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McKeough Conservation Area


A 3 km trail winds through a forest just south of the McKeough dam. This trail goes through a
prime Carolinian forest which supports a large population of rare blue ash as well as other
uncommon trees.

Directions: The trail is located on Holt Line immediately south of the dam between Hwy. 40
and Kimball Road (Co. Road 31) north of Wallaceburg.

The grass floodway channel and treed berms make for excellent wildlife
habitats. The dam and diversion are a flood protection system for the town of Wallaceburg. It
follows the 10th concession to the St. Clair River, and occupies about 220 ha of land. Near
the dam are woodlots providing nesting and feeding sites for a wide variety of birds. Some
nesting birds include chickadees, thrashers, hawks, owls and woodpeckers.
Throughout the dam area are ungroomed trails that wind through a variety of habitat. On the
southwest side of the dam a small area has been set aside for Carolinian-type trees. Several
trees, complete with sign plates, were planted as a project of the Sydenham Field Naturalists.
This site is maintained by the Saint Clair Region Conservation Authority. The SCRCA has
several conservation parks along the Sydenham River that provide recreation, nature study,
land management, and flood control.


For more information, contact:
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority
205 Mill Pond Cr.
Strathroy, Ontario
N7G 3P9
Ph. (519) 245-3710
Website: www.scrca.on.ca/CA Trails.htm
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