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See where you should launch into the Saugeen River.

Saugeen River Access Points in Bruce County

The Saugeen River flows west through rolling scenic landscapes towards the Lake Huron shoreline. The route crosses masses of agricultural land, and is heavily bordered by mixed forest. The official route begins at the Hanover Town Park (Access Point #3), and ends 102 km downstream at Denny’s Dam (Access Point #15), near Southampton. Access Points #1 (not shown on map), and #2 are recommended for experienced paddlers only (due to possibilities of high water, obstacles, and heavy rapids).

The river varies from wide, slow-flowing sections, to stretches with white rapids and eddies, making the Saugeen ideal for family canoeing. The rapids are ideal for learning the basics of water navigation. Portages are short, by-passing four dams along the entire route. The first three portages are located upstream between Hanover and Walkerton. Although some paddlers may extend their trip to Lake Huron (Access Point #16), most will pull off the river at Denny’s Dam (Access Point #15), where there is plenty of daytime parking. By car, this property can be reached by following Carlisle Street, immediately east of the Bruce Rd 3 and Highway 21 junction.

Caution: River levels can be high and fast-flowing in early spring.

The Mighty Saugeen River

When it comes to a canoe trip, many think of the rigorous routes, whitewater and rapids and portaging for kilometres at a time. The Saugeen River is a calm, but exciting, river that is waiting for you to explore.  Learn about paddling the Saugeen River here. Read More

Saugeen River Access Points at a glance...