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The Area
We do have nice canoe routes in the area. If you are a wilderness lover, you will find these routes quite tame but they are great for families. Most of the locations are semi wilderness except for the lower Saugeen which is more agricultural or Red Bay/Oliphant which has cottages.

We are an advocate for the Local Conservation Authority. They were the ones in the good old days when the government supported their ideas, set up most of these properties that we use for free. With major cutbacks the C.A. must now find ways to make some money from these properties. With no way of policing their properties they must rely heavily on donations. We ask that you send a donation to the C.A. if you use their property

-Fee: send donation to -
Grey Sauble Conservation Authority
Owen Sound, Ontario
N4K 5N6


  • Map - Rankin River
    Picture 1
    Time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 18 km
    Isaac lake is quite shallow and weedy. Boat Lake is more open (windy) with a lot of dead trees along the shore. It is possible to launch a small boat from road #13 on the map. Because of the almost swampy conditions, you will find lots of birds. The fishing is fair to good for small Pike and Smallmouth Bass and Large Mouth Bass (see fishing pages for more details). It depends on your ability but you should be able to canoe this system both ways in 10 to 14 hours. Rental Equipment and camping are available at Sauble Falls.

  • Map - Beaver Valley
    Time: 5-6 hours
    Distance: 20 km
    The route begins north of Kimberly, with access from the Beaver Access Point off Grey County Road 13. Several views of the Niagara Escarpment and surrounding countryside are provided before the river enters a large wooded area of predominantly silver maple.

    You should see lots of wildlife and we have no idea how the fishing is.

    Short portages may be required to bypass log jams. Care should be taken to avoid poison ivy and stinging nettle as both occur in the area. The route passes through progressively more open farmland in the downstream sections before reaching Heathcote. Canoeing downstream from Heathcote is not recommended.

  • Map - Fishing Islands
    Picture 1 | Picture 2 | Picture 3
    If you like shallow sandy beaches, warm water and remote islands and reefs than the fishing islands are for you. Even if the wind is strong, you will be well protected from the Lake Huron waves. There are bass to be caught but we have not had a lot of luck. The fish we did catch was light green and very healthy. We have no idea how long it would take you to do all the islands because we usually went over for the swimming and a short canoe ride out around the islands.

  • Map - Saugeen River (no map yet)
    The Saugeen is by far the biggest canoe route in the area. It will take you at least two days to float (I mean paddle) down the river. If you are looking for a canoe route that is not wilderness or a workout then this canoe route is for you

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