Rockwood Conservation

Rockwood, Ontario

The Rockwood conservation area is a beautifully unique site; glacial potholes, limestone cliffs, old ruins and calm waters attract a large number of visitors annually. Canoeing and Kayaking are among the most popular activities in the conservation area. You can bring your own craft and put it in at the end of the beach or at the Harris Mill Ruins. Anglers can expect to catch brown trout, bullheads, carp, large and smallmouth bass. There is a sandy beach area marked with buoys to indicate shallow swimming waters. The beach is not supervised by lifeguards. Hiking trails can be accessed from the beach and mill ruins.

Photo by: Alex Getaldic

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 31st, 2022. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 22nd, 2022 at 1:38 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Rockwood Conservation is sampled bi-weekly from May 20th to September 5th.

Source Information

In 2017, Public Health Units with Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) beaches in their jurisdiction, in consultation with the conservation authority, reviewed the GRCA beach management program and made the decision to discontinue water quality testing by public health units at GRCA beaches.

These beaches are located within three health units in Waterloo Region, Brant County and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

GRCA will continue sampling every two weeks in the months of July and August and post results, along with the amount of rain fallen, on the GRCA website (https://apps.grandriver.ca/beachconditions/public/beachconditions.aspx). Swim Guide checks this website whenever sample information is updated during the swimming season.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

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Rockwood Conservation

Rockwood, Ontario

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on August 31st, 2022. Swim Drink Fish Canada - Great Lakes Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 22nd, 2022 at 1:38 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

The Rockwood conservation area is a beautifully unique site; glacial potholes, limestone cliffs, old ruins and calm waters attract a large number of visitors annually. Canoeing and Kayaking are among the most popular activities in the conservation area. You can bring your own craft and put it in at the end of the beach or at the Harris Mill Ruins. Anglers can expect to catch brown trout, bullheads, carp, large and smallmouth bass. There is a sandy beach area marked with buoys to indicate shallow swimming waters. The beach is not supervised by lifeguards. Hiking trails can be accessed from the beach and mill ruins.

Photo by: Alex Getaldic

Monitoring Frequency

Rockwood Conservation is sampled bi-weekly from May 20th to September 5th.

Source Information

In 2017, Public Health Units with Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) beaches in their jurisdiction, in consultation with the conservation authority, reviewed the GRCA beach management program and made the decision to discontinue water quality testing by public health units at GRCA beaches.

These beaches are located within three health units in Waterloo Region, Brant County and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph.

GRCA will continue sampling every two weeks in the months of July and August and post results, along with the amount of rain fallen, on the GRCA website (https://apps.grandriver.ca/beachconditions/public/beachconditions.aspx). Swim Guide checks this website whenever sample information is updated during the swimming season.

In Swim Guide, a beach is marked Green when the geometric mean of at least 5 samples is below 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and each individual sample concentration is below 400 E.coli / 100mL. A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above a geometric mean of 200 E.coli / 100 mL water and/or 400 E.coli / 100 mL. A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

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Water Quality Graph

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