A Colourful Paddle on Deerock Lake


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When I talk to folks about kayaking I’ve had a few people mention to me how great a spot Deerock Lake is to paddle. I added it to my bucket list of places to visit and I finally made the trip on a sunny morning in early-October of 2019.

They weren’t exaggerating – Deerock Lake Conservation Area may be the absolute most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. I can hardly wait to go back again this year.

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I couldn’t believe my eyes when I pulled up to the launch. With no clouds in the sky and not a hint of wind in the air, the reflection of the colourful leaves on the water was pristine. I couldn’t unload my kayak and get out on the water fast enough.

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Deerock Lake Conservation Area is also known as the Elzevir Peatlands Conservation Reserve. According to the sign, it is one of the largest mostly continuous peatlands in southern Ontario and his home to a variety of fish and wildlife, including elk, deer and moose. There are also 26 non-maintained sites in the reserve, including a few found on small islands.

I was the only person out on the lake. I almost felt guilty disturbing the calm water with my paddle. Small bait fish were startled by my presence, and gave me ideas about visiting again with my fishing gear.

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If you own a canoe or kayak, you owe it to yourself to visit Deerock Lake Conservation Area. Even if you can’t get out on the water, taking in the view from the shoreline is still well worth the visit. It’s located about 15 minutes north of the village of Flinton.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That statement is definitely true on this occasion. Rather than write anything else, here are a few more photos of my visit.

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