The Old Ausable Channel is 14 kilometres (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) for Species at Risk
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA)

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