Selwyn Beach Conservation Area


Selwyn Beach Conservation Area is located on the northeast shore of Chemong Lake and is best known for its excellent swimming provided by a gently sloping sandy beach. The conservation area also offers a boat launch and docking facility, a large picnic shelter, group camping area and hiking trails.


2251 Birch Island Rd, Selwyn, ON K0L 2H0
Latitude 44.472831, Longitude -78.344981


For more info about this conservation area please contact Otonabee Conservation:
Phone: 705-745-5791


May to October | 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
November to April | 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

No access permitted outside posted times.
Access to this conservation area is open Year Round.
Main gate is locked from Mid-October to Mid-May.


Day Use | FREE



There is no overnight camping at Selwyn Beach Conservation Area.
Group camping is not available.
Fires are not permitted.


Picnickers will enjoy the convenience of the picnic shelter, with central barbecue and tables, washrooms, and change houses located near the beach area.

To reserve the picnic shelter at Selwyn Beach Conservation Area, please contact staff at Warsaw Caves Conservation Area at 705-652-3161 or 1-877-816-7604. 

The use of alcohol is not permitted at picnic facilities.


The gently sloping sandy beach and swimming area offer a great way to cool down on hot, sunny days. Parents and caregivers are advised that the beach and swimming area are not supervised. Sorry, no dogs allowed on the beach.

Beach sampling testing results from Peterborough Public Health


Boat launching and docking facilities at Selwyn Beach Conservation Area provide access to Chemong Lake, which is on the Kawartha Lakes and Trent Severn Waterway for those who enjoy recreational boating. There is no charge to launch your boat or to use the boat dock.


The variety of fish at Selwyn Beach Conservation Area includes perch, sunfish and smallmouth bass.

All Ontario residents between 18 and 65 years of age require a fishing licence to legally fish in Ontario waters. There is an exception to this rule is the licence –free period during Ontario Family Fishing Events.

For details on how and where to purchase a fishing licence, please visit the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

All anglers should be familiar with the provincial fishing regulations, which define seasons, catch limits on various species of fish and other matters. Refer to the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources for more information.

River flows can change throughout the season along the rivers and streams within the Otonabee Region watershed. Anglers need to be aware of the changes because, as flows increase, the waterways can become dangerous. Also, please be aware of where you are fishing in relation to Otonabee Conservation water control structures (dams, weirs).


Selwyn Beach Conservation Area offers approximately 3km of hiking trails with natural scenic views, making the property an ideal destination for nature viewing. The property has a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems to explore.

ATVs are not allowed on site.

  • Children Swimming at Selwyn Beach