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Are you wondering why there are so many dead fish in the Old Ausable Channel? Download OAC Fish WinterKill (pdf) for an explanation

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OAC Management Plan
... A pdf version of the OAC Management Plan is available for download. This document was unveiled at a public meeting in Grand Bend on April 19th, 2008.more>

Old Ausable Channel

The Old Ausable Channel is 14 km in length and runs south from Grand Bend through Pinery Provincial Park to the Ausable River Cut at Port Franks. It was created as a result of a series of diversions that occurred on the main Ausable River.


The Friends of the Old Ausable Channel is a non-profit organization that was created to help preserve and support this unique and valuable natural habitat.

Water Quality

Old Ausable Channel
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority and Pinery Provincial Park collected water samples to test the water quality of the Old Ausable Channel monthly from March – November 2006. 


OAC Factsheet Fish
(pdf) and Fish Species List (word doc)
The Old Ausable Channel provides a habitat for numerous reptiles and amphibians, mussels, aquatic mammals and birds, including some species at risk.

Plant Life

"The Aliens are Among Us"
View Slideshow
Many different types of aquatic plant life can be found in the Old Ausable Channel and along the banks of the Channel.

Grand Bend Community Foundation Cheque Presentation

Grand Bend Community Foundation Donation for Implementation of the OAC Management Plan in 2008

The photo shows Dave Bannister (left), Chair of the Grand Bend Community Foundation, and Pat Morden (right), Vice Chair, presenting the $15,000 grant to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Accepting the cheque at centre is Kari Killins, Aquatic Biologist with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) and Coordinator of the Old Ausable River Channel Watershed Long-Term Management Plan.
Download Media Release(Word Document)

Thank you to the funding partners for the OAC Management Project

Grand Bend Community Foundation
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
Gov of Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP)
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

and also ...
Numerous local groups and volunteers that have offered their in-kind time and services

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