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Paddling The River


The mighty Saugeen River offers a variety of conditions for canoeists and kayakers.

The Saugeen River Paddling Route starts at the highest point in the Hanover Town Park (742 7th Avenue, Hanover) and flows 102 Kilometers downstream through scenic, small town countryside, to Denny's Dam near Southampton and empties into Lake Huron.

Saugeen River Paddling Route Highlights

  • the entire route can be completed in 3 to 4 days
  • suitable for beginners and experienced canoeists alike
  • broad and placid sections and stretches of rapids and eddies
  • rapids are generally easy except during times of high water flow, such as early spring
  • three dam portages
  • parks, access points and camping along the route
  • supplies can be purchased en route
  • local wildlife including deer, great blue herons, mallards, beavers and muskrats to name a few

Saugeen River Paddling Route and Conditions

Route information maps and links can be found on the Saugeen River Canoe Route page or by contacting the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority at 519-367-3040.

View the River Report to see current river conditions.