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Big Bend Conservation Area

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Big Bend Conservation Area

For information contact info@ltvca.ca or call 519-264-1500.

Conservation Areas Fee Schedule 2017

Download brochure for Big Bend Conservation Area

This 16 hectare property was acquired by the Lower Thames Conservation Authority in 1964. Immediately north of the conservation area, a 20 hectare field also owned by the LTVCA, is leased out on an annual basis as agricultural land.

Check out this video clip of Big Bend Conservation Area.  

No Hunting. 

Conservation Areas are NOT off-leash dog parks. ALL DOGS AND PETS MUST BE LEASHED. UNLEASHED PETS ARE A FINEABLE OFFENCE. CLEAN-UP AFTER YOUR PET! Section 10.-(2) and (3) Under the Conservation Authorities Act.

Directions
The address for Big Bend Conservation Area is 21239 Big Bend Road. It is located on the Thames River, just east of the Village of Wardsville, in the Municipality of Southwest Middlesex. Follow Middlesex County Road 2 east from Wardsville, and take Big Bend Road 3 km south.

Coordinates
Lat/Long 42.644, -81.705 UTM 442235, 4721535

Features
An archaeological site located here was shared by hunting and gathering Native people over 3,000 years ago.

Also located here are a boat launch to the Thames River which is a Canadian Heritage River, Memorial Forest, picnic shelter with tables and open space for sports and games.  Areas for hiking, and fishing for yellow perch and pickerel.

Group and family camping.  No reservations are necessary, but fees are collected on a regular basis.  For camping fees click here.  There are approximately 26 sites – 6 with hydro and water and 4 with hydro, and the rest are unserviced.  A serviced washroom building with showers is open mid-April to mid-October.  There is NO dumping station.

For information contact info@ltvca.ca or call 519-264-1500.

The park is open for dayuse from 8 a.m. to sunset year-round, free of charge.
General Inquiries: info@ltvca.ca

Big Bend boat launch

Boat Launch

Natural Features
Yellow perch and pickerel are found in the Thames River. Big Bend is an effective use of floodplain lands along the Thames River. Carolinian Life Zone tree species are found here along one of the largest meanders of the Thames River.

 

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Address
21239 Big Bend Road
Southwest-Middlesex
Ontario


Canada


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  • C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

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    C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

    The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority acquired this 30 hectare property in 1967. The park was named after a former Chair of the Board of Directors, Clarence Michael Wilson.

    General public day use visitors please pay admission at the Pay and Display machine located at the entrance to the park – coin or credit card only.  Display ticket on vehicle dashboard.  Thank you for supporting this conservation area!  

    Note:  Camping, pre-booked education program and other program/facility rental fees different fee schedule.

    Are Lower Thames Valley Conservation Areas (parks) free in 2017?

    Conservation Areas Fee Schedule 2017

    Download C.M. Wilson Conservation Area Brochure

    Directions

    As of April 18th the Hwy 40 overpass will be out of commission, being demolished with a new overpass rebuilt in its place, hopefully completed by November.  C.M. Wilson Conservation Area is located at 21799 Fargo Road. Located 8.5 km south of Chatham. Here are the alternate directions while construction is underway:  To get to the CM Wilson Conservation Area for day use or camping purposes from the 401, take the Bloomfield exit and head south on Bloomfield Road.  Turn left onto 8th Line (Eighth Line).  When you get to the stop sign, turn right onto Charing Cross Road and head south.  Turn left onto Horton Line, then left onto Fargo Road just before the railway tracks.  Go to the end of Fargo Road and CM Wilson Conservation Area is on the right hand side.

    alternate driving directions to C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

    Coordinates
    Lat/Long 42.375, -82.107 UTM 408840, 4692030

    Features

    interior of barn pavilion with twinky lights

    Barn Pavilion Rental available.

     

    pond at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

    Beautiful Day Use areas.

     

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    Canoe Rentals available.

     

    bike rentals at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

    Bike Rentals available.

     

    Camp at one of 100 sites, available with hydro, hydro and water, or unserviced. Two group camp sites are also available for larger groups. Sites are available for nightly, weekly, and monthly rates. There are also sites available for season-long camping, with availability to store trailer on seasonal site over winter. For camping fees click here.  Washroom facilities are fully serviced with showers.

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    Picnic tables are available throughout the park and organized groups can book the pavilion, or hold special events year-round in our rustic barn (see photo above), from family gatherings, to weddings, to school functions. Enjoy the new children’s adventure playground, new outdoor class room, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and nature trails. Most facilities are wheelchair accessible.

    Soft drinks, snack foods, and assorted supplies are available for purchase at the gatehouse.

    Other key features include:


    General Inquiries:

    info@ltvca.ca
    519 354-7310 year-round
    519 351-3919 summer gatehouse (Please leave a message if closed).

     

    When Are We Open?

    Day Use:  Year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. This is a Pay & Display park, machine for parking permit purchase is located at the gatehouse.

    Campground:  Open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving

    Reservations:  519-351-3919

     

    Gatehouse / Park Store / Rentals:

    (Victoria Day weekend – Last Friday of June)

    Friday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     

    (Last weekend in June – Labour Day)

    Monday to Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Friday 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

     

    Natural Features
    McKinlay Woodlands Memorial Forest is located in the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area. Hundreds of trees are planted in memory of loved ones every year, supported by McKinlay Funeral Homes Ltd.
    Enjoy canoeing, fishing, or the scenic view of the man-made lake, a small Carolinian forest, and natural wetland area. There are also nature trails throughout the park, showcasing nature and wildlife.

    No Hunting.

    Conservation Areas are NOT off-leash dog parks. ALL DOGS AND PETS MUST BE LEASHED. UNLEASHED PETS ARE A FINEABLE OFFENCE. CLEAN-UP AFTER YOUR PET! Section 10.-(2) and (3) Under the Conservation Authorities Act.

    CM Wilson Conservation Area is also home to the Chatham-Kent Children’s Safety Village.

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    Address
    21799 Fargo Road
    Blenheim
    Ontario


    Canada


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  • E.M. Warwick Conservation Area

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    E.M. Warwick Conservation Area

    Conservation Areas Fee Schedule 2017

    E.M. Warwick Conservation Area Map

    This 14 hectare property was acquired in 1974 by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority. It was named after the owner who donated the site to the Rotary Club in 1956. The area was operated by the local service club as a youth camp and continues to serve in this capacity as a conservation area.

    The staircase to the beach has been removed as well as the bridge at the bottom of the ravine because they were unsafe and beyond repair.  A walking trail will replace these structures as time permits to develop.  

    No Hunting. 

    Conservation Areas are NOT off-leash dog parks. ALL DOGS AND PETS MUST BE LEASHED. UNLEASHED PETS ARE A FINEABLE OFFENCE. CLEAN-UP AFTER YOUR PET! Section 10.-(2) and (3) Under the Conservation Authorities Act.

    Directions
    E.M.Warwick Conservation Area is located at 26135 Warwick Line on the north shore of Lake Erie between Wallacetown and Eagle in the Municipality of West Elgin. Follow Talbot Trail (Hwy 3) east from Eagle, take McKillop Side Road south for 3 km. E. M. Warwick Conservation Area is located to the east off of Warwick Line.

    Coordinates
    Lat/Long 42.571, -81.530 UTM 456470, 4713270

    Features
    There is a main hall that has picnic tables, a serviced washroom with a shower, and a kitchen. Group camping is available with four cabins. Camping reservations are necessary.  For camping and facility rental fees click here.

    The staircase to the beach has been removed as well as the bridge at the bottom of the ravine because they were unsafe and beyond repair.  A walking trail will replace these structures as time permits to develop.  

    Tel: 519-354-7310 or Email: info@ltvca.ca. Winter use is available.

    Natural Features
    E.M.Warwick Conservation Area is located on the north shore of Lake Erie. Wooded Carolinian forests and ravines, streams and open space support abundant wildlife.

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    Address
    26135 Warwick Line
    West Elgin
    Ontario


    Canada


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