrence every year in Kawartha Lakes? are some years better than others or is this something that strictly happens every few years or so?

Answer: Lymantria dispar dispar are always present however, every 7 to 10 years populations can spike.

 

Are there certain areas in Kawartha Lakes that have been harder hit than others?

Answer: When compared to neighbouring municipalities Kawartha Lakes has experienced lower to moderate infestation numbers. However, some areas in the southern portion of the municipality around Pontypool have experienced higher Ldd populations with significant defoliation occurring in forest stands and woodlots.

 

What has the municipality done this season to tackle these invasive insects?

Answer: Public awareness by way of resident outreach. Local nurseries are working with concerned residents and directing them to the Ontario website.

 

What are some control methods for Ldd moths?

Answer: Landowners can find reputable insect control service providers with experience in controlling Ldd moth populations by checking their local listings. 

In spring, after eggs have hatched, placing burlap bands around the tree stem gives the traveling larvae a place to congregate during warm days from which they can be physically removed and killed.

Also in spring, just after larvae have emerged, registered insecticides can be applied to help protect trees from defoliation.

In fall and winter, physical removal and discarding of egg masses is also effective.

Related Resources:

For further information e-mail the Parks and Recreation Division or 705-324-9411 extension 1176.

For further information regarding municipal parks or forest tracts, contact the Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Division by e-mail or by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1176.

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