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Ausable River Cut Conservation Area

Visit Ausable River Cut Conservation Area.

Trails and conservation areas owned and/or managed by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) were reopened to limited use.

Remaining closed, until further notice, are conservation area buildings and museums, playgrounds, washrooms and privies. 

For current property status and updates please visit this web page:

For permitted and prohibited uses visit our Permitted Uses page:

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Ausable River Cut Conservation Area (ARCA)

Permitted Uses – Pictogram – Ausable River Cut Conservation Area – Pending

Where is it?

Address: 9984 Northville Crescent, Thedford, Ontario

Open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.

Brochure and trail map – Pending 

Recreational Trails

Explore the Ausable River Cut’s one-kilometre (0.6-mile) recreational trail and travel through the Oak Savanna and dunes. Our multi-use recreational trails are accessible by foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis – weather permitting.

NOTE: Trails may be subject to flooding. Use caution and avoid trails if covered in water. 

Fishing

Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation. 

Outdoor Cards and Fishing Licences can be purchased from Service Ontario and other licence issuers. 

Please release any fish caught out of season. 

There is a number of native species in the Ausable River. 

Rules and Regulations

CAUTION: These are nature trails. Trail surfaces may be slippery or uneven. Be especially careful during windy, wet and icy conditions. 

  • Wear appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for your preferred trail activity. 
  • Stay away from fast-flowing water. 
Rules

Rules protect the environment, you and your fellow users. These rules must be followed and are be enforced under the Conservation Authorities Act and Trespass to Property Act. 

Please refer to signs and entrance kiosks for permitted and prohibited activities.

  • The property is closed to the public between sunset and sunrise. 
  • Motorized vehicles, bicycles, e-bikes, horses, hunting, alcohol use, drones, fires and camping are not permitted. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash, under control, and you must clean up after your dog. Ensure your pet does not damage or interfere with vegetation or wildlife and does not interfere with others’ enjoyment.
  • Do not remove or damage plants, trees, wildlife, signs or structures. 
  • Stay on the trails and respect neighbouring landowners. 
  • Fishing is permitted in compliance with applicable legislation.  
  • Don’t litter.

Please report vandalism and incidents to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Tips to Enjoy your Visit

Be aware of the following to help you enjoy your visit. 

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy is a common, native plant in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. 
‘Leaves of three, let it be. Berries white, take flight.’
Leaves may either have smooth edges or a few coarse teeth and may appear shiny. If you come into contact with Poison Ivy wash the affected area with hot soap and water as soon as possible, launder clothes in hot water. 
Habitat: Open woods, fields and roadsides, disturbed areas. 

Picture of Poison Ivy – Pending

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed is an invasive, non-native plant introduced from Asia. It has large, flat-topped to slightly dome-shaped flower (similar to Queen Anne’s Lace/Wild Carrot) and seed head and a bumpy or bristly stem. It can grow up to five metres in height. Skin contact with Giant Hogweed sap may cause severe skin rashes when exposed to sunlight. 
Habitat: Roadsides, stream banks, waste areas, yards 

Picture of Giant Hogweed – Pending

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle is from half a metre tall to three metres in height. Stems and leaves are covered with short, stinging hairs which can cause irritation and inflammation if touched with bare skin. Flowers are in clusters with separate flowers attached by short stalks along a central stem about 1-7 centimetres (cm) long. 

Picture of Stinging Nettle – Pending

Ticks

Ticks are present in the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority watershed. 

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, so it’s easier to see ticks
  • Wear closed-toed shoes
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts
  • Wear long pants, tucked into your socks
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET
  • After outdoor activity put your clothes in the dryer

Check yourself and your children:

  • Behind your knees
  • On your head
  • In your belly button
  • In your groin area
  • In your underarm area
  • On the back of your body – use a mirror, or ask someone to check for you

It’s a good idea to have a shower as soon as you can to wash off any ticks.

If you discover a tick on your body remove it, place the tick in a secure container and contact your local public health unit. 

Directions for removal can be found here: 

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Where is it?

9984 Northville Crescent, Thedford, Ontario, Canada, N0M 2N0

How do I get there?

Driving Directions: 

Between Port Franks and Grand Bend, next to the bridge over 'The Cut' on Highway # 21.

You may also find this Google Map helpful:

Why should I visit?

The Ausable River Cut Conservation Area is the former Thedford Conservation Area.

It is one of the last remaining public rest stops for travellers of the Bluewater Highway.

Walkers can enjoy a stroll on the nature trail through this forested area within the important Carolinian Zone.

Permitted Uses

For permitted (and prohibited) uses, please visit the 'Permitted Uses' web page at this link: