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Chippawa Creek Conservation Area

Left: Path around Dils Lake, a man-made resevoir supporting a wide variety of wildlife. Top right: Forested area on the north side of the lake. Bottom right: Fully accessible lookout point [Angela VanGoolen].


Chippawa Creek Conservation Area is a 10 hectare park located in the Township of Wainfleet. Accessible to people of all ability levels, the park boasts a large man-made reservoir and a number of trails, one of which is easily accessible to people with disabilities. The main path circles Dils Lake and is generally flat, of fine gravel, and gives visitors a great view of the lake and its surrounding woodlands. Paths are clean and well maintained, with easy access to the park’s single lookout point and its docks and fishing piers. Canoes and kayaks are available for rental at the the gatehouse near the park entrance. Visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming, and boating (non-motorized) in the lake, not to mention hiking and picnicking. The park is popular for picnickers, with large areas of open space and picnic tables. There is a playground, a volleyball and basketball court, and a campground along one side of the lake, adding to the recreational value of the park.


The park is also backed by the Welland River, previously known as Chippawa Creek, popular for fishing along with Dils Lake which is stocked with largemouth bass, crappie and carp. In late June or July a fishing derby is held, bringing visitors of all ages to enjoy the park’s attractive setting and fishing areas.


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Hours of Operation


Open Year Round    8:00 am - 8:00 pm


See camp fees on NPCA website: http://www.reservations.npca.ca/en/

Campground Map: http://www.npca.ca/wp-content/uploads/chippawa_campsites.pdf




From Toronto:

(approx. 1 hour, 40 min)

- Take the ON-403 West then merge onto the Queen Elizabeth Way East toward Niagara/East    Hamilton/Fort Erie

- Take exit 64 for Ontario Street Beamsville (after 35.8 km)

- Turn right (south) onto Ontario Street

- Turn left (west) at King Street (Regional Road 18/Regional Road 81)

- Continue to follow Mountain Street up the escarpment (8.9 km)

- Turn right (west) onto Twenty Mile Rd (Regional Road 69) and drive for 2.8 km

- Turn left (southwest) onto Regional Road 20 E and after 4.9 km continue onto Regional Road 27

- After 4.9 km make a slight right onto Wellandport Road (before the S-Bend)

- Take the first right (after 400 m) onto Creek Road (Regional Road 45)

- Destination will be on the right

From Niagara Falls:

(approx. 55 min from the Rainbow Bridge)

- Head northwest on Falls Avenue (Regional Road 420)
- Continue onto ON-420 West (signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/Ontario 420 W)
- After 1.4 km take exit for Dorchester Road South
- Turn right (west) onto Lundy's Lane
- Continue straight on Lundy's Lane for 4.6 km
- Continue onto ON-20 W (signs for Regional Road 70 S/Townline Road)
- Continue onto Regional Road 20 West
- After 16.6 km turn left (south) onto Victoria Avenue (Regional Road 24)
- Turn left onto River Road (Regional Road 27)
- Make a slight right onto Wellandport Rd (before the S-Bend)

- Take the first right onto Creek Road (Regional Road 45)
- Destination will be on the right


From Fort Erie:

(approx. 1 hour from the Peace Bridge)

- Head west on the Queen Elizabeth Way toward Toronto
- Take exit 12 for Netherby Road W
- Turn left (southwest) onto Netherby Road (Regional Road 25) and drive for 12.6 km
- Continue onto Townline Tunnel Road (Regional Road 525) for 6.1 km
- Turn right (north) onto Canal Bank Street (Regional Road 68)
- Turn left (west) onto Ontario Road aft4er 1.4 km
- Continue onto Broadway
- Turn left onto Riverside Drive (Regional Road 27), continue to follow this road for 18.1 km
- Make a left onto Creek Road (Regional Road 45) and drive for 3.5 km
- Destination will be on the right




Dils Lake Reservoir was built in the early 1960s shortly after having been acquired by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. NPCA officials considered the area of great value for educational, recreational, and wildlife conservation purposes. Topographically, the lake sits on a former ox-bow of the Welland River and a build-up of deposited soils has created a type of micro-climate, where instead of the clay-based soils found in much of the park there is a rich loam. This has allowed different sorts of trees to grow than the surrounding area including black walnut, shag bark hickory and bitternut, oaks and tulip trees.


Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority


- Trail
- Accessible Restrooms
- Docks and Fishing Piers (no motorized crafts)
- Canoe Rental
- Volleyball Court
- Playground
- Picnic Tables
- Campground

Admission Fee

Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend: Adults $4.00 Seniors & Students $3.00 Maximum fee per car $15.00 Bus (over 20 passengers) $79.10 Off Season: Free walk-in


Trails, Restrooms, Fishing Piers, Docks


84646 Regional Road 45 (Creek Road)
L0S 1V0 Municipality Wainfleet


(905) 788-3135

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 42.9929
Longitude -79.5152
UTM easting 621046.12
UTM northing 4760990.60


Diane L. Bois
Administrative Assistant, Operations
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road West
3rd Floor
Welland, Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel (905) 788-3135
Fax (905) 788-1121
Email dbois@conservation-ontario.on.ca

Trail length 

1.1 km

Walking time 

30-45 minutes

Surface features 

Fine gravel path, approximately 1.4 m wide

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