535 Jones Road
Wellington, Ohio 44090

Entrance to Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation

Welcome to the Wellington Reservation home page. This 550 acre park was developed in 2005 through collaboration between the Metro Parks and the Village of Wellington and provides opportunities for hiking, biking, strolling, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.







The Day-Use Area

The Day-Use Area at Amherst Beaver Creek ReservationVisitor Center at the day-use area

Perched on the edge of the Wellington South Reservoir, the Wellington Visitor Center provides views of the lake from two levels. The second level is ideal for viewing art shows as well as the landscape and can be accessed by stair or a wheelchair lift. The lower entry level features a large meeting room with windows that overlook the water, an attractive stone fireplace, kitchenette and high ceiling – a perfect location for your group or family function. Call (440) 647-2509 to reserve the room.


Shelter and Playground at Amherst Beaver Creek ReservationLoop Trail


The Loop Trails

Over 4 miles of paved and crushed stone trails meander through the Wellington Reservation’s grassland fields and wetland habitats. The loop trail system can be used for non-motorized activity and is wheel chair and stroller accessible.  Each loop highlights a different section of the park providing visitors with a variety of vistas across the lake, from atop an elevated observation mound, and throughout the intermittent wetlands in the grassland prairies. There are also equestrian trails open for use as well.


Shelter and Playground at Amherst Beaver Creek ReservationPaddle Boats on the South Resevoir

Wellington South Resevoir

After a hike on the trail, take a paddle on the water! The 21-plus acre lake formed by the Wellington South Reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing. Memorial Day through Labor Day you can explore the open water and the inlets of the lake on a four-person pontoon paddle boat free of charge. A valid driver’s license is required and lifejackets are provided. Visitors may bring their own non-gas motorized fishing boat and drop a line or two. 107 million gallons to hold a few Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and a whole lot of Bluegill. Park closes at sunset – night fishing is not permitted.


Dedication at Amherst Beaver Creek ReservationWetlands at Wellington Reservation

The development of Wellington Reservation has been made possible by a cooperative partnership between the Lorain County Metro Parks, the Village of Wellington and governmental funding of wetland mitigation projects. This partnership has enabled the Park District to increase the access of the reservation to the neighboring community, to install a trail system for multiple activity use, maintain recreational opportunities attributed to the reservoir lake, and construct a visitor center for the use and enjoyment of all visitors to the park.



Dedication at Amherst Beaver Creek ReservationKayakers on the Wellington Reservoir


Explore the Southern Wellington Reservoir with paddleboats offered at Lorain County Metro Parks' Wellington Reservation, Memorial Day through Labor Day, Monday, Tuesday and Friday through Sunday, 10am - 6pm. Closed Wednesday and Thursday.

Visitors will be able to explore the reservoir on one of four paddleboats that will be available from 10am-6pm Friday through Tuesday. Each paddle boat can hold four people and is free of charge to use. The paddleboats are available on a first come first serve basis and have a time limit of 2 hours. All passengers on the boats must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket, which is provided. Call (440) 647-2509 for more information.


The kayak livery at the Wellington Reservoir is open Sundays and Wednesdays during the months of July, August, and September from 9am to 2pm. Kayak rentals are first come, first serve and are $15/hour for a single kayak and $25/hour for a tandem kayak. Persons 18 years of age and younger must have an adult participating with them.

A kayak launch is available for use on the north end of the reservoir off of Jones Road.




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8am – Sunset daily
April 1st - October 31st

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8am - 4:30pm daily
November 1st to March 31st