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Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area (GRCA)

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area is located outside of the town of Ayr in Waterloo Region, and is part of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA).  Featuring a sandy beach and natural Carolinian forest, Pinehurst Lake is open year round for day use, as well as overnight camping from May to October.

The lake is suitable for non-motorized boats: paddleboats, canoes and kayaks can be rented on site. Anglers will enjoy fishing at Pinehurst Lake, with its sunfish, largemouth bass and black crappie populations. 

There are 10 kilometres of marked nature trails winding through hardwood forests that are perfect for hiking and cycling. 

During the winter months, activities at Pinehurst Lake include showshoeing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing.

Pinehurst Lake is a perfect location for birding enthusiasts, with more than 100 bird species having been recorded in the area. Notable species include the bald eagle, Cooper’s hawk, Acadian flycatcher, Louisiana waterthrush and the red-headed woodpecker.

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