Mud Lake

Mud Lake is one of the most ecologically important natural habitats in the urban part of Canada’s Capital Region.

It is identified as a provincially significant wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest by the Government of Ontario. It is also classified as a protected area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Plants and wildlife

This 60-hectare natural environment is a complex of wetlands along the Ottawa River, the majority of which is made up of deciduous swamp forest. The driest part, to the west, contains a mature forest stand which is made up predominantly of white, red and burr oak, as well as white pine.

Mud Lake is a habitat for a wide diversity of animal species. Located within the Lac Deschênes–Ottawa River Important Bird Area and in a major migratory corridor, it serves as an important environment for bird conservation, and is recognized as one of the most popular urban sites for birdwatching in Canada.

Species that can be found at Mud Lake:

  • 269 species of birds
  • amphibian, reptile and fish species not commonly found in the region
  • 44 rare and 15 uncommon plant species
  • wildlife species at risk

Invasive non-native plant species

Several species of invasive non-native plants threaten the biodiversity of the Mud Lake habitat. Eleven of these species have been recorded, covering about 29 percent of the total area of this natural habitat. The primary species of invasive non-native plants are the following:

Please note that these invasive plants present no danger to public health.

For more information about these species, please visit the Invasive Species Centre website.

Vegetation management project

To protect Mud Lake’s natural habitat, the NCC has launched a vegetation management project. We are undertaking manual and mechanical work, which began in fall 2015 and will continue to fall 2017, to control invasive non-native plant species. This work will allow native plant species to become re-established, and will help preserve the ecological integrity of the natural environment.

Restoring a Natural Habitat

Restoring a Natural Habitat

The control and eradication of invasive plant species at Mud Lake will also be contributing to the NCC’s Environmental Strategy and the NCC’s Capital Urban Lands Master Plan by protecting biodiversity and safeguarding valued habitats that support the Capital Region’s ecological functions.

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Please obey the parking regulations on Cassels Street. Public parking for visitors to Mud Lake is also available at the Britannia Water Purification Plant.