The tall limestone cliffs and turquoise water of the Bruce Peninsula provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Credit: Scott Parker
Sharing information on Best Management Practices is an important part of collaboration between the individuals, communities, watershed groups and governmental agencies at work for Lake Huron. Credit: BPBA
Exposed limestone bluffs at Cave Point, Bruce Peninsula.
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
Southern Ontario agriculture along Lake Huron’s southeast shore. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Sand beach and dune complexes are found along the southeastern shores, such as those pictured here near Pinery Provincial Park. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Lake Huron waters support a thriving agricultural sector, particularly in the southeastern portion of the watershed. Credit: Daniel Holm Photography
Volunteers engaged in stream restoration efforts in a Lake Huron tributary. Photo credit: MSIA
Rocky islands of eastern Georgian Bay. Photo credit: Ellen Perschbacher
The St. Marys River flows from Lake Superior to Lake Huron, contributing 8 billion liters/hour to the receiving basin in Lake Huron. Photo credit: Mark Chambers

The Southeast Shores of Lake Huron run from Sauble Beach down to Sarnia and include some of the best sandy beaches. Although closest to the larger urban centres of southern Ontario; this region also has some of the most intensive agriculture operations in the area. One of the most unique features of this region, the Carolinian Zone, is found south of Grand Ben, and contains numerous rare plants and animals, in addition to the Pinery Provincial Park which contains the globally rare Oak Savannah and freshwater coastal dunes ecosystems. Communities along the southeast shores of Lake Huron are working together to balance ecosystem objectives with a very important economic agricultural landscape.

Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches

A team of dedicated environmental professionals joined together in 2011 to coordinate actions aimed at improving overall water quality along the southeast shores of Lake Huron. This group is leading the Healthy Lake Huron – Clean Water, Clean Beaches campaign, a concerted effort to address nuisance algae concerns and to promote safe and clean beaches and shorelines from Sarnia to Tobermory.

Five key watersheds have been identified as priorities for immediate action. The group is now working together with local partners to develop and support the implementation of watershed management plans, with specific targeted actions, as well as monitoring and research needs, for each priority area.


Map of priority watersheds in the south-east shore.

Annual Summary Reports

Pine River (Pine River Watershed Initiative Network)

Garvey Glenn (Maitland Valley Conservation Authority)

North Bayfield (Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority)

Main Bayfield (Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority)

Lambton Shores Tributaries (St. Clair Region Conservation Authority)