Big Bend Conservation Area

Location: Wardsville Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Day-use Area
Length/Size: 16 hectares

Big Bend Conservation Area
By Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority acquired this 16 hectare property in 1964. Immediately north of the conservation area, a 20 hectare field also owned by the LTVCA, is leased out on an annual basis as agricultural land.

Directions: The address for Big Bend Conservation Area is 21239 Big Bend Road. Located on the Thames River, just east of the Village of Wardsville. Follow County Road 2 east from Wardsville, take Big Bend Road 3 km south.

Coordinates: Lat/Long 42.644, -81.705 UTM 442235, 4721535

Features: An archaeological site located here was shared by hunting and gathering Native people over 3,000 years ago, boat launch to the Thames River which is a Canadian Heritage River, Arnís Memorial Forest, picnic shelter with tables and open space for sports and games, group and family camping (no reservations are necessary, but fees are collected on a regular basis), hiking, fishing for yellow perch and pickerel, a serviced building with washrooms and showers is open mid-April to mid-October. The park is open for dayuse from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m..

Natural Features: Yellow perch and pickerel are fished from the Thames River. Effective use of floodplain lands of the Thames River, Carolinian Life Zone tree species. One of the largest meanders of the Thames River surrounds this conservation area.