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Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area

​Encounter great blue herons, American coots and sora rails at Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area. This 84 hectare site is a great place to watch nesting birds, cast a fishing line, and cycle along trails which are part of the Nokiidaa Trail system linking the Towns of Aurora, Newmarket and East Gwillimbury. The concrete lock and its swing bridge are remnants of a 'Ghost' Canal System built and abandoned in the early 1900's - without ever having been used.

Hazard Tree Removal Project

​October and November 2019

For the safety of Nokiidaa trail users, trees affected by the emerald ash borer beetle that are in danger of falling on the trail are being removed on a portion of Rogers Reservoir.

Trail Closure Details 

A map showing the closure of the Nokiidaa trail, east of 2nd Concession, up until noth of Green Lane.This work requires a partial and temporary closure on the Nokiidaa trail that goes through Rogers Reservoir in October and November 2019.

The trail portion running between 2nd Concession Road and Green Lane East will be closed starting Monday, October 7 for approximately 6 weeks. 

To limit the inconvenience to trail users: 

  • The closure will be in effect from Monday to Friday only. 
  • The closure will be in effect from 10 am to 5 pm only. 
  • The trail will be fully open on weekends, and open all day on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14, 2019.

How can you stay informed?

  • We’ll update this page, our social media accounts, and  email to our Conservation Areas Mailing List (sign up here​!)
  • There is on-site signage at either end of the trail closure, as well as at the GO Train Station.  
  • We're working with the Town of Newmarket, Town of East Gwillimbury, Metrolinx and York Region to help inform affected trail users through their network

Why is this necessary?

  • The hazard trees being removed are Ash trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. 
  • All trees removed will be replaced, with double to triple the number of total trees removed. 
  • Most of the replacement seedlings will be planted in the spring with some being planted this fall.  
  • The replacement trees will be a selection of native species that are suited to the site and will increase biodiversity. 

I have a question, who do I contact? 

Justin Brodeur, Forestry Program Assistant
905-895-1281, ext. 236 |

Meadow Restoration

You've seen the new wetland at Rogers Reservoir, but did you know we're restoring a meadow too?

This meadow will be a sight to behold - you'll be able to see it from the Nokiidaa Trail on the north side of the river, but a newly meandering trail will also allow you to explore up close. As we move forward with this project, there may be opportunities to participate in meetings, plantings, guided ​walks and more. ​


Need some help finding your way?

​Smartphone maps are now available

smartphone-map.pngDid you know you can now access the​ Rogers Reservoir map 
usi​ng the free Avenza App? 

Simply download the app on your smartphone and use it when you visit. It’s that easy! Once the map is downloaded, you won’t have to use your data when you hit the trails.​

Use your device's built-in GPS to track your location on any map, plot locations and photos, measure distance and area, and more. 

How to Use Avenza
  1. Download the Avenza app on your mobile phone​.
  2. Create an account (or click the small white x in the top right corner to skip this step!)
  3. Tap the store button.
  4. Click the “Find Maps" search bar. Search for LSRCA and select the map.
  5. Click install.
  6. Go to My Maps.
  7. Select your map and hit the trails. Once you install your map, you no longer need access to data.