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Hike Info

N42.79759  W81.18004

14.5 km

5 h

Intermediate

287 m total

This hike in the Dalewood-Kettle Creek Conservation Area takes place over a fairly moderate dirt trail with some slight hills and steep areas.

Fees-none, ($10 in campground)

Washrooms near the campground

Along the trail

15 Jun 2009

Not wheelchair accessible.

None

You can alter how far you go after (006).

Dalewood Reservoir

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The Site

Dalewood CA Kettle Creek

The complete Dalewood Conservation Area and Kettle Creek hike trail begins at the one-way bridge over the creek and follows the eastern side of Dalewood Conservation Area Reservoir before meandering along Kettle Creek passing through hardwood forests, pine plantations and walnut groves along the way. The trail skirts around the western and southern sides of Dalewood Reservoir over numerous wooden bridges to return.

Dalewood Reservoir

The Dalewood Conservation Area is located just minutes outside the City of St. Thomas and is encompassed by 25 hectares of provincially significant wetlands.

The campgrounds offer 200 serviced and unserviced sites. A swimming pool on site, nearby shopping and an 18 hole disc golf course within walking distance, make Dalewood an attractive choice for a season of camping or a weekend getaway.

A 12 kilometre looped hiking trail circles the Dalewood Reservoir. A leisurely walk will bring you up close to a variety of wildlife including, great blue herons, beavers and an array of song birds.

Kettle Creek is a creek in Elgin County in southwestern Ontario, Canada that empties into Lake Erie at Port Stanley. It drains an area of 520 km². Kettle Creek flows through parts of London, Ontario and St. Thomas, Ontario. Most of the watershed is used for agriculture and during dry summers, water shortages can be experienced.

The best part of this hike is the beginning trek around the Dalewood Reservoir which resembles a large natural lake and then on the return the long hike over numerous bridges crossing inlets on the lake. Along the way you will see a few cyclists as well as people canoeing in the lake on a fine summer day. The stretch along Kettle Creek is more wild and rugged in places but not difficult. In some areas you will feel enveloped by a low sea of beautiful green vegetation as far as you can see.

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