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Big Bend Conservation Area

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Big Bend Conservation Area

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ALCOHOL BAN MAY 18 – 21, 2018

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

  Thames River

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MacKay Pay

Conservation Authority Introduces New Smart Phone Payment Method – LTVCA Using Mackay Pay Phone App at Sharon Creek and Big Bend Conservation Areas

Ways to Pay and/or obtain your Parking or 2018 Day Use Permit (Season’s Pass to other LTVCA Conservation Areas including C.M. Wilson and Longwoods Road):

Day Use – $4 / day

Season’s Pass (year pass to other LTVCA Conservation Areas) – $50

 

Payment Options:

Using your smart phone download the MacKay Pay App

Day Use Parking  – Enter Zone 3024 for Big Bend Conservation Area and select day use or Season’s Pass

Camping – Enter Zone 3023 for Big Bend Conservation Area

Without smart phone dial 1-844-334-7078

Pay by web:  www.mackaypay.com

 

Enforcement:

Area closed for day use after dark

Patrols are made by LTVCA and Municipal Enforcement Unit staff (MEU) on a regular basis

These fees help us maintain the Conservation Area and provide upgrades to facilities

LTVCA administration office phone (519) 354-7310 or ltvca.ca

 

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.  Campground open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.  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.  Campsites and a serviced washroom building with showers are open Victoria Day Weekend in May 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.

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General Inquiries: info@ltvca.ca

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

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    ALCOHOL BAN MAY 18 – 21, 2018

    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.

    Check out our latest YouTube video clip of C.M. Wilson Conservation Area!

    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.

    Conservation Areas Fee Schedule 2018

    Download C.M. Wilson Conservation Area Brochure

    Directions

    C.M. Wilson Conservation Area is located at 21799 Fargo Road. Located 8.5 km south of Chatham.  Take Communications Road south, after going over Hwy. 401 turn right (west) onto Horton Road, cross railroad tracks, turn right (north) onto Fargo Road and travel 1 km to the entrance.)

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

     

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    Features

    interior of barn pavilion with twinky lights

    Barn Pavilion Rental available.

     

    pond at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

    Beautiful Day Use areas.


     

    Canoe and Bicycle Use Information

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    Canoes available ‘free’ for day users and campers!  See details below for use.

     

    bike rentals at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area

    Bikes available ‘free’ for day users and campers!  See details below for use.

     

    Canoe & Bicycle Use Information

    • > Canoes and Bicycles can be used free of charge for campers and day use visitors.
    • > Canoes & Bicycles available from 8:30am- 4:30pm Monday- Thursday.
    • > Canoes & Bicycles available from 9:00am- 7:00pm Friday & Saturday \ 9:00am-5:00pm on Sundays
    • > You can only borrow a canoe or bicycle for a maximum of one hour.
    • > You must provide your Day Use Permit number, Season Day Use Permit number, or Camping Permit receipt number.
    • > All safety equipment will be provided for you.

     

    When borrowing a canoe you must:

    • > Abide by all regulations set out by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority
    • > Stay within the pond
    • > Wear a provided PFD
    • > Sign a canoe rental consent form
    • > Provide a valid Driver’s License number

     

    There is no registration for canoes or bicycles. It is first come first serve.

    Instructions

    • > Ensure you have your Day Use Permit or Camping Permit receipt number ready.
    • > Monday- Friday 8:30am- 4:30pm Call – (519) 354-7310
    • > Saturday 9:00am- 7:00pm Call – (519) 358-6214
    • > Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm Call – (519) 358-6214
    • > Public Holidays 8:30am- 4:30pm Call –(519) 358-6214

     

    Camping

    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
    519 354-8184 C.M. Wilson Conservation Area Workshop.

    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:  519-354-8184

    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 2018

    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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