Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Kettle Island

Kettle Island is a 504 acre (204 hectare) nature reserve on private land that has been protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada since 2007. It is the third largest island in the Outaouais River watershed after Allumette Island and Grand Calumet Island. Kettle Island is almost entirely covered in forest, including two stands that meet the criteria for unique forest ecosystems, namely a butternut and hackberry stand, as well as a silver maple stand in the flood zone.

The variety of environments on Kettle Island (forest, marsh, swamp and shoreline) provides diversified habitats that appeal to a great number of animal and plant species, including at-risk species such as American bladdernut, annual wild rice, map turtle, bank swallow, and Northern watersnake.

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