The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority has eight areas in Thunder Bay under it’s control. Mission Marsh is located on Mission Island and can be accessed via Island Drive and 106th Street. It is a very good area to see the local deer population. It is a popular spot, but the trails are rarely busy. Most people come to check out the deer or to walk the short boardwalk trail. As with all LRCA areas, a $2.00 parking fee is asked for. It is on the honour system and I hope that those who get out of their vehicles to check out the trails are honest enough to support the LRCA. And for those of you who enjoy the outdoors and the facilities available courtesy of the Authority, a yearly pass is available for only $30.00 ($25.00 if you buy before the end of 2008). Many of the conservation areas have facilities that need to be maintained, and you know that doesn’t come free. So do your part and support the LRCA.
Melanie and I headed to Mission Marsh on October 12th, 2008, in a bit of a drizzle. We took Sierra, my daughter’s dog, along for the exercise. We did the trails around the Memorial Trees and over to the McKellar River. This included the wetland lagoons where there was ample evidence of beavers at work.
Although the trails are not long, this is still a great spot for a bit of exercise. You get a great view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant, and there always seems to be waterfowl on the river.
We didn’t do the boardwalk this time, but certainly will the next trip out. There is always something to see here, so make sure you come back often.