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Clinton Conservation Area

A scenic water photo at Clinton Conservation Area.

NOTICE: The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Board of Directors, at the regular board meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2023, approved the removal of the disc golf course. The closure is effective immediately.

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The Clinton Conservation Area is a beautiful day-use area that exists along the Bayfield River, located on the south side of Clinton. The Conservation Area offers a casual, two-kilometre walk, provides access for fishing, and the picnic pavilion provides shelter and is a popular place for families.

Open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.

Download the trail map and booklet now:

Where is Clinton Conservation Area?

Address: 77690 London Road, Clinton, Ontario

This Google Map link may help as well:

Recreational Trails 

Explore the Clinton Conservation Area’s two-kilometre (1.2 mile) recreational trail and travel through the successional forest, along the Bayfield River and through a White Pine plantation. Our multi-use recreational trails are accessible by foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis – weather permitting.

CAUTION: These are nature trails. Trail surfaces may be slippery or uneven. Be especially careful during windy, wet and icy conditions. 

  • Use caution and avoid trails if covered in water
  • Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for your preferred trail activity. 
  • Stay away from fast-flowing water. 

The Clinton Conservation Area is a great place for a picnic or family reunion. To book the picnic pavilion contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation for fees and details. 


Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation. Outdoor Cards and Fishing Licences can be purchased from Service Ontario and other licence issuers. Please release any fish caught out of season. 
There is a number of native species found in the Bayfield River.


Geocaching is a worldwide game of hide and seek that uses GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to help people find hidden treasures called ‘caches.’ There are five geocaches in the Clinton Conservation Area. Caches are of different sized waterproof containers and are hidden in a safe spot close to trails. They often contain a logbook and simple treasures like coins or toys inside. If you find a camouflaged cache by accident, have a look and put it back in the place you found it for others to enjoy.

Visit to find and download coordinates and clues to find these ‘treasures’ at Clinton Conservation Area. 

Interested in setting up a new geocache at an ABCA property?  Check out this fact sheet for guidelines on how to do it:

Commemorative Woods

Located on the north of the parking lot the Commemorative Woods is a place for family and friends to plant trees as a living memorial and legacy. Trees can also commemorate special occasions where a long-lasting natural tribute is appropriate. 

Visit the Commemorative Woods page for more information on how to plant a commemorative tree.

Rules and Regulations

Rules protect the environment, you and your fellow users. These rules must be followed and are be enforced under the Conservation Authorities Act and Trespass to Property Act. 

Please refer to signs and entrance kiosks for permitted and prohibited activities. 

  • The property is closed to the public between sunset and sunrise. 
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, e-bikes, horses, hunting, alcohol use, drones, fires and camping are not permitted. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash, under control, and you must clean up after your dog. Ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with vegetation or wildlife and does not interfere with others’ enjoyment.
  • Do not remove or damage plants, trees, wildlife, signs or structures. 
  • Stay on the trails and respect neighbouring landowners. 
  • Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation.  
  • Don’t litter.

For a list of permitted activities, please visit the ‘Permitted Uses’ web page at this link:

Please report vandalism and incidents to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

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