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Port Elgin Harbour Status

Posted on Monday May 01, 2017

Harbour Project Update as of May 26, 2017

Significant progress has been made in the last week.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is diligently working to stabilize and encapsulate the harbour wall from the southern pier to the end of the fueling area in front of the Harbourlite restaurant.  It is an important step in the life of the harbour and will ensure the integrity of the harbour wall, while providing a safe and reliable harbour for the future of boating in Saugeen Shores.  Due to unforeseen challenges, the project has fallen behind schedule.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Town of Saugeen Shores apologizes for the inconvenience this is causing. The anticipated completion date is early June.  Please keep in mind this is an active construction site. We appreciate your patience as we work towards a completed harbour.

NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE behind the fencing.

You risk the Ministry of Labour issuing a stop work order if unauthorized individuals are found with the fenced area.

Work on Weekends

To expedite the work schedule; some work may be occurring on weekends. If so, this will end by mid-day.

Fuel

Staff will arrange a fuel truck to be brought on site to provide both gas and diesel fuels if demand requires it.  Boaters MUST arrange an appointment to fuel up.  Please contact the Harbour Master to identify your requirements.  No other fueling arrangement are permitted within the harbour. No jerry cans or direct arrangements with fuel suppliers are permitted.

Pump Out

The pump out service will be available on Saturday May 27. Fees for pump out will be waived during the construction period.

Washroom Locations

Beach Housewashroom at the south end is OPEN but remains locked from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 am daily.

A washroom trailer has been installed near the south end of the Harbour in the parking lot. This is boaters only; keys will be on B and C docks. Please keep washroom locked.

Fish Station washrooms and showers at the north end are OPEN

Washrooms will be locked at night with boaters only having access to keys. 

All Docks

All dock repairs are complete and all services and operations are restored.

Harbour Office

The temporary Harbour Office is locating south of the parking lot in the Beach House. 

Staff are on site from 8:30-4:30 every day (7 days a week).

Nuisance Goose Management 

To reduce the attractiveness of the harbour and surroundings to geese staff are deploying several techniques.

  1. A temporary fence (orange plastic) has been installed at the water’s edge to make it more difficult for geese to move between the water and grass, especially for the young and when the adults are molting.
  2. A hedge will be planted this season to create a natural fence along the water’s edge (to replace the orange fence).
  3. Later in the season additional temporary fencing will be constructed in the open grass areas to disrupt flyways and viewscapes making the areas less attractive to geese.
  4. Additional trees and shrubs will be planted to disrupt goose flyways and viewscapes.
  5. Grass length adjacent the harbour will be maintained longer to make it less attractive feed. 

Any questions or concerns, please contact

Mark McAuley, Harbour Master at 519-832-6535 or email mark.mcauley@saugeenshores.ca

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Harbour Project Update as of  May 19, 2017

Significant progress has been made in the last week.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is diligently working to stabilize and encapsulate the harbour wall from the southern pier to the end of the fueling area in front of the Harbourlite restaurant.  It is an important step in the life of the harbour and will ensure the integrity of the harbour wall, while providing a safe and reliable harbour for the future of boating in Saugeen Shores.  Due to unforeseen challenges, the project has fallen behind schedule.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Town of Saugeen Shores apologizes for the inconvenience this is causing. The anticipated completion date is early June.  Please keep in mind this is an active construction site. We appreciate your patience as we work towards a completed harbour.

NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE behind the fencing.

You risk the Ministry of Labour issuing a stop work order if unauthorized individuals are found within the fenced area.

Work on Weekends

To expedite the work schedule; some work may be occurring on weekends. If so, work will end by mid-day.

Fuel

Staff will arrange a fuel truck to be brought on site to provide both gas and diesel fuels if demand requires it.  The truck will be located along the east wall in front of the condos.  There will be a floating service dock with a spill kit on hand. Boaters MUST arrange an appointment to fuel up.  Please contact Mark McAuley, Harbour Master, at 519-832-6535 or email mark.mcauley@saugeenshores.ca to identify your requirements.

Pump Out Service

The pump out service will be available on Saturday May 27. Fees for pump out will be waived during the construction period.

Washroom Locations

Beach Housewashroom at the south end is OPEN but remains locked from 12:00 midnight to 7:00 am daily.

A washroom trailer has been installed near the south end of the Harbour in the parking lot. This is boaters only; keys will be on B and C docks. Please keep washroom locked.

Fish Station washrooms and showers at the north end are OPEN

Washrooms will be locked at night with boaters only having access to keys. 

All Docks

All dock repairs are complete and all services and operations are restored.

Harbour Office

The temporary Harbour Office is located south of the parking lot in the Beach House washroom building. 

Staff are on site from 8:30-4:30 daily (7 days a week).

Nuisance Goose Management

To reduce the attractiveness of the harbour and surroundings to geese we are deploying several techniques.

  1. A temporary fence (orange plastic) has been installed at the water’s edge to make it more difficult for geese to move between the water and grass, especially for the young and when the adults are molting.
  2. A hedge will be planted this season to create a natural fence along the water’s edge (to replace the orange fence).
  3. Later in the season additional temporary fencing will be constructed in the open grass areas to disrupt flyways and viewscapes making the areas less attractive to geese.
  4. Additional trees and shrubs will be planted to disrupt goose flyways and viewscapes.
  5. Grass length adjacent the harbour will be maintained longer to make it less attractive feed. 

For any questions or concerns, please contact:

Mark McAuley, Harbour Master at 519-832-6535 or email mark.mcauley@saugeenshores.ca

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Harbour Project Update as of May 12, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is diligently working to stabilize and encapsulate the harbour wall from the southern pier to the end of the fueling area in front of the Harbourlite restaurant.  It is an important step in the life of the harbour and will ensure the integrity of the harbour wall, while providing a safe and reliable harbour for the future of boating in Saugeen Shores.  Due to unforeseen challenges, the project has fallen behind schedule.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Town of Saugeen Shores apologizes for the inconvenience this is causing. The anticipated completion date is early June.  Please keep in mind this is an active construction site. We appreciate your patience as we work towards a completed harbour.

NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE behind the fencing.

You risk the Ministry of Labour issuing a stop work order if unauthorized individuals are found with the fenced area.

Fuel 

Staff has arranged a fuel truck to be brought on site to provide both gas and diesel fuels.  The truck will be located along the east wall in front of the condos.  There will be a floating service dock with a spill kit on hand. Boaters MUST arrange an appointment to fuel up.  Please contact Mark McAuley, Harbour Master, at 519-832-6535 or email mark.mcauley@saugeenshores.ca to book a time.

Pump Out Service

The pump out service will be available on Saturday May 27. Fees for pump out will be waived during the construction period.

Washroom Locations

Beach House washrooms at the south end are OPEN.

Fish Station washrooms and showers at North end are OPEN

Staff are arranging to have portable washrooms placed by the promenade for BOATERS ONLY.

Washrooms will be locked at night with boaters only having access to keys.

All Docks

All dock repairs are complete and all services and operations are restored.

Harbour Office

The temporary Harbour Office is locating south of the parking lot in the Beach House. 

Staff are on site from 8:30-4:30 every day (7 days a week).

Any questions or concerns, please contact:

Mark McAuley, Harbour Master at 519-832-6535 or email mark.mcauley@saugeenshores.ca

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Harbour Status Update as of May 1, 2017

The Department of Fisheries and Ocean's undertook a major construction project this winter at the Port Elgin Harbour which will result in a significant improvement in the facility. Work is continuing into May which will result in some service disruptions. We apologize for these disruptions and look forward to opening all facilities as soon as possible.

All Harbour facilities are operating with the exception of: 

B and C Dock – docks open, no potable water at slips due to construction. Estimated operational date: May 3rd

G Dock – dock open, no electricity due to winter damage.  Estimated operational date: May 5th

G and F Dock - open but uneven decking due to winter ice damage. Estimated repair date: May 5th

Harbour Office and washroom - closed due to construction.  Estimated operational date: May 19th

  • North parking lot washroom is open
  • contact Harbourmaster for harbour operations @ 226-930-1319
  • Harbour staff will be on site daily 8:30am-4:30pm
  • contact Town office for slip rental and fee payments @519-832-2008x131

Fuel and Pumpouts - Closed due to construction, estimated operational date May 29th

Alternatives for Fuel and Pumpouts:

  1. Dunlop Fuels 1-888-386-2767 may be able to arrange fuel delivery, contact directly to discuss this possibility.
  2. Kincardine Marina (519-396-4336) located 30km south of Port Elgin Harbour.

For more information on this Department of Fisheries and Ocean's project, please see Renovation Beginning at Port Elgin Harbour.