Saugeen River

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Saugeen River
Saugeen river Southampton 1.jpg
Saugeen River in Southampton, about 1 km from its mouth at Lake Huron
Map showing the Saugeen River system, in the part of Bruce County south of the Bruce Peninsula. The orange line shows the Drainage basin of the river system.[1]

The Saugeen River is located in southern Ontario, Canada, The river begins in the Osprey Wetland Conservation Lands and flows generally north-west about 160 kilometres (99 mi) before exiting into Lake Huron. The river is navigable for some distance, and was once an important barge route. Today the river is best known for its fishing and as a canoe route.

The river's name comes from an Ojibwa language word Zaagiing, meaning outlet. Another source is more specific, indicating that "Saugeen" is the corrupted form of the Ojibwa word meaning the entrance or mouth of the river.[2]


The river has two main tributaries; the South Saugeen and the North Saugeen. The South Saugeen begins near Ventry while the North Saugeen's source is located near Holland Centre. The North Saugeen meets the Saugeen just north of Paisley, about 24 kilometres (15 mi) south-southeast of its exit into Lake Huron; the South Saugeen joins the Saugeen about 35 kilometres (22 mi) further southeast, near the town of Hanover.


Saugeen River

North Saugeen River

South Saugeen River

Rocky Saugeen River

Hungerford's crawling water beetle[edit]

The North Saugeen River is home to one of the most critically endangered of all insects: the Hungerford's crawling water beetle. In fact, the only known population of Hungerford's crawling water beetles outside of the United States were discovered near Scone in Bruce County, Ontario. In 1986, 42 beetles were identified at a site downstream from a dam there. An unspecified number of beetles were last recorded in 2001, but surveys in 2002 uncovered no specimens. As a result, the status of this population of Hungerford's crawling water beetles is uncertain at present.

Although the Hungerford's crawling water beetle was categorized as endangered on March 7, 1994, under the provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act, it is currently not protected in Canada.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NHN National Hydro Network - GeoBase Series: Drainage Basin 02FC000". Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved July 16, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Bruce County". Electric Scotland. Alastair McIntyre. 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2017. From the book History of the County of Bruce, Ontario, Canada, by Norman Robertson (1906) 
  3. ^ "Bruce County Maps". Retrieved 7 July 2018. 

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Coordinates: 44°13′11″N 81°10′42″W / 44.21961°N 81.17832°W / 44.21961; -81.17832