Saugeen River Canoeing in Ontario



Visit Paisley or Walkerton for Canoe access points!

 
Grey Bruce County Canoe Paddeling Map 2011The scenic and popular Saugeen River Canoe Route starts in the Town of Hanover and takes approximately 3-4 days to canoe or kayak its entire 102 km length to the mouth of the river in Southampton. There are numerous access points that can make for a relaxing day trip on this renowned river. During the summer, this is an ideal river for beginners because of its gentle flowing nature, limited rapids and eddies, and numerous stops along the way. There are three dams along the way where you can practice your portage techniques. It's also perfect for learning the basics of rapid water navigation. The rapids are not difficult to negotiate, but are a challenge in the early spring when the water is high and fast moving. In late summer, some parts of the river can become trickier to navigate as water levels may drop.  For local canoe and kayak rentals, visit our Bruce County Outfitters listings.

Please practice safe canoeing by wearing a PFD.  Always check with local Outfitters before getting on rivers.

 

Stay overnight at a riverside town, camp at Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area or McBeath Conservation Area at Paisley. This unique overnight camping area is only accessible by the river. Several private campgrounds also offer riverside camping.

Fishing for bass, pike, rainbow and brown trout should be easy if you've stocked up with the right lures, bait and line available at any of the local outfitters. And keep alert and your camera ready for spotting local wildlife. Great blue herons, mallards, beavers and muskrats all make the river their home.

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