Pictured Lake Nature Reserve. Photo © Mike Bryan

Pictured Lake

The Pictured Lake Nature Reserve

The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists purchased the Pictured Lake Nature Reserve in 2008.

The Reserve consists of 108 acres of land southwest of the City of Thunder Bay. The property completely surrounds a 32 acre lake. This is a site with unique biological and cultural features including several pictographs. The lake is surrounded by high rock cliffs and some wetlands, with two inflow and one outflow creeks, all with beaver dams. The property is mostly mature forest with many large white pines. The Ministry of Natural Resource’s NHIC database also records the presence of a provincially rare violet, Viola epipsila, growing at this lake.

The previous owner of this property was a land developer who had already obtained permission to put a road into the site and had plans to subdivide the property into building lots. The property is not road accessible and this has been key to protecting both the pictographs and the natural heritage features of the site. After negotiating a purchase price for this property of $170,000 we applied for a number of grants through various private foundations and government programs to help with the purchase costs and were successful in our efforts. A special thank you to the EJLB Foundation and the McLean Foundation for their generous support of this acquisition.

We do not maintain any trails on the property. Motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, ATVs, and dirt bikes are not allowed. Hiking, snowshoeing, and nature appreciation are permitted.

“Supported by the Greenlands Challenge – a partnership funded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and administered jointly by the ministry and the Nature Conservancy of Canada to help conserve Ontario’s biodiversity”.