Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area

Location: Long Point, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Class 1 Wetland
Length/Size: 325 hectares

Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area
By Long Point Region Conservation Authority

The Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area is a 325-ha (802 acre) tract of marsh and agricultural uplands that is owned and operated by the Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) to maintain and enhance wetland habitat suitable for water management purposes and for the propagation of native waterfowl and marsh species. The management area consists of five separate parcels of land:
247-ha (610 acre) Lee Brown Marsh
15-ha (37 acre) Walker property
24-ha (59 acre) Robinson property
11-ha (29 acre) Cockburn property
27-ha (68 acre) Boyd property

The marshes owned and operated by the LPRCA are part of the overall Big Creek / Long Point Marsh System - a wetland of international signigicance, especially for migratory waterfowl and other bird species. The importance of this area is underscored by its designation as a "Wetland of International Significance", under the Ramsar Convention and as a designated buffer zone to the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve designated under UNESCO. The Big Creek marsh area is designated as a provincially significant Class 1 wetland. Because of the continuous nature of the Big Creek marsh, the management of the Authority's land holdings must be compatible witht the goals and objectives indentified for the entire Long Point marsh complex.

In 1972 Lee Brown donated the viewing pond and 24-ha (60 acres) of farmland to the Authority, with the remaining 223-ha (550 acres) of marshland donated in 1975. As a tribute to Mr. Brown and his endeavours in preserving and increasing the potential of this unique ecosystem, the Lee Brown Waterfowl Management Area was established. A controlled waterfowl hunt program provides individuals with and opportunity for a quality waterfowl hunting experience. A viewing platform and pond provide an opportunity for public to observe a variety of waterfowl species especially during the spring and fall migrations. Access to the "marsh" is limited to the viewing area in order to preserve this important wetland habitat and to ensure that people of all ages may derive the many benefits this area has to offer.