Two Conservation Authorities help tend the natural resources of the Township of Rideau Lakes.
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is responsible for the Rideau River Watershed and its tributary rivers and lakes extending from the height of water at the village of Newboro to the city of Ottawa.
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) administers the Cataraqui River Watershed and its tributary rivers and lakes from the village of Newboro to the city of Kingston. Both provide a number of services and facilities such as nature trails, picnic and boat launch sites.
Foley Mountain Conservation Area – RVCA
Located off Country Road 10 overlooking the Upper Rideau Lake, Foley Mountain Conservation Area offers the visitor a panoramic view from "the mountain" and 325 hectares (800 acres) of woods, ponds and fields, containing a fascinating variety of flora and fauna. Relax by the sandy beach, experience the scenic vista from Spy Rock, enjoy group camping, hiking, the outdoor centre, education programs and, in winter the groomed cross-country ski trails. Open year-round. 613-273-3255
Mill Pond Conservation Area - RVCA
Take the Briton-Houghton Bay Road off Highway #15 between Portland and Lombardy. Relax walking the trails through mixed and deciduous forest; savour the smell and taste of maple syrup at the seasonal sugar bush program.
Loon with chicks on her back photo by: Ken Watson
Portland Bay Conservation Area – RVCA
Two lakeside areas are located on the north side of Highway #15 in Portland. Enjoy a picnic beside Portland's Mill Bay. Launch your boat or watch the bird life from the board walk beside MacDonalds Bay.
Cooligan Creek – CRCA
Between Philipsville and Harlem is a very promising co-operative experiment in floodplain restoration and conservation directed by the Leeds Stewardship Council, local farmers and Rideau District High School in conjunction with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.