Interim Management Statement

Regional Director’s approval statement Fraleigh Lake Provincial Nature Reserve

This revised Interim Management Statement will provide interim direction for the management of the above Provincial Nature Reserve until a comprehensive Management Plan is prepared.

This statement will provide the basis for the subsequent preparation of the Park Management Plan.

I am pleased to approve this Interim Management Statement.

M.S. Millar
A/Regional Director
North Central Region - Thunder Bay

Revised March 1991

Background information

Name:Fraleigh Lake
Class:Nature Reserve
M.N.R. District:Thunder Bay
M.N.R. Region:North Central
Total Area (ha):825
Site Region:4W
Site District:2
Date in Regulation:February 16, 1985


Life science representation

Site type/Landscape unitSpecies/Communities
Moderately broken day till plain.wetlands complex. fen, marsh

Earth science representation

Geological themeFeature

Cultural resource representation

ThemeTheme segment

Recreation opportunities

Day UseCar CampingWilderness/Backcountry


Level/TypeReconnaissance/Completion DateDetailed/Completion DateRequired?
Life ScienceChecksheet Detailed inventory
Earth Science  brief survey
Cultural  brief survey

I Land tenure

All land within and adjacent to the Nature Reserve is Crown Land. There is no tenure granted for any land within the Nature Reserve.


Granting of tenure will not be considered for any land within the Nature Reserve, until a Management Plan has been completed.

II Land acquisition/disposition

There is no patented land within or adjacent to the Nature Reserve area.


No consideration will be given to acquiring additional land or disposing of land within the Nature Reserve until a Management Plan is completed.

Ill Existing/proposed development

Approximately three kilometres of old timber hauling road exists in the Nature Reserve area.

There is no proposed development at the present time.


The old logging road will be allowed to regenerate naturally.

Development (excluding that related to public health and safety) will not be undertaken prior to completion of a Management Plan.

The boundaries for this Nature Reserve will be surveyed and cut, and appropriate signage provided, if funding permits.

IV Recreational activities

Fraleigh Lake is classified as a Provincial Nature Reserve. Therefore, the Nature Reserve was not established for recreational purposes.

There is no potential for sport fishing within the Nature Reserve.


Hunting will not be permitted within the Nature Reserve.

Wildlife viewing will be permitted.

If unforeseen conflicts develop in the future between recreational uses and resource protection, necessary restrictions will be implemented.

V Commercial activities

The Nature Reserve comprises less than 15% of trapline area #91 and only a very small portion of trapline area #72. (The trapline data is on file in the Thunder Bay District Office.)

The Nature Reserve has been withdrawn from staking.

The Nature Reserve lies within Bait Fish Licence Areas #T.B.-4 and #T.B.-9 and represents about 1% of the former and less than 3% of the latter’s Licence Area. (Information regarding the licence holders is on file in the Thunder Bay District Office.)

No other commercial activities presently exist.


Trapping will be phased out by January 1, 2010 or when the trapper retires or dies, whichever is sooner. At that time, those portions of the licence within the Nature Reserve will be removed. Where a trapper’s licence lapses, the licence will not be renewed. No new licences will be issued.

Bait fishing will not be permitted in the Nature Reserve.

Mining, aggregate extraction and forestry will not be permitted in the Nature Reserve.

Other commercial activities will not be permitted.

VI Natural resources

The Nature Reserve has been established to protect significant life science features, in particular, an excellent example of wetland formations on clay till. The vegetation procession and features are well illustrated in the community types of the encompassed marsh, bog and swamp areas.


The wetland habitat will be protected and no activities that could disrupt the natural setting of the area will be permitted.

Restrictions on recreational and commercial activities, as noted above, are expected to provide adequate protection to the life science features. If any unforeseen threats to the preservation of these features arise, appropriate measures and/or restrictions will be implemented.

Normal forest fire suppression will take place within the Nature Reserve area.

Until appropriate measures are identified in a Management Plan, insects and diseases will be controlled as is deemed necessary.

VII Cultural resources

The cultural resources of the area are unknown.


A brief cultural inventory is proposed.

Any disturbance of archeological sites within the Nature Reserve will be discouraged, and restrictions on activities on or near the sites will be implemented if necessary.

VIII Client services

No literature is presently available.


Client services will not be provided until a Management Plan has been completed, except as required by legislation or M.N.R. Policy.

IX Research and inventories

A life science checksheet has been completed for Fraleigh Lake Nature Reserve and is on file in the Thunder Bay District Office.


Prior to the completion of a Management Plan, a detailed life science and a brief earth science and cultural resource inventories will be required.

Additional research inventories will be encouraged to further document Nature Reserve values. These may be carried out by M.N.R. or by outside interest groups/individuals. Any research must first be approved by the District Manager.


O.M.N.R. (Unpublished Report) Life Science Inventory Checksheet.

O.M.N.R. 1983. Backgrounder Land Use Guidelines.

O.M.N.R. 1983. Thunder Bay District Land Use Guidelines.

Map: Fraleigh Lake Provincial Nature Reserve

Map showing the boundaries of Fraleigh Lake Provincial Nature Reserve