McBeath Conservation Area is located 9 km upstream or south of the Village of Paisley along the Saugeen River and is approximately halfway along the 102 km Saugeen River Canoe Route.
Designed for canoeing enthusiasts, this 55 hectare (135 acre) site is accessible by water only. There is no public vehicle access. See property map here.
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.
We also provide information on river conditions for those considering a canoe or kayak trip down the river. See the Saugeen River Report.
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.
2. Please store your food properly to prevent unpleasant visits from wildlife.
3. Do not dive into the river from the shoreline.
4. We recommend that visitors wear shoes at all times.
5. The pastureland is actively farmed and is off-limits due to the presence of farm animals.
6. The Village of Paisley is the next community downstream. It is approximately a two hour canoe trip. You can restock supplies there.
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.