The beautiful Saugeen River runs right through the heart of downtown Walkerton, and is home to one of the best sport fisheries in North America.
People from all over the world come to fish the Saugeen for small-mouth bass, brown trout, rainbow trout, muskey, pike and salmon. Popular spots to fish in Walkerton include the section of river just north of the Truax Dam behind Tim Hortons, and under the east bridge. A catch-and-release protocol is suggested. For more information on fishing in the Saugeen River, please visit our Fishing Page.
A fish ladder at the dam on the east side allows rainbow trout to swim upstream to spawning grounds. It’s estimated that 50,000 rainbow trout return to the Saugeen every spring to spawn! Most rivers in Ontario get 5,000 to 6,000. Our fish ladder is the only vertical-slot fish ladder east of the Rockies.
Those wanting to paddle downstream in a canoe or kayak, or float in an inner tube, will find a variety of water conditions depending on the weather. Perfect for family outings, the Saugeen has wide areas of calm sections, interspersed with mild rapids and eddies, making the route ideal for learning the basics of navigating rapid water.
The river starts at the Hanover Park and flows 102 kilometers through the scenic countryside before emptying into Lake Huron in Southampton. Numerous access points are well-marked along the river. In Walkerton, canoe and kayak launch spots are available at the end of South Street and in Lobies Park; both are excellent starting points for a day on the river.
To see a video on paddling the Saugeen River please click here: http://youtu.be/-wZGWZJe3xM.
If you are interested in helping to maintain the health of the Saugeen River either in an advisory role or by pitching in with some hands-on volunteer projects, please consider joining the Friends of the Saugeen! To be added to the group's mailing list or to obtain more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.