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If recreation is your thing, Grey Highlands is probably already on your radar with it’s pristine lakes and waterways just ripe for your favourite pastime. But if you are new to this recreational paradise, you’ll definitely want to check it out. Well known for a wide range of fish, the Beaver and Boyne Rivers, Irish, Wilcox and Eugenia Lakes are popular hangouts. Hunters too, will find it very accommodating around here with several permitted hunting lands to choose from.
Paddling along the Beaver River is a relaxing way to view nature.
The Beaver River Canoe Route begins just north of Kimberley, and winds its way through open areas and wooded sections, with several views of the Niagara Escarpment on either side. The route ends at the village of Heathcote. Wildlife viewing opportunities are excellent, as is fishing. Short portages may be required to bypass log jams because they don’t call it the Beaver River for nothing!
While the river, itself is small and meandering, Brook Trout can be found in the Flesherton Pond, a dammed portion of the Boyne River, also a popular local swimming hole just minutes from downtown Flesherton. Fishing access is by side-of-the-road or by manpowered craft. There is also a covered picnic area at the beach.
A hidden gem in Grey County, Lake Eugenia attracts many recreational fishers every year. The main species of fish caught in the lake include Rock, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Perch, Sunfish, and Bullhead catfish. Trout can also be found here but their numbers have been dwindling and are most likely to be caught at or near the old river bed along the causeway to the south. The public beach contains a picnicking area with washrooms and ample parking. The boat launch is staffed on weekends and usage fees apply.
It is a fairly large lake with plenty of interesting places to canoe or kayak but motorized boating is a common activity as well. Speed boats, row boats, fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, sailing and wind surfing vessels can be seen on any good day. Beach front cottages surround the lake so shoreline activity can be high with swimmers, boaters and fishers too. The O.P.P patrols the waters on holiday weekends.
A small quiet lake just a 10 minute drive from Flesherton and Markdale, Irish Lake is for non-motorized boats only, as is Wilcox Lake to the south. Both public lakes can be accessed from the road, so drop a line and wait for the magic!
This forest property is host to extensive wetlands and plantations, which fall on both sides of the 3rd Concession. Permitted uses include hunting, but there are no formally established trails on the property.
A forest property accessed from the 10th Concession, extensive wetlands are found on this land. A large pine plantation is located on the southeast corner of the property, and hardwoods dominate the north end. Permitted uses include hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling in the winter (by permit).
Accessed from Osprey The Blue Mountains Townline, this forest hosts a portion of the Kolapore Uplands Wilderness Ski Trails, including 4.4 kilometres of marked cross country ski trails maintained by the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association. Fishing, hunting, and hiking are permitted in Spring and Summer. Cross country skiing is permitted in the winter.
The beautiful water, parkland, trees and pastures of Grey Highlands provide great opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Boating, fishing, hunting or just relaxing on a hot summer day are all permitted recreational activities. Bring the family. Tell your friends. Come back again.