Acres: 71

Status: Open to the Public, no Trails

Protected: Feb 25, 1999

Donors: Bill and Dave Darker, in memory of their grandparents

Landscape: Matchedash Wildlands

This scenic site is bisected by Deadman’s Creek, which flows into Deep Bay on Sparrow Lake. This part of the Trent-Severn Waterway is one of the richest areas in Canada for aquatic plants.

Roehl Wetland skink

Unique features:

  • a series of beaver ponds along Deadman’s Creek maintains rich wetland habitats
  • community of aquatic plants includes pond weeds, water lilies, Bladderwort and Water Milfoil
  • adjacent rocky upland has open areas and forests of White Pine, Red Maple and Red Oak
  • home to various turtles and frogs
  • uncommon plants include Round-leaved Sundew, Rose Pogonia and Pink Moccasin Orchid
  • site of an Osprey nesting platform built by Rotary volunteers in 2001


This nature reserve is located in Severn Township on Orimat Road, which is a private cottage road. The easiest access is by canoe from Sparrow Lake, but it's also possible to walk in by parking in the parking lot at the corner of Torpitt Road and Orimat Road. Walk up Orimat Road for approximately 1-2 kilometres and look for Couchiching Conservancy signs.