Murray Marsh is one of the largest remaining wetlands in southeastern Ontario. It is situated in the heart of the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region and is affectionately dubbed the ‘Amazon of the Trent River valley’. Encompassing approximately 3,760 hectares (~ 10,000 acres), Murray Marsh is classified as a provincially significant wetland and is of regional significance for wildlife. This wetland is the only major flood water storage area for the Trent River south of Campbellford. It also serves as a giant filtration system for nutrients, improving the water quality in the Trent River. Almost 50 per cent of Murray Marsh is protected with the combined ownership of approximately 4,800 acres between Lower Trent Conservation and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Collectively, Conservation Authorities own and protect a total of 150,000 hectares, including forests, wetlands, areas of natural and scientific interest, recreational lands, natural heritage and cultural sites, as well as, land for flood and erosion control.