Camping season delayed in Lambton County

(John Chippa photo for BlackburnNews.com)

Anyone in Lambton County hoping to go camping to escape the house during the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be disappointed.

The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority announced on Wednesday that it will be delaying the opening of the A.W. Campbell, Lorne C. Henderson and Warwick conservation areas to campers. The decision was made based on recommendations by several government health authorities.

“The SCRCA understands the frustration and disappointment our visitors may have with this decision, but the health and safety of our communities and staff is of paramount importance,” the conservation authority said in a news release. “The opening of the camping season will be determined based on the guidance of health officials.”

All camping reservations between April 24 to May 13 have been cancelled and will be refunded automatically, the conservation authority said.

Trail systems at the affected conservation sites will remain open to the public, but those visiting are expected to comply with social distancing practices.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) conservation areas and trails also remain closed to the public until further notice.

These conservation sites now join several other outdoor amenities that have been closed to the public as a result of the pandemic. On March 30, the Ontario government shuttered all sports fields, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and community gardens in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.