Big Creek Paddle Route

The Big Creek paddle route has quickly become known as 'Canada's Amazon.'

Two kayakers paddling downstream in the rain.

This gentle meandering waterway winds south through the Carolinian forests of Norfolk County into the Big Creek National Wildlife Area, an internationally recognized marsh and wetland, and finally empties into Long Point Inner Bay.

There are numerous put-in locations for Big Creek, which are all identified on the maps available on this page. The first put-in location is on McDowell Road, and it is approximately 40km to the Inner Bay of Long Point from this location. From start to finish this route can take up to 12 hours to complete, depending on your physical ability and skill level. Other put-in locations include Rowan Mills Conservation Area and Lower Big Creek Conservation Area. All other property surrounding Big Creek is private property, please do not trespass on private property. There is one final access point before the Inner Bay at Port Royal, just outside of Port Rowan.

Start Location: 
McDowell Road

Open May 15 - October 15 annually.

Notes and Cautions: 

During different levels of flow throughout the year, Big Creek may be difficult to navigate. In high water, the currents can be strong so do not canoe in the creek. In low water, there are more exposed logs and rocks, so caution is needed. There is a mandatory portage in the vicinity of Rowan Mills Conservation Area. You must exit the canoe at the portage sign. Please do not attempt to walk on the log jam.


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