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ROCKLAND SEWAGE LAGOONS
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Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 417 (The Queensway) take exit 113 (Ottawa-Carleton 174, formerly Highway 17). Stay in the left lanes to take this exit. Go WNW 14.2 km to the Petrie Islands turnoff, Trim Road, where the 4-lane divided highway is reduced to 2 lane, 2 way traffic and beyond which the road is still called Highway 17 (outside the Ottawa-Carleton boundary). Continue straight northwest for an additional 17.8 km to the Rockland Sewage Lagoons. Turn left into the entrance.
Ottawa River West: Ontario Route Directions: From Becketts Creek National Bird Sanctuary continue along the remaining 0.8 km of Wilhaven Drive and turn left or NNW onto Canaan Road. Proceed 1.8 km down Canaan Road to Highway 17 and turn right or east onto it. Drive 6.0 km to the entrance to the next site, Rockland Sewage Lagoons. Turn left into the entrance.
Google Satellite Map of Rockland Sewage Lagoons
Site Description and Birding Information: Just beyond the first righthand dirt road to the composting area is a dirt track headed up onto the brem of the lagoon. It is possible to drive up and view both the small eastern pond and the large western lagoon from your car. During shorebird migration it is worth checking pond levels to see if any edge is available for these birds to feed on. Waterfowl are present during migrations but may be at the back end of the western lagoon. If so you could drive around to the west and climb the brem there to check.
The dirt road leading to the east and then around the rear of the eastern lagoon leads to a compost dump. The piles of brush here should be excellent from sparrows in the late fall.
Ottawa River West: Ontario Route Directions: Return to Highway 17 and turn left or east on it. Continue 13.0 km east to Wendover and Regional 19. Turn left or NNW on 19 and drive 1.0 km to the Ottawa River at the next site, Wendover.
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Last update: October 28, 2009