Over the last few years, patent land adjacent to the Pigeon River has been acquired along an 11 km stretch of land where the boundary is currently at the highwater mark. This section is one of the last links in the protected river frontage along the Pigeon River and the Canada/USA border waters from Quetico Provincial Park to Lake Superior. The most easterly section was acquired by Ontario Parks to prevent cottage lot development on the shore of the Pigeon River. The westerly section was acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for permanent protection of wildlife species including lynx, coaster brook trout, lake sturgeon and the rare extra-striped snaketail dragonfly.
The Pigeon River Provincial Park Management Plan (1994) prohibits hunting however the necessary regulation change has never been made to implement this decision. Hunting is not considered to be a suitable use in the existing park or the addition. Since 1994 Ontario Parks annually posts signs to prohibit hunting in areas of the park where the greatest safety concerns exist. To reflect the park management plan, MNRF will make an administrative amendment to regulation 663/98 under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to remove Pigeon River Provincial Park in order to prohibit hunting in the park.
A link to the current regulation, Ontario Regulation 316/07 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act is provided:
A link to the current regulation, Regulation 663/98 (Area Descriptions) of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, schedule 30 is provided:
Amending the park boundaries of LaVerendrye and Pigeon River provincial parks was screened under A Class EA for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves and was determined to be a Category A project.
The boundary amendments also required an administrative amendment to the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas (#2005-15). A link to the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas amendment search tool is provided: