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The CRCA covers an area from Greater Napanee to Brockville to Newboro. Our programs include water management, environmental planning, forestry, habitat protection, conservation education and outdoor recreation.

The CRCA owns more than 4,000 hectares of conservation land, some of which is open to the public for recreational use. This includes six developed conservation areas, a multi-use trail, boat ramps, water access points and forest properties. Other lands have been bought to help manage water or to protect sensitive natural habitat.

What You'll See

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area

4649 Debruge Road, Elizabethtown ON

  • 532 hectares located at the north end of Brockville. It has 11 km of hiking and groomed ski trails, picnic areas and picnic shelter, 2 canoe access areas, a skating rink and school programs for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Lyn Valley Conservation Area 

156 Lyn Valley Road, Lyn ON (Northwest of Brockville)

  • Located in the village of Lyn, this 11 hectare conservation area is a popular local swimming spot with a small spring-fed lake located in a former gravel pit. It includes a sand beach, change rooms, picnic areas and a short hiking trail.

Cataraqui Trail

  • The Cataraqui Trail is a 104 km long shared-use recreation trail located on a former rail line that runs from Strathcona (near Napanee) to Smiths Falls. Permitted uses include cycling, hiking and horseback riding in the spring, summer and fall and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (current OFSC permit required) in the winter. The Trail is run and maintained by volunteers and supported by donations and memberships. We encourage all users to purchase an annual $25 membership.

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

1641 Perth Road, Glenburnie ON

  • This 394 hectare property in Kingston has 14 km of hiking trails – 13 km groomed for cross-country skiing, Kingston’s largest natural ice skating rink, skis, skates, snowshoes, canoes and kayaks for rent, Maple Madness – a demonstration sugar bush program and school programs and public programs at the Outdoor Centre.

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

1441 Coverdale Drive, Kingston ON

  • On Collins Bay in Kingston, this 136 hectare site has 11 km of hiking and ski trails, picnic areas, a stone beach for swimming and wading and some trails, picnic areas and privies are handicapped accessible

Gould Lake Conservation Area

1540 Gould Lake Road, Sydenham ON

  • Located north of Sydenham this 589 hectare wilderness has 20 km of rugged hiking trails, a picnic area, a beach and swimming area, and canoe and kayak rentals.