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Coverage:
Lake Huron, Lake St Clair and Lake Erie; their coasts and watersheds.

Explicit inclusions:
Big Creek, Big Otter Creek, Conestogo River, Detroit River, Eramosa River, Grand River, Maitland River, Nith River, Pelee Island, Rankin River, Sauble River, Saugeen River, Speed River, Talbot Creek, Thames River, Wallaceburg Water Trails.

Caution regarding paddling on the Great Lakes.
This entry, based on the Coastal Routes entry for other provinces, is included because much of it applies equally well to paddling on the Great Lakes.
Those of us with a background in lake and river paddling, even those comfortable in big water, might reflect on whether we possess the knowledge, equipment and skills necessary to deal with the different hazards associated with paddling on the Great Lakes. A course or a guided trip might be a good idea before attempting any such Route linked to below.
From what I've read, every responsible paddler carries at least a weather radio; many carry a VHF radio and are well versed in its operation.
Sea Conditions Rating System.
Author: Eric Soares.
http://site.netopia.com/tsunami/seacond ... ingsystem/
Sea and Sea Kayak Paddler Ratings.
http://www.amc-ny.org/recreational-acti ... ings2.html
Ocean Canoeing (some basics).
Author: SGrant.
Thoughtful, thorough article, followed by discussion; highly recommended.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 10&t=24193

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Big Creek. Information.
Location: Long Point area, Lake Erie.
Big Creek National Wildlife Area.
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/nwa/eng ... htm-e.html

Big Creek. Guide.
ALLAN: Link to Long Point area Information entry.
ALLAN: Link to Big Creek Information entry.
Source: Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2004).
Route description: Regional Road 60 or Concession Road 3 to Regional Road 42 or marina on Hwy 59.
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/nwa/eng ... htm-e.html

Big Otter Creek. Online, Journal.
Location: Lake Erie.
Author: Darren Cope.
Route description: Hwy 43 to Port Burwell.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/bigotter.htm

Conestogo River. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
Route description: Glen Allen to Hawkesville.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/conestogo.htm

Conestogo River. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
Route description: Hawkesville to St Jacobs Dam.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/conestogo.htm#august2

Detroit River. Information.
Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Detroit/Detroit_e.htm
Detroit River, Wikipedia entry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit_River

Eramosa River. Information.
Eramosa River, Wikipedia stub.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eramosa_River

Eramosa River. Online, Journal, Photos, Map.
Sources: DeepNet Technologies Library and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: deepnet.
Route description (First of two trips at source): Everton, Rockwood, Eden Mills.
Title at source: Eramosa River, north of Guelph, March 27 2009.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=32582

Eramosa River. Online, Journal, Photos, Map.
Sources: DeepNet Technologies Library and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: deepnet.
Route description (Second of two trips at source): Everton, Rockwood, Eden Mills, Guelph.
Title at source: Eramosa River, north of Guelph, March 27 2009.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=32582

Eramosa River. Online, Journal, Photos, Map.
Sources: DeepNet Technologies Library and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: deepnet.
Route description: Everton to Rockwood.
Title at source: Eramosa River from Everton to Rockwood, April 6th 2008.
http://www.deepnettech.com/canoe_trip_e ... 4_06.shtml
Map and photos: http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=32582

Eramosa River. Online, Journal, Photos.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description: Route not specified at source.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000265.html

Grand River. Information.
Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Grand/Grand_e.htm
Canadian Encyclopedia entry.
http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/ ... RTA0009681
Wikipedia entry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_River_(Ontario)
Grand River Country.
http://www.grandrivercountry.com/
Google timeline.
http://www.google.ca/search?q=Grand+Riv ... CE8Q5wIwCg
Grand River Conservation Authority.
http://www.grandriver.ca/
Canoeing on the Grand River.
http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document ... 1=0&sub2=0
Paddling the Grand River.
http://www.grandriver.ca/Store/productdetails.cfm?id=64
Hiebert, Carl. The Grand River - An Aerial Journey. Ed note: Coffee-table book.
http://www.grandriver.ca/Store/productdetails.cfm?id=49

Grand River. Belwood village to Lake Erie. Book, Guide.
Grand River Conservation Authority. Paddling the Grand River. Lorimer, Toronto (2007).
Belwood village, Chapter 1, Elora Gorge Conservation Authority, Chapter 2, West Montrose, Chapter 3, Bridgeport, Chapter 4, Galt, Chapter 5, Paris, Chapter 6, Brantford, Chapter 7, Caledonia, Chapter 8, Cayuga, Chapter 9, Dunnville, Chapter 10, Port Maitland and Lake Erie.

Grand River; Cambridge to Paris. Book, Guide.
ALLAN: Link to Grand River Information.
Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2004).
Route description: Hwy 24 (south of Cambridge), Glen Morris, Paris.

Grand River, The Oxbow. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/grand2.htm#20060122

Grand River, The Oxbow. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/grand2.htm#20050410

Grand River, The Oxbow. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/grand2.htm

Grand River, Glen Morris to Paris. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/grand3.htm

Grand River, Galt to Glen Morris. Online, Journal.
Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: rocket-river.
Route description: Galt, Shep’s Subdivision, Glen Morris.
Title at source: Grand River outing on Saturday - been out this spring?
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=21998

Lakes Erie and St Clair. Information.
Please read the Caution at the top of this thread.
Ed note: Includes also the St Clair and Detroit Rivers.
Lake Erie (Wikipedia entry):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Erie
Lake St Clair (Wikipedia entry):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Saint ... th_America)
Detroit River. Information.
Canadian Heritage Rivers System:
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Detroit/Detroit_e.htm
Ohmann, Sarah and Bill Newman. Guide to Sea Kayaking Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario: The Best Day Trips and Tours. Globe Pequot Press, Old Saybrook (1999).
Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association:
http://glska.freehostia.com/

Lakes Erie and St Clair. Online, Journal.
Author: Johanna Wandel.
Route description: Point Albino.
http://johanna.wandel.ca/babbles/archives/000186.html

Lake Huron. Information.
Please read the Caution at the top of this post.
Lake Huron, Wikipedia entry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Huron
Ohmann, Sarah and Bill Newman. Guide to Sea Kayaking Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario: The Best Day Trips and Tours. Globe Pequot Press, Old Saybrook (1999).
Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Association.
http://glska.freehostia.com/

Long Point area. Information.
Long Point Provincial Park. Information.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/long.html
Long Point PP, Wikipedia entry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Point_Provincial_Park
Out-There entry.
http://www.out-there.com/lands/lg_pt.htm
Long Point Region Conservation Areas.
http://www.lprca.on.ca/LPRCA_Visitor_Guide_2010.pdf
Environment Canada National Wildlife Area.
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/nwa/eng ... htm-e.html
UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
http://www.unesco.org/mabdb/br/brdir/di ... 3&mode=all

Maitland River.
Authors: Bill and Janice Stauttener.
Route description: Wingham to Auburn.
http://billandjanice.stauttener.com/Can ... 20Trip.pdf

Nith River; Canning to Paris.Online,
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/nith.htm#20050624

Nith River; north of Hwy 401 to Wolverton.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/nith.htm#20050507

Nith River; south of New Hamburg to south of Plattsville.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/nith.htm#april25

Nith River; Wilby Road to Christner Road.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/nith.htm#april19

Nith River; downstream from Plattsville.
Author: Darren Cope.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/nith.htm#20020329

Nith River; Washington area. Online,
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: NewSolo.
Route description, based on the Darren Cope’s map at
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/nithmap.htm
Bridge on Oxford Road 3 (~2.5 km south of Washington), Black Creek confluence, township road 12 (road crossed on driving from Washington to the put-in). Reach is 3.6 km long.
Title at source: Nith River...
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=35654
Ed note: The thread contains a link to a MYTOPO.COM map contributed by Erhard.

Nith River. Canning to Paris. Online, Notes.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Heavykevy.
Title at source: Nith River.
Report:
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 08&t=37963

Pelee Island. Online, Journal.
Source: paddling.net
Author: emanoh.
Route description: Catawba Island (Ohio), Bass Island, Lake Erie, Pelee Island, West Dock, Sheridan Point, North Bay; return by ferry and road.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?1507

Rankin River. Information.
Location: Sauble Beach.
Sauble Falls Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/saub.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauble_Fal ... ncial_Park
Rankin River, Wikipedia stub.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankin_River

Rankin River. Features.
Sky Lake, Isaac Lake, Jordan Bay, Boat Lake, Sauble River confluence, Sauble Falls Provincial Park.

Rankin River. Guide.
Source: Reid, Ron and Janet Grand. Canoeing Ontario’s Rivers: Great Canoe Trips in Canada’s Northern Wilderness. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco (1986). Ed note: Out of print but well worth a search.

Rankin River. Guide.
Source: Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2004).
Route description: Red Bay Road (lower end of Sky Lake) to Sauble Falls Provincial Park.

Rankin River. Online, Guide.
Coverage: Sky Lake to Sauble Falls Provincial Park.
Source: Thorncrest Outfitters.
http://www.thorncrestoutfitters.com/pad ... nriver.htm

Rankin River. Online, Journal.
Authors: Bill & Janice Stauttener.
Ed note: Bad weather forced cancellation of this April trip but the link contains enough useful information to justify posting the report.
http://billandjanice.stauttener.com/Can ... %20Run.pdf

Rockwood Lake. Guide.
Rockwood Conservation Area.
http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document ... 130&Sub2=0
Eramosa River, Wikipedia stub.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eramosa_River
Grand River Conservation Authority.
http://www.grandriver.ca/
Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2004).
Route description: Rockwood Lake.

Sauble River. Information.
Sauble River, Wikipedia sttub.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauble_River_(Ontario)
Sauble Falls Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/saub.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauble_Fal ... ncial_Park

Sauble River. Guide.
Source: Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2004).
Route description: Sauble Falls Provincial Park to Lake Huron.
Ed note: The trip described went up from Lake Huron and back.

Sauble River. Online, Journal.
Source: paddling.net
ALLAN: Post link to Sauble River information.
Author: lindabaron.
Route description. Day trip from the Provincial Park.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?1387

Saugeen River. Information.
Saugeen River, Wikipedia stub.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saugeen_River
Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.
http://www.svca.on.ca/
McBeath Conservation Area.
http://www.svca.on.ca/ca.php?page=mcbeath
Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area.
http://www.svca.on.ca/ca.php?page=saugeenbluffs
http://www.ontarioconservationareas.ca/ ... &Itemid=98
http://www.brucegreytrails.com/trail.php?Trail=34

Saugeen River. Features.
Hanover, Walkerton, McBeath, Paisley and Teeswater River confluence, Sang's Creek, Denny's Dam (Rte 21), Southhampton.

Saugeen River. Guide.
Source: Reid, Ron and Janet Grand. Canoeing Ontario’s Rivers: Great Canoe Trips in Canada’s Northern Wilderness. Sierra Club Books, San Francisco (1986). Ed note: Out of print but well worth a search.

Saugeen River; Hanover to Southampton. Online, Guide.
Source: Thorncrest Outfitters.
http://www.thorncrestoutfitters.com/pad ... augeen.htm

Saugeen River; Hanover to Denny's Dam. Journal, Guide.
Source: Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) The Rivers of Ontario and Quebec, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2003).
Also Callan, Kevin. Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario. Firefly Books, Richmond Hill and Buffalo (2011).

Saugeen River. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
Route description: Camp Cherith to Southhampton.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/saugeen.htm

Saugeen River; Walkerton to Denny's Dam. Online, Journal.
Authors: Bill and Janice Stauttener.
Route description: Walkerton, McBeath, Paisley, Saugeen Bluffs, Denny's Dam.
http://billandjanice.stauttener.com/Can ... %20Dam.pdf

Saugeen River; Walkerton to Paisley. Online, Journal.
Source: paddling.net
Author: riverrat392.
Route description: Walkerton (Lobbies Park) to Paisley.
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?1926

Sixteen Mile Creek. Online, Journal.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Location: Oakville.
Author: Shaun.
Title at source: 16-Mile Creek (Oakville Creek).
Route description: Information not provided.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=37636

Sixteen Mile Creek. Milton to Lion’s Valley Park. Online, Journal, Photos.
[color=#0000]Lion’s Valley Park.[/color]
http://www.oakville.com/directory/parks ... alley-park
Sources: Private site and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: jedi jeffi.
Route description: West Branch at Milton, confluence with East Branch, Hwy 407 bridge, Lion’s Valley Park.
Title at source: 16 mile (oakville Creek) May 21.
CCR thread:
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 08&t=38182
Photos:
http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/580237096QFayXP
http://outdoors.webshots.com/slideshow/580237096QFayXP

Speed River. Online, Notes, Photos.
Sources: Private site and Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: JSC.Kipawa.
Route description: Victoria Road North (Rte 38, upstream from Guelph) to Story's Bridge (Sideroad 10 North).
Title at source: Speed River - Guelph.
CCR thread:
http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... 08&t=38180
Photos:
https://picasaweb.google.com/jscottc1/S ... directlink

Thames River. Information.
Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
http://www.chrs.ca/Rivers/Thames/Thames_e.htm
Thames River, Wikipedia entry.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_River_(Ontario)
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/wildlife/nwa/eng ... htm-e.html
Komoka Provincial Park.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/komo.html

Thames River. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
Route description: Beachville to Ingersoll.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/thames.htm#20040508

Thames River. Online, Journal.
Author: Darren Cope.
Route description: Innerkip to Centreville.
http://dmcope.freeshell.org/thames.htm

Thames River, London to Chatham. Online, Journal.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Can-you.
Route description: London, Delaware, Muncey, Middlemiss, Big Bend Conservation Area, Wardsville, Moraviantown, Chatham.
Title at source: London - Chatham trip in 3 days.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=17625

Thames River. Online, Photos.
Source: Canadian Canoe Routes, Ontario Forum.
Author: Dooer.
Route description: Springbank Park to Delaware.
Title at source: Thames Springbank park -> Delaware April 11 2009.
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/view ... 08&t=32732

Thames River; London to Delaware. Guide.
Source: Callan, Kevin. (A Paddler’s Guide to) Weekend Wilderness Adventures in Southern Ontario, Boston Mills Press, Erin (2004).
Also Callan, Kevin. Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario. Firefly Books, Richmond Hill and Buffalo (2011).
Route description: Springbank Dam (London) to Delaware (Hwy 2).

Wallaceburg Water Trails. Information.
Source: paddling.net
Author: Michael Cowtan.
Contents: Description of the area, with the following link to more information:
http://www.wallaceburgtrails.com/trails/water/ (includes Sydenham River).
http://www.paddling.net/places/showReport.html?2132