Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area

Location: Calvin Township Ontario
Region: Near-North
Character: Day-use Area
Length/Size: 396.5 acres

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Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area
By North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority

The Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area is located on the Amable du Fond River in Calvin Township, west of highway 630. It is approximately six miles from Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. The Eau Claire Gorge was the first property purchased by the NBMCA for use as a conservation area in order to preserve the landís unique natural and historic features.

The most spectacular scenic feature is the Gorge itself, where the Amable du Fond flows between steep rock walls in a dramatic series of rapids and waterfalls. Below the Gorge the river widens and winds its way through a cluster of islands before flowing into Smith Lake.

A self - guided 1.9 km interpretive trail details the natural and human history of the area, including a log slide and dam built on the property in the 1870s for the Mackey Lumber Company. A logger's cabin, found along the trail, was reconstructed in 1989. Please note the cabin is for day use only - overnight stays and campfires are not permitted.

Directions: From Highway 17, travel east towards Mattawa. Turn onto Highway 630 and follow the signs. The entrance to Eau Claire Gorge is on the right hand side.