Log, Line and Anchor: Creating Fish Habitat on the Mad River Part 1

Event Details

July 12th, 2019, 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM

Minesing Wetlands - Minesing Bird Tower, Ontario
Habitat Restoration

Looking to get your feet wet in the fast-flowing world of river restoration? If so, Minesing Wetlands could use your help! Join NCC and the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) to create fish habitat and prevent jams along the Mad River by securing logs on the banks.

For this event, we’ll travel by canoe down the Mad River to reach our restoration sites within the wetlands. It’s guaranteed to be a satisfying, adventurous and wet day! This event is suitable for ages 14 and up.

If you’d like to carpool to the event, please click here to add your car or join a ride going to the event. Happy carpooling!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Minesing Wetlands – Minesing Bird Tower

Just 20 km west of Barrie lies some of the largest and least disturbed wetlands in Southern Ontario. This rare marsh complex has been recognized by the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan as a key area for conservation. NCC and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 ha.) of habitat in the region, attracting species such as great blue heron and the endangered spotted turtle.

NCC acquired lands in Minesing Wetlands with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

We will travel by canoes on the narrow Mad River, locate loose logs, climb into the river (wearing chest waders and life jackets), and secure the logs to the stream banks. This will create valuable aquatic habitat and prevent future jams. We will paddle approximately 4-6 km downstream to the work site and back upstream to the launch location (8-12 km round trip). Work includes bending, pounding and digging. Moderate to advanced paddling skills are required. The Minesing Wetlands live up to their name, so be ready to get wet, work hard, and have fun!

Why you will love it

Staying dry is overrated! At this event you will enjoy voyaging deep into the Minesing Wetlands and then climbing right in for a close-up of the streambank and its many residents. By the end of the event, the river’s edge will be on its way to providing new native habitat for fish and other wildlife, water retention and soil stabilization.


Contact Brittany Hope, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Brittany.hope@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

This event will proceed rain or shine, so please dress for the conditions and bring a change of dry clothes in a water-tight bag.
No previous experience is required but participants should be proficient paddlers and be comfortable in and around water. This event is not suitable for new or beginner paddlers.
Due to the remote nature of this event, participants must be committed to staying with the group for the duration of the event (9:15 am – 3:30 pm).
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

Strenuous work will be required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
We need you to bring some tools
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Closed-toe shoes (rubber boots recommended)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Full change of dry clothes
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Life jacket (if you have one)
  • Chest waders (if you have them)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication