Conservation Areas

Conservation Lands of the Lakehead Region

  • 2500 hectares of land owned by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
  • 8 Conservation Areas comprise half of lands
  • 3 Forest Management Properties, two of which are open to the public for recreation (Mills Block and Wishart Forest Management Properties)
  • other lands include floodplain, forest, nature reserves, office and undeveloped lands
  • estimated 282,000 visitors annually
  • Conservation Areas are used for recreation, environmental education, water management, habitat and other values
  • acquired by donations, purchase or lease
  • 5 Conservation Areas along Lake Superior (Hurkett Cove, Little Trout Bay, MacKenzie Point, Mission Island Marsh and Silver Harbour)
  • Conservation Areas may feature scenic waterfalls, rivers and lakeside settings
  • most have nature trails with easy-to-moderate terrain
  • excellent bird watching sites (including the renowned Hurkett Cove Conservation Area)
  • 2 Conservation Areas feature boat launches (Silver Harbour and Little Trout Bay)
  • fishing, canoeing, kayaking and other activities can be undertaken at some of our Conservation Areas
  • field trips by elementary, secondary and post-secondary students, as well as community groups, senior groups, etc.
  • forested areas with great opportunities to observe wildlife
  • over 28 kilometres of combined hiking trails throughout the LRCA's recreational Conservation Lands

Conservation lands serve many important roles

  • Habitat protection
  • Water management
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Conservation education

Things to remember while you enjoy our conservation lands

  • Day use only
  • No camping, overnight parking or boat mooring
  • Do not litter
  • No alcohol
  • Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times. Owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste
  • Visitors must adhere to all Conservation Area Rules & Regulations


  • Conservation Areas in the Lakehead Region are privately owned by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA). They are not City Parks or Crown Land.
  • The LRCA pays property taxes on all land owned by the Authority, including Conservation Areas.
  • The LRCA maintains the trails, parking areas, boat launches and other facilities located within our Conservation Areas without the support of Federal or Provincial funding.
  • Your purchase of an Explore Card Parking Pass or payment of the $2.00 per vehicle parking fee supports development, maintenance and improvements to the LRCA’s existing trail networks, as well as general Conservation Area maintenance and upkeep.
  • A minimum $2.00 per vehicle parking fee is recommended.

Thank you in advance for your generous support. Our Conservation Areas depend on it.