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Conestogo River
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Conestogo River in Mapleton, Ontario
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Location of the mouth of the Conestogo River in southern Ontario
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Southwestern Ontario
Regional municipality/County
  • Waterloo Region
  • Wellington County
Physical characteristics
Main source field
Wellington North, Wellington County
492 m (1,614 ft)
43°57′28″N 80°30′15″W / 43.95778°N 80.50417°W / 43.95778; -80.50417
River mouth Grand River
Woolwich, Waterloo Region
311 m (1,020 ft)
43°32′18″N 80°29′11″W / 43.53833°N 80.48639°W / 43.53833; -80.48639
Basin features
River system Lake Erie Basin

The Conestogo River is a river in Waterloo Region and Wellington County in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The river was named by Mennonite settlers after the Conestoga River in Pennsylvania. In the 1800s there were several different spellings of the name of the river and of the nearby settlement of Conestogo, Ontario but the name ending in "o" became official.

It is in the Lake Erie Basin and joins the Grand River as a right tributary at the community of Conestogo.

A dam built on the river for flood control formed Conestogo Lake, which covers an area of about 23 square kilometres (8.9 sq mi). A conservation area operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority is located on this lake.

Natural history

Fish species in the river include brown trout, pike, smallmouth bass, perch, walleye and carp.

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