Lake Niapenco, Hamilton

Trip Rating: 3.5/5

The Lake Niapenco reservoir in Binbrook (in the southern end of Hamilton) is the largest inland Lake in the Niagara District. The lake is popular with fishermen, Boarder Pass Wake-boarders and swimmers. The lake was formed after completion of the dam that was built in 1971. Like many others in Ontario, the dam was built to augment the summer water flow in the (Welland) river and to provide seasonal flood control.

While the Lake itself isn’t the most interesting or spectacular, it is reasonably safe, and convenient for people in the Hamilton area. In the fall when the sun sets early, it is the perfect place to sneak in a paddle.


Launch Sites:

There is dedicated parking with a dock at the launch. It never seems to get that busy with boaters. There is a washroom and rentals nearby.

To find this location, enter 5050 Harrison Rd, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0, Canada, Canada into Google Maps.


Trip Length:

The lake is approximately 3.5km across and will take approximately 1.5 hours to go from one end to the other and back.

The scenery is mostly Carolinian trees and farmland.
The shoreline of the lake .
There is a hiking trail that winds through the trees.
There are a few small islands and other things to look at.
Pickerel Island from a distance.
Pickerel Island


The far end of the lake. We parked to boats to see what was over the hill.

There was another small pond. Too small to kayak but pretty neat to see.

Cost: $6 per person.

Difficulty: The lake is usually pretty calm. It gets pretty busy in the summer with fishing and swimming. Please be careful and use the right gear when paddling.