Situated alongside Lake St. Clair, Ruscom Shores Conservation Area is an attractive natural marshland area with a well-managed trail ideal for some outdoor enjoyment and tranquility.   Ruscom Shores represents one of only two marshes still in existence on Essex County’s north shoreline. This area also supports a habitat restoration area, which includes a tallgrass prairie site, was completed in 2001.

This quaint 120 acre Conservation Area, designated an Environmentally Significant Area, is great for peaceful walks and nature viewing. Ruscom Shores is perfect for spotting shorebirds, waterfowl and other spring migrants, as well as many prairie plants.

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RUSCOM SHORES characteristics

Length: .6 km
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks and Natural
Trail use: Hiking and Cross-country skiing
Accessibility Notes: accessibility not known
Fees: None reported

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: Picnic tables, washrooms

Attractions: Viewing tower, Boardwalk, marsh, tallgrass prairie

Essex Region Conservation Authority 360 Fairview Avenue West, Suite 311 Essex, ON N8M 1Y6 Phone: 519-776-5209

Find it: Exit the 401 at County Rd 31 and head North for 7 km. It will jog right and then left at County Rd 42. Turn right (East) on County Rd 2 (Tecumseh Rd), go 2.25 km. Just over the train tracks you will see the entrance to Ruscom Shores on the North side,

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 42.3020270
Longitude: -82.6006080