Hurkett Cove Conservation Area, located on Black Bay in the Township of Dorion, is a naturalist’s paradise. The area is excellent for botanizing, picnicking and photography. A pavilion with picnic tables and displays was built in 2001-02.

In 2005, Andy Bezener of “Birds Ontario” selected Hurkett Cove as one of the top birding sites in Ontario. See songbirds along the trail, raptors overhead, and waterfowl and shorebirds in the Cove or along the Black Bay shore. Choose Hurkett Cove if you are looking for an exciting place to view wildlife or visit for a day trip. Birding experts consider Hurkett Cove Conservation Area to be the “Pelee of the North!”

Trail Location

90 km east of Thunder Bay on Highway 17, then south on Black Bay Rd. Parking fees are charged.

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Length: 2 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Compacted soil/hard packed
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Accessibility not known.
Fees: Not known

Flora & Fauna:

Some of the bird species that have been observed at Hurkett Cove Conservation Area include the Horned lark, Common Goldeneye, Short-eared owl, Common Loon, Bald Eagle, Blue Jay, Gray Jay, Cedar Waxwing and many others.

Amenities: Pavilion, picnic tables, outside privy

Attractions: interpretive signage

Lakehead Conservation Authority 807-344-5857

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 48.8324610
Longitude: -88.4950510