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Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park

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At the 27 acre naturalized Mel Swart-Lake Gibson Conservation Park, visitors may enjoy scenic views of Lake Gibson and take a stroll on the boardwalk that runs overtop the lake's shoreline. Lake Gibson is an artificial lake that covers what were once meadowlands at the top of the Niagara Escarpment.  The lake was created in 1904 to store water in a reservoir for hydroelectric power generation at the Ontario Power Generation Decew Falls 1 and 2. The lake was created by flooding the shallow valley of Beaverdams Creek.  Lake Moodie is located to the northwest of Lake Gibson and is a smaller segment of the overall Lake Gibson system.  You will find Lake Moodie by travelling west on DeCew Road, crossing the Merritville Highway at the lights, and crossing the little bridge.  Lake Gibson flows under the bridge into the Lake Moodie reservoir.  You can park at the historic foundation of  DeCew House, the destination of Laura Secord's famous journey during the War of 1812.  A little further west on DeCew Road is Morningstar Mill consisting of a working gristmill dating from 1872, plus a reconstructed sawmill. Almost all of the water supplied to these lakes comes from Lake Erie via the Welland Canal, and the lakes form part of the Twelve Mile Creek watershed.  Because of the fluctuating levels of water and ensuing currents, boating and swimming are not allowed.



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Hours of Operation

8:00 am - Dusk


DeCew Road between the Merritville Highway and Beaverdams Road


Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park
DeCew Road
Thorold, Ontario
L0S 1E6

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.10767481330
Longitude -79.22561452110
UTM easting 644376
UTM northing 4774300


City of Thorold
Thorold, Ontario
Email pubworks@thorold.com

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