Activities listed on this page are those for which the Conservation Area is most suitable. It is not a comprehensive list of every activity that is potentially available or every species that could be fished for or hunted on the area. For example, almost all Conservation Areas offer some opportunity for nature viewing and bird watching. Only those that are particularly suited for these activities show them in the Activities table. In the same way, many Conservation Areas have small populations of rabbits, but rabbit hunting will not be listed as an activity if the opportunity for success is likely to be poor.
The ratings for hunting and fishing are provided as a guide. Success in hunting and fishing is always a challenge and there are no guarantees. On any given day a hunter or angler may not be successful even for a species rated as having a “good population” on the area. The rating only indicates that your relative chances of success will be better on a “good” area than on a “fair” area. A “good population” means that the species is generally present in numbers that offer good opportunity for hunting or fishing. A “fair population” means that the species is present, but is more limited, or is less predictable, than species rated as having a “good population”.
Camping: The Department of Conservation provides opportunities for primitive camping. None of the camping facilities would be considered “improved” campgrounds. They do not provide electricity, running water, or modern toilet facilities. Most of the camping opportunities are used by hunters and anglers in pursuit of their sport. For example, during firearms deer seasons, many Conservation Areas allow camping in and adjacent to area parking lots. Usually no amenities are provided and they would not be attractive as “family camping” destinations. These are simply areas where recreation vehicles or tents are permitted. No amenities are provided for walk-in and boat-in camping. Amenities such as fire rings, picnic tables, and latrines may or may not be provided in “designated camping areas”. Some designated camping areas do offer “family camping” opportunities where the camping experience could be the main reason for the destination. The “comments” box describes amenities that are provided for those camping areas that have them. Generally, named camping areas provide some camping amenities.
Hiking: Many conservation areas have designated trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The Atlas will give details about these trails if they exist on the area. Some areas have no designated trails, but they still may offer hiking opportunities, such as along interior roads or on area access trails. These roads and access trails will be shown on the area maps.
Area Summary, Hunting and Fishing Rating: A "good population" means the species usually exists in sufficient numbers that this area is recommended for hunting or fishing for that species. A "fair population" means that the species is present, but the population is lower, more variable, or less predictable. An pportunity for the activity is limited or less predictable than for a species with a "good population". Not every species that may be fished for or hunted on the area is listed in the Activities. The list highlights those activities for which the area is most suitable or most reliable.