Chippawa Creek


Our campground is now closed for the season, however the conservation area remains open for walk-up passive recreation such as hiking and bird watching. Parking area and washroom facilities will be closed for the winter season.


74646 Regional Rd 45, Wellandport, ON L0R 2J0




Friday of Victoria Day - Thanksgiving
8am to 8pm

Sunrise - Sunset  


10 E.coli (cfu/100mL) Geometric Mean
Tested August 21, 2023

Always use caution when swimming in natural waters
More on beach conditions


Vehicle and Driver - $14.50
Vehicle and Senior/Student Driver - $11.00
Additional Passenger - Adult - $5.00
Additional Passenger - Senior/Student - $4.00
Max Car - $29.75
Bus (over 20) - $161.00
Auto Gate Peak Season (no attendant) - $14.50
Camping Non-Serviced (single night) - $57.30
Camping 15Amp (single night) - $62.69
Camping 15Amp Premium (single night) - $68.09
Camping 30Amp (single night) - $70.78
Camping 30Amp Premium (single night) - $73.48
Camping 15Amp (Seasonal) - $3,162.09
Camping 15Amp Premium (Seasonal) - $3,462.55
Camping 30Amp (Seasonal) - $3,612.92
Camping 30Amp Premium (Seasonal) - $3,903.13
Reservation Fee - $12.00
Change/Cancellation Fee - $8.00
Deck Storage - $95.38
Water Skiing

Winter Weather Notice

All NPCA conservation areas remain open daily from sunrise to sunset for passive recreation such as hiking and birdwatching. However, note that trails are natural and not maintained for winter recreation. Parking lot and sidewalks will be maintained on a ‘as-required’ basis. 

Conservation area visitors are reminded to take precaution and prepare appropriately for the weather and trail conditions, especially when inclement weather and conditions may arise. In the event of inclement weather, NPCA conservation areas remain open, but activities and services may be limited and facilities such as the Centre for Conservation at Ball’s Falls may be closed.

Please be mindful of NPCA staff who work hard to ensure primary parking areas are cleared and plowed when visiting. Please check NPCA conservation area pages on Facebook for closure postings, as these are updated regularly.

Chippawa Creek is a splendid example of conservation in action. The NPCA’s resource management practices have fostered an ideal wildlife habitat that offers rare public access to the Welland River. Recreationalists and naturalists alike will enjoy a variety of opportunities and activities that is uncommon in the southernmost part of Ontario. Many visitors to Chippawa Creek used to think they had to drive north for the experiences available here.

Dils Lake, a 10 hectare man made reservoir, is the perfect spot for a variety of outdoor activities including non-motorized boating, swimming and fishing. Equipped with wheelchair-accessible fishing piers and trails, the lake is populated by a variety of fish species including large mouth bass, crappie and carp and is a favourite amongst area anglers, many of whom attend the annual Bass Derby held each July. Additional events hosted by the Campers’ Recreation Committee include Canada Day parade, Halloween Celebrations, and Christmas in July.

In addition to offering 156 campsites, the vast open areas can be used year round. Popular summer activities include hiking the 1.1 km trail around Dils Lake, group picnics, or just relaxing in the shade near the water. Please note, bookings open in April of every year.

A small boat launch and access to the Welland River entice explorers to check out one of Niagara’s main watercourses. A sheltered pavilion is available for public use or by reservation. Chippawa Creek Conservation Area is a dog-friendly park, but all four-legged friends must be on a leash.

Rules and regulations must be followed at all times. Admission fees apply.

  • Fishing in Dils Lake is permitted. 
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited in day-use areas. 
  • Chippawa Creek Conservation Area is a dog-friendly park, but all four-legged friends must be on a leash.

Alcohol Ban: There is a total alcohol ban for Victoria Day and Labour Day Long Weekends.

It is recommended that guests refrain from using charcoal when bbqing and instead, opt for the use of propane. Please note there are no receptacles to dispose of hot coals on-site and this poses a fire hazard.

For information on hunting at this site, please visit


MNRF Fishing Regulations apply at the Conservation Area. For more information, please visit or

Please note that Catch and Release policy applies for all NPCA Conservation Areas except St. Johns Conservation Area. 

Waterbodies within the Niagara Peninsula Watershed fall into Fisheries Management Zones 16 (inland), 19 (Lake Erie and Niagara River upstream of Niagara Falls) and 20 (Lake Ontario and Niagara River below Niagara Falls).


Buy Your NaturePlus Pass (Annual Membership)

The NaturePlus Pass provides unlimited access to Conservation Areas across the Niagara Peninsula watershed.

It offers fantastic value to outdoor and nature enthusiasts who step into nature regularly at NPCA conservation areas with entry for one vehicle and its occupants to parks where fees apply. Those who visit on a regular basis and purchase this pass have found that after a few visits, the pass will have paid for itself.

When you purchase a pass, you help ensure the conservation areas receive the necessary resources for proper management, guaranteeing that these natural gems are enjoyed responsibly and protected for the benefit of current and future generations.


Beach Conditions & Water Quality

Natural bodies of water are great places to play, swim and cool off on a hot sunny day. However, swimming in these areas is not risk-free. There is always a level of risk when swimming in a natural water body, whether it's on the shores of Lake Erie, jumping off a dock at a cottage or going to an NPCA beach.

Natural water bodies, such as rivers and reservoirs, are exposed to contamination from various sources. The conditions and quality of the water can change quickly due to a number of environmental factors. These factors can influence the level of bacteria in the water to the point where it increases the risk of getting sick. LEARN MORE. 


Chippawa Creek est un exemple magnifique de protection de l’environnement. Les pratiques de gestion des ressources de Conservation Niagara ont encouragé un habitat sauvage idéal en offrant un accès public rare à la rivière Welland. Les amateurs de loisirs de plein air et les naturalistes auront la possibilité de participer à de multiples activités rares dans le sud de l’Ontario.

Dils Lake, un réservoir artificiel de 10 hectares, est l’endroit idéal pour diverses activités de plein air, y compris les embarcations non motorisées, la natation et la pêche. Dils Lake a des quais de pêche accessibles aux personnes en fauteuil roulant, des sentiers, et le lac est peuplé d’une variété d’espèces de poissons incluant l’Achigan à grande bouche, la marigane et la carpe. Les activités estivales populaires incluent le camping saisonnier et temporaire, l’escalade de la piste de 1,1 km, les pique-niques, ou simplement la relaxation à l’ombre près de l’eau.



  • All visitors must register at the office prior to entering the park.
  • All campsites require a permit per vehicle (Only two vehicles per site). Permits are non-transferable. “Additional vehicle permits” are required for extra vehicle(s). The registered camper is responsible for the visitors.
  • “Excessive noise,” “discriminatory/ harassing/ abusive/ insulting language” or “disturbing others” is prohibited. Be considerate of your neighbor, and staff!
  • QUIET HOURS BEGIN AT 11PM! Radios must be off, and no extreme noise created.
  • Pets (Max: 2 per site) must always be leashed (maximum 2 meters). NO pets allowed in washrooms, showers or beach. “Noise” regulations also apply to pets.
  • Maximum number of 6 persons per campsite.
  • Alcohol & cannabis are allowed on your campsite ONLY please be courteous. Exception: during a total alcohol & cannabis ban where no alcohol & cannabis is allowed.
  • Campsites must be always kept clean. Trash must be deposited in central bins. Failure to do so is littering.
  • When vacating the campsite, visitors are required to clean up the site and dispose of trash inside of appropriate trash or recycling containers.
  • Campfires must be of reasonable size, be ALWAYS kept under adult control, and 3m away from forest or flammables. Fires must be extinguished prior to leaving the pit unattended. Fireplaces are for camping/cooking fires ONLY. Burning of trash items is littering.
  • Fireworks of any sort are prohibited.
  • Generators are only allowed for medical reasons and MUST be approved by the park superintendent prior to use.
  • Day Passes and Membership passes are valid from 8am to 8pm.
  • Maximum of 2 sleeping shelters (E.g., Tent & Trailer), and one dining tent allowed per campsite. Only one shelter may be “wheeled” or “solid wall” equipment.
  • Damage of any kind, (E.g., Growth, removal of deadwood, use of screws/ nails on trees, failure to remove rope/wire from trees, others property) or modifications to the park (Landscaping, digging, excavating, tree trimming) is strictly prohibited.
  • Gray water and sewage must be held and disposed of appropriately at the dumping station. Do not dump.
  • To protect against shoreline and slope erosion, please use the public stairs/access points to go to the beach.
  • All visitors are subject to regulations made under Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.27.

Rules/Regulations (excerpts from Ontario Regulation 123, made under the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.27). Note: This summary is for convenience only and does not include all existing rules/regulations. Further regulations are listed on O. Reg. 123; and are available for viewing at and

Campsite limitations/maximums may be amended at any time by the NPCA. Violation of any regulation, rule or policy of the NPCA may result in cancellation of permit(s), eviction from the property without refund, charges under applicable legislation, and prohibition from NPCA properties. The Authority reserves the right to deny entry/renewal.