McBeath Conservation Area
This 55 hectare (135 acre) Conservation Area is situated on the Saugeen River Canoe Route. Designed for canoeing enthusiasts, this site is accessible by water only. There is no public vehicle access.
It is easy to land the canoe on the sandy beach and walk up to the large grassy camping and picnic area. Often used as a stopover for canoeists who wish to take a break or camp overnight.
Canoeists travelling between Walkerton and Paisley, who wish to stay overnight here have the choice of family or group camping sites allowing up to 75 people. For site availability or river conditions check 'River Report' on this site.
The primitive nature of this Conservation Area adds to its beauty and charm. This site does have simple amenities such as picnic tables, fire pits, recycling and garbage receptacles and modern vault washrooms. Donations towards these amenities may be made at the donation box located at the camping area.
If you're looking to re-stock your camping supplies, please be aware that the Village of Paisley has grocery stores, two hardware stores, a pharmacy and restaurants.
FEES: Please note there are no camping fees for McBeath Conservation Area as it is accessible by canoe only. We only ask that you respect the property and help keep it clean and beautiful.
If you wish, donations are gladly accepted and can be sent to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation at 1078 Bruce Rd. #12, Box 150, Formosa, ON N0G 1W0. Please make sure you state that you would like your donation to be directed toward McBeath Conservation Area. Thank you.
Should you visit during fishing season, catches may include Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass or even Northern Pike. Feel free to cast your line and try your luck in the mighty Saugeen!
1. For safety, this Conservation Area is designated a glass-free zone.
7. Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area is also downstream approximately 4 hours. One of SVCA's most popular parks, it does have amenities such as showers, a store, laundry, etc.
McBeath Conservation Area is located 9 km upstream or south of the Village of Paisley along the Saugeen River Canoe Route.
It is approximately halfway along the 102 km canoe route.
The area is accessible by water only!
Download a PDF brochure of this Conservation Area on our Publications page.