Hurkett Cove Conservation Area, located on Black Bay in the Township of Dorion, is a naturalists paradise. The area is excellent for botanizing, picnicking on the sandy beach or canoeing along the shore. A new pavilion with picnic tables and interpretive displays were built in 2001-02.
The trail follows the spit out into Black Bay that forms Hurkett Cove in Cranberry Bay. This is one of the best waterfowl staging areas on Lake Superior. The annual Dorion Birding Festival includes Hurkett Cove on its itinerary in May for the festival.
In 2005, Andy Bezener of "Birds Ontario" selected Hurkett Cove as one of the top birding sites in Ontario.
See songbirds along the trail, raptors overhead, and waterfowl and shorebirds in the Cove or along the Black Bay shore.
The Hurkett Cove Trail is managed by the Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority (LRCA) at a semi-passive state. This means that the trail is brushed roughly 3 times a year and upon complaint or when staff is in the area. Maintenance records are kept. There is a Management Plan for the property which will be undergoing a review in the near future. LRCA will put a higher priority on its review in light of possible future partnerships with the NMCA.
The LRCA has all of their trails listed on their website (http://lakeheadca.com/) and maps of the trail with driving directions are listed. No other printed materials exist.
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