About Valens Lake Conservation Area
Looking for a northern feel without the drive? Valens Lake offers you the look and feel of the ‘north’, right in your own backyard! The area is a 300-hectare mecca for campers, anglers, and outdoor lovers alike.
Valens Lake is now offering an exciting and new overnight accommodation, the Drumlin Cabins! These cabins are brand new, and offer options for occupancy, from 1-6 people, in three different cabin layouts.
Each cabin includes:
- Propane BBQ
- Kitchenette with sink and mini fridge, or full size fridge in deluxe rental
- Inside dining table
- High quality mattresses
- Flush toilet washroom
- Fire pit (located outside)
- Two picnic tables
- Electric base board heating for the cold months
- Parking for one vehicle included. Additional vehicle fees apply if more than one.
Valens Lake is a popular family campground with 225 campsites, including 125 sites with electrical and water hookups, 6 group areas and walk-in sites.
Please note that walk-in sites are accessible on foot only. There is a parking lot nearby where you may unpack and leave your vehicle during your stay, but you cannot drive your vehicle to the site.
Campsites offer lake views and forest-covered areas, radio free zones, and is alcohol-free year-round. Up to six people are permitted per campsite. One vehicle is free with your permit. Additional vehicles require an additional vehicle permit and will be charged at the time of check-in. Check-in is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and check-out is 1 p.m.
Camping is available year-round. Sites are reservable from April 1 to October 31 and can be booked up to 11 months in advance of your stay. In the off season (November 1 to March 31), sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Beginning in mid-October, Hilltop is the only washroom available; water will also be available here.
Enjoy 10 kilometres of trail, 300-metre wetland boardwalk, and even an observation tower, offering a stunning view of the surrounding forests and lake. While beautiful any time of year, autumn has become a popular viewing season due to the migrating waterfowl and colour changes in the area landscape.
Explore the 10-kilometres of trails, great for cross-country skiing (when conditions permit) or by foot. Track Valens Lake’s animal residents in the snow or just enjoy the beauty of the area in winter.
There are over 1,000 picnic tables scattered throughout the scenic landscape.
Explore Valens Lake by boat in a kayak, canoe, rowboat or stand-up paddleboard. Fish from the boat or just enjoy the scenery and wildlife of Valens Lake. Gasoline motors are not permitted on the lake.
BOAT RENTALS ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
There are great fishing opportunities in the reservoir, and you can fish from a boat, shoreline and docks located around the reservoir. Some native species that you will find in the reservoir include; Northern pike, Largemouth bass and a variety of panfish.
Please note: Valens Lake is a fish sanctuary. Fishing is closed from April 1 to the fourth Saturday in June annually.
HCA has implemented a voluntary catch and release while fishing at Valens and Christie Lake to help support a sustainable native fishery within the reservoirs.
Any summer day, swimmers and sunbathers can enjoy the sandy beach, and natural swimming area. Enjoy the Beach store, featuring pre-packaged snacks and cool treats to add that special something to your picnic lunch.
Be smart this summer season and follow all water safety rules. No lifeguards are provided on our beaches. Adults, children are your responsibility.
Water Quality Testing
The City of Hamilton Health Department tests the beach at Valens Lake weekly during the summer months. Testing results can be found on the City of Hamilton website.