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
DID YOU KNOW?
- 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 of its 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.
- Funds raised through the purchase of Explore Cards and payment of the $2.00 per vehicle parking fee also support the LRCA’s Environmental Education and Stewardship programming.
- A minimum $2.00 per vehicle parking fee is recommended.