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The Fanshawe Lake Trail is a 20 km loop trail that goes around Fanshawe Reservoir. The trail is accessed at the main entrance to Fanshawe Conservation Area, 1424 Clarke Road (just north of Huron Street).
The Lake Trail is open to cyclists and hikers from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Night riding is prohibited. Helmets are mandatory for cyclists. Bike bells are recommended. Park admission fees are in effect.
Click on the links below to see the map and brochure text, or pick up a copy at the UTRCA administration office (at Fanshawe CA), , or call 519-451-2800.
In order to ensure trail safety for all users, people biking all the way around the reservoir must go the following directions, depending on the DATE:
All bikers unable to travel all the way around the lake must yield when biking against the flow of traffic. Bikers are reminded to watch for pedestrians using the trail.
The trail offers spectacular views, all kinds of wildlife and a variety of terrain. As you hike or bike your way around Fanshawe Reservoir, you will travel 20 km through mature forest, open meadows and along three stretches of roadway.
The trail covers flat and rugged terrain with areas of steep hills, exposed roots and rocks. Plan ahead, and know your abilities as well as the areas through which you are hiking or riding.
Low Water Crossings
There are two low water crossings on the trail, one over Wye Creek and one just south of the Thorndale bridge on the west side of the Thames River. During periods of high water flow, these sections of the trail may be impassable, in which case you will be asked to double back.
Provisional data on the Wye Creek crossing are available on line. Trail conditions are also posted at the trailhead in the day use area (#1 on the map).
Bikers - Blue squares and black diamonds along the Lake Trail indicate the level of difficulty. The entire Lake Trail is marked with blue squares. Bikers have the option of riding the tougher black diamond sections.
Hikers - The Lake Trail is also part of the Thames Valley Trail (TVT), which runs from the southern border of Middlesex County to the Town of St. Marys. The white markers on the west side of the lake indicate the main TVT route. The blue biking markers on the east side indicate the secondary TVT trail.
Please note: Traveling on muddy trails can cause damage and erosion. Please be aware of trail conditions.
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For More Information: email , or call 519-951-6181 ext. 367.
This page was last
April 24, 2013.
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