Lake Huron Fish Club

Dedicated to ensuring future generations will have

quality fishing opportunities.

Lake Huron Fish Club

The Lake Huron Fishing Club has devoted many years to a variety of projects all intended to improve the quality of streams in our area. The club has been assisted in it's efforts by an army of local volunteers, as well as with the expertise and advice of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The following is a list of the Club's Projects and Interests:

Fish Monitoring ****  Erosion Control **** Bank Stabilization

Creation of Nursery Areas & increase Shade and Stream Cover

Improving or Creating Spawning Beds **** Maintaining Stream Access and Passage

Penetangore River Rehabilitation Project

The Lake Huron Fishing Club has made a long-term commitment to the rehabilitation of the Penetangore River situated in Bruce County. This Lake Huron tributary hosts spawning runs of Rainbow Trout, Chinook Salmon and Brown Trout. Due to the intensive agricultural use of the majority of land in the watershed, the quality of the river has been degraded from itís former coldwater stream status. With planning, work and time the Lake Huron Fishing Club hopes that the Penetangore River can be improved to a state that will benefit fish, wildlife and people.

The first phase of the Penetangore River rehabilitation project was a detailed assessment of the current status of the river. A partnership was formed with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, the Bruce Resource Network, Canada Trustís Friends of the Environment, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Kincardine Chamber of Commerce, Kincardine Township and Keith Filby Photography. A contract was given to Mr. Andrew Calder, a recent graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming Collegeís Water and Terrain Management Program to survey and document the river.

The assessment process extended from June 8, 1998 until September 11, 1998. Mr. Calder assembled a complete database of all landowners on the Penetangore River system. Detailed maps of the watershed were created from aerial photographs and Ontario basemaps. Over 50 kilometers of river were walked and recorded in notes and photographs. When a problem area was identified on the river a detailed package was created for that site. Each package has a detailed description of the problem and a suggested solution of how to correct the problem Wherever possible simple bioengineering techniques were recommended to address the identified problem. In total, 71 site rehabilitation packages have been created for the Penetangore River. The types of problems that these packages address are stream-bank erosion, stream blockages, lack of tree cover and cattle access into the stream.

The next phase of the Penetangore River project will be to put together a sensible plan for completing the individual site projects. Landowners will be notified as to what problems exist on their property and support given to whatever work they can complete on their own. Other groups will be contacted and hopefully interest can be generated in specific projects. The Lake Huron Fishing Club will plan which projects we will tackle with available manpower and funds.

Early this Spring the Lake Huron Fishing Club carried out two demonstration projects on the Penetangore. At one location with the help of a group of students from Kincardine District High School and members of the "Men of the Trees" 2,000 seedlings were planted to provide shading for 750 meters of river. At another location 375 meters of fencing was erected to keep cattle out of the water and off the riverbanks. This project involved a group of students from St. Anneís High School in Tecumseh.

Return to this Website periodically to see future projects and updates on how the rehabilitation of the Penetangore River is coming.

Below are several images showing the sequence of changes during a recent project on the Little Sauble near Port Elgin. Click on image for larger view.

Streams, such as the Little Sauble, show evidence of nature's sculpting. The first picture shows an area of stream that has become eroded from lack of tree cover and uncontrolled run-off. Among the damaging effects of stream bank erosion, are deposition of sediments in the riffles and rapids of the stream, which are the stream's oxygen and food producing areas. Sediments also cover spawning areas.

The next step in our repair progress is the addition of topsoil fill, prior to tree planting and grass cover.

The third picture shows the bank reinforced with a base of heavy boulders. The bank was sculpted to make it more stable and also the stream bed was narrowed to increase water velocity before placing the protective layer of boulders.

The last picture in this sequence shows the completed project after ground cover has returned. This area of the Little Sauble now sports a reinforced bank and the stream can flow unabated. The new layout improves stability of the stream bank and stream bed and lessens erosion damage from flooding.


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