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Conservation Areas

When visiting a Conservation Area, please remember, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

You may encounter wildlife in these natural areas such as bears, foxes, coyotes, skunks, and porcupines.

Wedding at Massassuaga Point

Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground

H.R. Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre

Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management Area

Quinte Conservation Area

Quinte Conservation Area

Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground

Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground

H.R. Frink Conservation Area

Depot Lakes Conservation Area

Portland Conservation Area

Depot Lakes Conservation Area

H.R. Frink Conservation Area

Depot Lakes Conservation Area

Massassauga Point Conservation Area

H.R. Frink Conservation Area

Quinte Conservation owns 23 Conservation Areas that are open to the public.  They are open daily from dawn until dusk.  Those visiting our Conservation Areas should take only pictures and leave only footprints during their stay.  There are no garbage cans at our Conservation Areas, so please be prepared to take your garbage with you.  The only Conservation Areas with admission fees are Depot Lakes and O'Hara Mill.

Weddings and Special Events

You may hold your small *marriage ceremony or special event (such as family reunions, picnics, or photography sessions) at our Conservation Areas at no charge.  All of the rules of the Conservation Areas must be followed.  Please take your garbage and belongings back with you.  Alcohol is not allowed and pets must be leashed.  The Conservation Areas are only open from dawn until dusk.  Our Conservation Areas are public spaces, so we cannot close off a section of the Conservation Area or restrict the normal usage of other visitors.  Please email info@quinteconservation.ca if you have any further questions.

*Small marriage ceremonies are permitted at our conservations areas; however, they must adhere to the following:

  • The event cannot disrupt the use of the Conservation Area for the public.
  • Ceremonies that occupy a small area for a short period of time are permitted
  • All decorations, chairs/ benches, garbage, or other items used during the ceremony must be removed at the end of your event.
  • Structures such as party or food tents are not permitted.
  • Loud music is not permitted.
  • Alcohol is not permitted.


Geocaching is a great way to get outdoors.  Geocachers use GPS units to look for hidden caches.  You may search for and place geocaches at our Conservation Areas.  We ask that you follow the guidelines below and if you are placing a cache, please complete the application form below to get a permit to place your cache.

Quinte's Conservation Areas

Beaver Meadow Wildlife Area

This area features a large wetland that harbours wood ducks, osprey and herons.  Two short hiking trails branch off from the parking lot, each ending at a scenic observation platform overlooking the wetland.

Deerock Lake Conservation Area

This small piece of property contains a boat launch and provides public water access to Deerock Lake, a popular destination for anglers. Permits/passes may be obtained from the attendant on duty (in season—from mid-June to Labour Day). This area also provides access to the Elzevir Peatlands Conservation Reserve, which has some opportunities for camping.

Depot Lakes Conservation Area and Campground

Depot Lakes Conservation Area is nestled in the heart of the Land o’ Lakes tourist region, just north of Verona. Second, This Conservation Area offers some of the best fishing in eastern Ontario. This is our only Conservation Area that offers camping.  The trails are closed each year from mid-October to mid-November during hunting season.

Flinton Conservation Area

Embracing the scenic Skoottamatta River at the western limits of Flinton, this small 2 hectare (5 acre) Conservation Area contains the Flinton Dam.

Harry Smith Conservation Area

The area includes a small pond, originally created to move logs into a log mill that was located on the property in the 1800s, near the outlet of the pond. Two picnic tables are located on the grounds, and area residents have planted flowers around a commemorative plaque.  There are no maintained trails at this Conservation Area.

H.J. McFarland Conservation Area

This area provides a panoramic view of the Bay of Quinte and the escarpments and bluffs that grace its shoreline. Picnic tables and a boat launch with docking facilities is available.

H.R. Frink Conservation Area and Outdoor Education Centre

Parts of the Wetland Ecology Boardwalk are closed for repair and maintenance work.
Access to the boardwalk is available from the Link Trail.

Local school boards operate this outdoor education centre, visited by 15,000 students a year.  The Conservation Area is also open to the public. A highlight is the 500-metre Wetland Ecology Boardwalk.

Kingsford Conservation Area

Attractively situated this small property provides access to the Salmon River.  It is also a nice spot for a picnic.

Little Bluff Conservation Area

Rich in natural features, this conservation area, located atop a 20 metre high limestone bluff, commands a panoramic view of Prince Edward Bay. Take the pathway to the cobblestone beach below and view the high bluff from a different perspective.

Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area

Macaulay Mountain is a favourite destination for hikers and picnickers. There is plenty to see here from famed Birdhouse City with its over 100 miniature reproductions of local buildings, to the Whattam’s Memorial Walkway. There are 20 km of trails, including biking trails.

Massassauga Point Conservation Area

This Conservation Area features a small globally rare Burr Oak Savannah. There are 4 km of fairly easy trails.  When hiking the trails you can see the remains of a wharf and an abandoned limestone quarry.

Napanee Conservation Area

Located along the  Napanee River in downtown Napanee, this Conservation Area features a boardwalk that extends east from along the river to the Springside Park Dam. The docking facilities make this area very popular for boaters.

Newburgh Conservation Area

This Conservation Area contains a ball field, skateboard area and playground equipment that is managed and maintained by the Township of Stone Mills. it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic, with several thoughtfully located picnic tables. The two small waterfalls are highlight of any visit to this site.

O'Hara Mill Homestead and Conservation Area

This is truly an area where nature meets history. Explore the relatively short hiking trail and enjoy a peek of the area’s plants and animals while also catching glimpses of the area’s past. The village complex contains eight historic buildings, five of them original structures.  The trails and grounds are open year-round from dawn to dusk.  Please chek the O'Hara Mill website for operating hours of the pioneer village.

Portland Conservation Area

Conveniently located just off Hwy. 38 south of verona, Portland Conservation Area offers almost 23 hectares (56 acres) for picnics and relaxation.For canoeing enthusiasts, a short portage guides you to the shore of Hambly Lake. The trails are enjoyable in any season, but are truly spectacular when the fall colours are in full display.

Potter's Creek Conservation Area

The home base for Quinte Conservation, this area offers an abundance of recreational opportunities. Trails wind through this former farm, past fragrant orchards, open meadows and scenic woodlands. The park area at the mouth of Potter’s Creek overlooking the Bay of Quinte provides a great starting point for canoeists, kayakers and windsurfers.

Price Conservation Area

The Price Conservation Area provides a perfect setting for family picnics on a hot summer day. Situated along the Skootamatta River, the area is rich in flora and fauna.

Rutherford Stevens Lookout

This small Conservation Area offers a large viewing deck with a spectacular view of Smith’s Bay and Waupoos Island, with Prince Edward Bay and Prince Edward Point lying just beyond.

Sheffield Conservation Area

Spectacular granite outcroppings, deciduous forests and extensive wetlands typify this area of the Canadian Shield.  During wet seasons not all of the trail is accessible.

Sidney Conservation Area

Trails at Sidney Conservation Area are currently being redesigned and re-routed.  Maps below are not up to date. Hike at your own risk until trail maps are updated and trails are marked.

Two small branches of Chrysal Creek cross the Conservation Area and provide an interesting feature to the trail. Hiking the trail is a pleasant experience as it traverses open areas, mixed forests and areas influenced by natural plant succession.



Vanderwater Conservation Area

Trails at Vanderwater Conservation Area are currently being redesigned and re-routed.  Maps below are not up to date. Hike at your own risk until trail maps are updated and trails are marked.

This lovely outdoor spot is located on the Moira River, where the water cascades over a series of limestone steps. The 15 km of trails explore a wide range of natural environments from mature cedar forests in the low lying areas to hardwood and coniferous forests that cover the slopes and high ground. The Conservation Area is a popular destination each winter for cross-country skiers.

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