Paths of the reserve
Four paths to explore, observe and experience nature in the raw.
The réserve nationale de faune du Lac-Saint-François offers more than 10 km of hiking trails. You can even bring your canine companion on a leash.
Starting at the reception desk, the trail first leads to the observation tower, from where the visitor has a panoramic view of the reserve and Lake Saint-François. You may also observe the osprey nesting platforms. A unique place for a picnic.
A marked hiking trail runs through the marsh for several hundred meters, through a bridge on stilts.
This is the newest of our trails, built with the financial support of Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’environnement. The trail is located along the road to Pointe Fraser, not far from the reception desk.
The undergrowth trail is easy to navigate and equipped with walkways, benches and a shelter. It crosses a “cedar” (Thuja occidentalis) forest and passes by an old spectacular lime tree (Tilia americana).
The Nodding Trillium trail provides an overview of habitat characteristics of the reserve, which consists of more than 50 different plant combinations. There are major groupings of dry habitats in this path. In early spring, you can admire large carpets trilliums (Trillium cernuum).
You can also find some butternuts which status is precarious in Quebec. To familiarize yourself with the essences of the southern forest of Quebec, pick-up a copy of our trail brochure – you’ll be able to discover the trees of this trail per station.
This trail goes around a layout done by Canards Illimités, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the breeding of ducks. This type of tank maintains the water level to allow optimum use by waterfowl.
The seawall that bypasses the basin is made from materials taken from the borrow pit that becomes a canal. A trail of 3.7 km with several lookouts will allow you to observe waterfowl and many other species of birds, including the graceful Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis) and obviously the great egret.
A brochure that describes each of the points of interest of this trail has been prepared by the Friends of the reserve.
This trail is a great success with bird watchers and photographers.
For the most part, this trail crosses a higher sector of the reserve, therefore a drier sector. The Hickory Maple Grove reigns there, with the entire flora associated with it.
The humid part of the trail includes the famous Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) and the Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus).
You can pick-up a brochure prepared by the Friends of the reserve at the reception desk. It takes about two hours of walking to complete the loop.