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Conservation Areas

Rock Glen Conservation Area
Conservation Areas of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) properties, including conservation areas and trails, are open for public use. 

For a list of permitted uses and prohibited uses click on ‘Permitted and Prohibited Uses’ at the link below:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation has nine conservation areas where you can enjoy nature and stay active and learn about how to protect soil, water, and living things. 

These areas have trails and parking lots. Some have privies. They are open year-round but there is no winter maintenance and most parking lots are not maintained in the winter

To learn more about conservation areas and plan your next visit, please click:

The ABCA owns thousands of acres of environmentally significant lands which are mostly forested. There is no formal trail system but people are welcome to visit for nature appreciation. 

For information on all conservation lands (including conservation areas) visit:

The Arkona Lions Museum and Information Centre is renovating its display and hopes to reopen in 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to the new, improved museum. Watch for notices of grand re-opening celebration activities in 2021.

Conservation areas owned by ABCA are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.

Ausable River Cut Conservation Area

This 13-hectare (32-acre) roadside park on the Ausable Cut offers hikers a challenging two-kilometre (1.2 mile) loop trail over a high sand dune – easy short-cuts are available. A shorter 0.5 km (0.3 mile) loop has a Children’s Story Walk installed in partnership with Lambton Country Library.

Learn more about Ausable River Cut Conservation Area 

Bannockburn Conservation Area

Bannockburn Conservation Area is home to six different natural communities.

Bannockburn Conservation Area offers 1.9 kilometres (1.2 miles) of hiking. 

Learn more about Bannockburn Conservation Area

 Clinton Conservation Area

Located on the south side of Clinton, this two-kilometre (1.2 mile) loop trail offers a pleasant walk along the Bayfield River. A picnic pavilion provides shelter and a popular place for families.

Learn more about Clinton Conservation Area

Crediton Conservation Area

This small conservation area is perfect for a picnic and features an off-leash dog park. 

Learn more about Crediton Conservation Area

L-Lake Management Area

Explore the Oak Savanna and dunes in L-Lake Management Area along the 1.5 km (1 mile) hiking trail. This trail connects with the Forested Dunes Nature Reserve Trail, Lambton Heritage Forest, and the Ausable River Cut Conservation Area. 

Learn more about L-Lake Management Area

L-Lake Management Area is at 7101 Outer Drive, Port Franks, Ontario.

It is number #17 on the map:

Lucan Conservation Area

Enjoy a short walk through upland hardwood forests and fishing in the Little Ausable River. 

Learn more about Lucan Conservation Area

Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA)

The Morrison Dam Trail offers four kilometres (2.5 miles) of walking and connects to the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail forming an eight-kilometre (five-mile) loop. 

Learn more about Morrison Dan Conservation Area

Parkhill Conservation Area

Parkhill Conservation Area – Scenic Lookout and Boat Launch

The Parkhill Reservoir is the perfect spot for boating (non-motorized) and fishing.

Learn more about Parkhill Conservation Area 

Rock Glen Conservation Area (RGCA)

Experience this unique gem in the Ausable River Watershed. Search for fossils, enjoy the waterfall, hike the gorge, and visit the museum. 

Learn more about Rock Glen Conservation Area

Zurich Conservation Area

Located behind the baseball diamonds, the Zurich Conservation Area features a picnic pavilion.

Learn more about Zurich Conservation Area:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) conservation area properties are considered islands of nature for visitors to appreciate and explore.

Click on the links to some of the conservation areas in this watershed.

Our management areas are forested tracts that were purchased for preservation and protection of source areas, flood plain areas, and environmentally significant areas and as such are not as publicly accessible.

Use of conservation areas or other conservation lands is permitted in daytime hours only.

Please be aware of uses that are permitted and uses that are prohibited in conservation areas and conservation lands. Visit the permitted uses page now at this link: