Pack the bathing suit, sunscreen, sandals, and shades. Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach! If you’re looking to spend a fun day with family or friends, a warm and sunny beach is the perfect place. Take a dip in the cool, clean waters at Kelso Lake.

Where can I swim?


Kelso Swimming

The beach at Kelso has a designated swimming area that is lifeguard supervised.

Part of a 35-hectare lake, there is plenty of space to splash around with the kids, set up beach chairs, sunbathe on the sand, and play a game of beach volleyball. After your swim, grab a snack at the beach concession stand.

If you feel like exploring beyond the beach and swimming area, you can take a stroll along the boardwalk, try a boat rental, or go fishing.

Halton Region’s Beach Monitoring Program checks water quality at various recreational beaches including Kelso. Click here to see the current water quality conditions at Kelso.

Season: late spring and summer

Kelso Beach swimming area and snack bar moved

The supervised swimming area and snack bar at Kelso Conservation Area have been moved to the Boat Rentals area on Kelso Lake. The relocation is due to lower than normal water levels at Kelso.

The swimming area is lifeguarded, buoyed, and the water quality is good. It is smaller than the other beach area but will still provide a safe and enjoyable swimming experience at Kelso. Current view of the swimming area is below.


(posted June 30, 2016)

Water levels lower than normal at Kelso 

Due to necessary repairs and infrastructure improvements on the Kelso Dam, along with the recent lack of rainfall, and the necessity to maintain flow levels downstream of our reservoir, the water levels in Kelso Lake have been lowered significantly from annual norms.

Once again in 2016 visitors to the Kelso Conservation Area will notice lower water levels and recreational activities within the Kelso reservoir such as boating and swimming, will be impacted to some degree this summer. 

As a result of these lower water levels, the supervised swimming area and snack bar have been moved to the Boat Rentals area on Kelso Lake.

(updated June 30, 2016)