Lucan Conservation Area
Trails and conservation areas owned and/or managed by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have been reopened to limited use. Remaining closed, until further notice, are conservation area buildings and museums, playgrounds, and privies.
For current property status and updates please visit this web page:
For permitted and prohibited uses visit our Permitted Uses page:
Pictograms of permitted activities – Pending
Lucan Conservation Area
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Where is it?
Address: 5420 William Street, Lucan, Ontario
Open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.
Brochure and trail map – Link pending
Explore the Lucan Conservation Area’s one-kilometre (0.6 mile) recreational trail throughout the seasons on foot or by snowshoe. The hardwood, upland forest and flood plain provide natural interest year round.
The Lucan Conservation area is a great place for a picnic. Pack your blanket and basket and enjoy some bird watching along the shores of the Little Ausable River. Please note the picnic area at the Lucan Conservation Area is in the flood plain and subject to flooding.
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.
The Little Ausable River includes a number of native fish species.
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 is one geocache in the Lucan 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 geocaching.com to find and download coordinates and clues to find these ‘treasures’ at the Lucan 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:
Rules and Regulations
CAUTION: These are nature trails. Trail surfaces may be slippery or uneven. Be especially careful during windy, wet and icy conditions.
- Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for your preferred trail activity.
- Stay away from fast-flowing water.
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, drones, alcohol use, 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.
Please report vandalism and incidents to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
Tips to Enjoy your Visit
Be aware of the following to help you enjoy your visit.
Poison Ivy is a common, native plant in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed.
‘Leaves of three, let it be. Berries white, take flight.’ Leaves may either have smooth edges or a few coarse teeth and may appear shiny. If you come into contact with Poison Ivy wash the affected area with hot soap and water as soon as possible, launder clothes in hot water.
Habitat: Open woods, fields and roadsides, disturbed areas.
Picture of Poison Ivy – pending
Giant Hogweed is an invasive, non-native plant introduced from Asia. It has large, flat-topped to slightly dome-shaped flower (similar to Queen Anne’s Lace/Wild Carrot) and seed head and a bumpy or bristly stem. It can grow up to five metres in height.
Habitat: Roadsides, streambanks, waste areas, yards
Picture of Giant Hogweed – pending
- Giant Hogweed fact sheet – PDF file.
Stinging Nettle is from between half a metre in height to three metres tall. Stems and leaves are covered with short, stinging hairs which can cause irritation and inflammation if touched with bare skin. Flowers are in clusters with separate flowers attached by short stalks along a central stem about 1-7 centimetres long.
Picture of Stinging Nettle – Pending
Ticks are present in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed.
- Wear light-coloured clothing, so it’s easier to see ticks
- Wear closed-toed shoes
- Wear long-sleeved shirts
- Wear long pants, tucked into your socks
- Use insect repellent containing DEET
- After outdoor activity put your clothes in the dryer
Check yourself and your children:
- Behind your knees
- On your head
- In your belly button
- In your groin area
- In your underarm area
- On the back of your body – use a mirror, or ask someone to check for you
It’s a good idea to have a shower as soon as you can to wash off any ticks.
If you discover a tick on your body remove it, place the tick in a secure container and contact your local public health unit
Directions for removal can be found here:
- Ontario – Tick removal and Lyme disease
- Tick removal and Lyme disease – Huron Perth Health Unit
- Lambton Public Health: What is Lyme disease?
- Lyme disease – Middlesex-London Health Unit
Where is it?
Lucan Conservation Area, 5420 William Street, Lucan, Ontario, Canada
How do I get there?
This Google Map may help:
Why should I visit?
Lucan Conservation Area is an eight-acre property adjacent to the Little Ausable River in the McGillivray Ward of North Middlesex.
Half of the property is flood plain and the remainder is a rolling upland hardwood forest.
The Little Ausable subwatershed has a high level of stress with respect to water quality.
The property, although small, improves subwatershed health.
Lucan Conservation Area is a popular fishing destination.
How do I find out more?
Download the Lucan Conservation Area brochure:
For permitted (and prohibited) uses, please visit the 'Permitted Uses' web page at this link: