The Fort Creek Conservation Area is owned by the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority and was purchased to address flood control concerns experienced by businesses and residents living downstream. The Fort Creek Dam was constructed between 1968 and 1971 and has a reservoir of approximately 3.24 hectares (8 acres).

In addition to its primary purpose of flood control the Fort Creek Conservation Area also provides the ancillary benefit of green space, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. In the summer hikers can enjoy the diversity of scenery and trail difficulty level or have lunch under the pavilion. Offering a delightful diversion in the winter visitors can go snow shoeing, tobogganing or cross country skiing. This area creates a sense of tranquility in the heart of the city and is a small example of the beautiful Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest and wetlands.

** Please Note: Trail users should be aware that a section of the Plateau Trail that connects to the East Side Loop is closed until further notice due to safety concerns.

Link to trail map:

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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Length: Various Lengths
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface:
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: None
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None

Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority Tel: (705) 946-8530

Find it: The conservation area and is situated off of Second Line, east of Peoples Road.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 46.5388170
Longitude: -84.3443860