Meisel Woods is the Rideau Valley's newest developed Conservation Area. Opened in October, 2003, this 65 Hectare property is an excellent example of Pre-Cambrian Shield land. It is a forested area with animals, plants and landscape typical of the headwaters of the Tay and Upper Rideau River watersheds. The property surrounds the 60-acre headwater Bass Lake and includes additional frontage on Crow Lake. The goal of Meisel Woods is one of environmental protection. The 5Km of trails provide stunning views of the lake and a shoreline dock allows a close-up view. An eventual boardwalk across the wetland at the north end of the lake will join the trail into one continuous loop. Picnic tables and benches along the trail allow for scenic rest stops and lunch breaks. The winding and narrow wilderness trail provides wonderful opportunities for ecological exploration.