Situated in the beautiful jack pine forests just north of Timmins, the Hersey Lake Conservation Area is a year-round recreational facility. The area offers a variety of outdoor and leisurely activities for everyone to enjoy. A large beach, numerous trails, picnicking facilities, public washrooms and plenty of parking make it ideal for a family outing or for a school hike.
The Conservation Area was purchased by the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority in 1979 in order to preserve this unique area and develop it for the benefit of the Community. At the present time the conservation area is 226 hectares (560 acres) in size with the lake being the centre of all activity.
Hersey Lake Trail System
The trail system in the conservation area ties in with the larger Timmins Recreation Trail Network, a 45 km non-motorized trail system stretching across the community. Each major intersection of trails within Hersey Lake is named and marked with a sign pole. These signs, which are clearly marked on the reverse side map, give directions and distances to other locations within and outside the conservation area. Forming part of the trails network are a number of access roads including the South and North Trails, Lynx Road and the Fisher Lake Trail.
Other features include several scenic lookouts like Grosse Point and Jack Pine Lake, boardwalks at Tamarack and Fisher Lakes and several rest stops.
Hersey Lake Publications
The following brochures are available for download and require a PDF viewer.
Hersey Lake Conservation Area Guide – This guide provides an overview of the Hersey Lake Recreational Trail System and features a variety of outdoor activities that are available to the public.
Tamarack Trail Guide – This self-guided interpretive trail has been designed to introduce the conservation area visitor to some of the unique plants and animals of the northern environment. Located along the trail are fifteen interpretive stations whose numbers correspond to those in this booklet. Each station acts as a rest spot where you will be able to learn more about the natural and human history of the area while experiencing some of the sights, sounds and smells of the forest around you.