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 Channel is fed only by precipitation, groundwater and small amounts of runoff. Thus, the Channel is slow flowing in the spring and has virtually no flow by July. The Old Ausable Channel habitat is shifting from a pond like ecosystem to a more terrestrial ecosystem.


Thank you to the funding partners for OAC Management:

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation
Environment and Climate Change Canada Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

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