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Chill on the Saugeen River

Municipality of Brockton
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A time-honoured tradition
A time-honoured tradition

The lazy, hazy days of summer are short-lived, and one of the best ways to stay cool and relax is to paddle or float down the Saugeen River through Brockton.

Floating down the Saugeen is a time-honoured tradition in this area. Stand at the lookout point in downtown Walkerton on a hot summer’s day and you’ll likely see a colourful flotilla of inner tubes, along with a kayak or two and perhaps a canoe.

No experience necessary!

With five public access points between Hanover and Paisley (plus a private one at the Saugeen Riverbank Campground), you can choose whether you want to be out for just an hour or two, or much longer. And in most parts of the river here, depending on the weather and season, the current is just enough to take you from your launch point to your destination at a leisurely pace, without much effort.

All you need is an old fashioned inner tube, a life jacket, and friends or family to make it fun. No experience necessary!

Boat and tube rentals are available in Walkerton at the Saugeen Riverbank Campground and Joy’s Source for Sports, and both businesses are happy to transport you to the nearest launch point and ensure you get back again.

Paddling maps are available at the Brockton Visitor Information Centre in Walkerton, or online.

Miles of easy paddling

There are 16 public access points on the Saugeen River along the 102-kilometre stretch between Hanover and Southampton, where the river empties into Lake Huron. The Brockton section has five put-in spots, beginning at the Maple Hill Dam just west of Hanover, to Ellengowan, south of Paisley.

Lobies Park in Walkerton is a favourite access point, with washrooms, a playground, boat launch, mature trees and a full-service campground along the banks of the river.

Regardless of your point of entry, you’ll find miles of easy paddling, farmland and tree-lined shores, claybanks and cliffs, and some of the best fishing in South Western Ontario.

Be sure to pack safety gear, hats, sunscreen and a picnic lunch, or head into Walkerton for a quick bite or a meal. There are many restaurants and cafes to choose from.