Ron Reid Nature Reserve
The Ron Reid Nature Reserve is one of the Conservancy's wildest and most remote reserve. If you've been, you know that access through the Black River Road takes extra care to drive, but the rewards are great, excellent paddling and a stunning hiking trail.
This remoteness also means that the road can only be accessed seasonally. Once the snow flies, the Black River Road from Lewisham Lane east to Victoria Falls Bridge is maintained as a snowmobile trail (Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Trail 209). This means the snow on the road is actively groomed for snowmobiles and is NOT plowed for vehicle access. From March 1 to May 15 the City of Kawartha Lakes closes the same stretch of road for the spring melt. Do NOT drive your vehicle on Black River Road east of Lewisham Lane from November/December (whenever the first snowfall is) to May 15. If you get your vehicle stuck on the road during this period, a tow truck will NOT be able to access the road to tow you. You can still access the road by foot or ski in winter but beware of fast-moving snowmobiles and be prepared for backcountry conditions and poor cell reception.
If you're itching to do some winter hiking in the area, check out our trail systems on Adams Nature Reserve, Alexander Hope Smith Nature Reserve, or TC Agnew Nature Reserve.