Take advantage of the wide variety of habitats for a tremendous number of bird species throughout Lanark County – from wide, open spaces to forested areas and wetlands and the edge habitats in between. The Almonte Lagoon and Nature trail, across from Auld Kirk cemetery on Ramsay Concession 8 is a prime example of all these habitats.

The trail to the observation tower, with entrance from the 8th Conc. of Ramsay, in Mississippi Mills, Lanark County, goes along a cultivated field and through an abandoned pioneer farm yard. The tower, named the Potvin Tower after the donators, is a three level playground structure and overlooks the western lagoon. With a spotting scope as well as binoculars, birders can easily scan the surface and shores as well as the surrounding countryside.

The trail is open to all interested naturalists. Although the whole area is posted with no trespassing signs, birders are most welcome as long as they accept entrance at their own risk. A new sign stating so is posted on the main gate, across from the Auld Kirk Cemetery.

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Almonte Lagoon Trails characteristics

Length: 1km
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible.
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet.

Amenities: Nonen

Attractions: Birding, Observation tower

Mississippi Valley Fielt Naturalists www.mvfn.ca

Find it: 1933 Ramsay Concession 8, Mississippi Mills, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 45.2134130
Longitude: -76.2196740