BOATING & WATER SPORTS
BOATING & WATER SPORTS IN PORT ELGIN
Get Ready to Have a Blast!
Lake Huron is the perfect place for boating, fishing and sailing. As one of Ontario's largest lakes, there is plenty of room for kite boarding, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and so much more.
Want to ride the water in a more relaxed style? Check out our rentals HERE.
See you on the water!
PORT ELGIN HARBOUR
Located 4 miles south of Southampton (Southampton entrance marked by Chantry Island Lighthouse) and approximately 10 miles north of Bruce Nuclear Power Development, the Port Elgin Harbour is a large complex visible for miles offshore.
To enter the harbour, Logie's Rock serves as an excellent reference point. It is marked by a light buoy and lies 2 miles west-northwest of Port Elgin.
When entering the harbour it's important to stay within the buoyed channel. Range markers with green lights lead boaters in on a course of 109. The channel depth is 10-14 feet from chart datum, but outside of the channel, it quickly shallows to as little as 2 feet. Harbour staff monitor VHF channel 68.
Port Elgin Harbour Operates from May until October. For rates, and more information, go here.
CANOEING & KAYAKING
Port Elgin is an ideal destinations to base any kind of paddling adventure from. With our harbour and calm bays it is an excellent paddling choice for lake paddleing or on the Saugeen River.
You can paddle from Hanover to through Port Elgin and on to Southampton in three days. Although a fourth day allows time to explore the towns of Walkerton and Paisley or the conservation areas along the way.
You can access the lake and river at many points. Rental equipment, shuttle and tour services are available in many places by local outfitters.
The Saugeen River Canoe Route: The Saugeen River empties into Lake Huron at Southampton. You can canoe this historic and picturesque river from Hanover, through Walkerton and Paisley then on to Southampton.
Check out the official The Saugeen River Canoe Route on the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority's web site. http://www.svca.on.ca/canoe.php
SWIMMING IN LAKE HURON
Perhaps you would prefer to have a swim in Lake Huron. The beaches in Southampton, Port Elgin and Saugeen Township offer wonderful swimming opportunities. But you must be careful at the beach.
Please Note: The beaches in Saugeen Shores do not have life guards on duty. Please ensure that you watch children and those who are inexperienced swimmers while at the Beach and swimming in Lake Huron.
It is suggested that children and inexperienced swimmers with a 'swimming buddy" who is responsible for their direct supervision. We suggest caregiver be arm's reach of the child(ren) and inexperienced at all times, both in and out of the water.
Always swim with a buddy; never leave children in or near water unsupervised. Watch out for what the Red Cross calls the "dangerous too's" - too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Know Your Limits.
If you're not a strong swimmer, don't head into water that's too deep and don't try to keep up with swimmers that are much stronger than you. Inflatable mattresses,and toys and water wings are not water safety devices. Wear a life jacket if you are a inexperienced swimmer.
If you get into trouble, don't be afraid to call for help! Many people drown because they're too afraid to call for help or don't want to look silly.
If your legs get caught in weeds, don't make quick or vigourous movements. Move slowly and carefully to prevent yourself from getting tangled up even more. •If you get a cramp while in the water, don't panic. Call for help and try to massage the cramp out.
Swimming And Eating? It's actually a bit of a myth that you should wait one hour after eating before going for a swim. If you've just gone to an all-you-can-eat buffet and then decide to go for a strenuous one hour swim by yourself, then you could find yourself sinking. But if you've just had a normal meal, and then decide to go for a dip in the lake, you'll be fine.
Remember: follow the above rules about swimming with a buddy and knowing your limits. If you enjoy a busy beach head to the Port Elgin beach, for something a little more quiet try the Southampton beach or for seclusion go to Eidt's Grove or Gobles Grove beaches. What are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit and your swimming buddy and hit the water!