The Long Point Region watershed takes in an area drained by more than 30 creeks and tributaries. These creeks drain an area of 2,782 sq. km (1,080 sq miles) in portions of Brant, Elgin, Haldimand, Norfolk and Oxford counties.

Major communities include Port Burwell and Straffordville in Elgin County; Norwich and Tillsonburg in Oxford County; Delhi, Waterford, Simcoe and Port Dover in Norfolk County; and Jarvis and Hagersville in Haldimand County.

The watershed has been divided into six main subwatershed areas: Big Otter Creek, South Otter/Clear Creek, Big Creek, Dedrick/Young/Hay Creek, Lynn River/Black Creek and Nanticoke/Sandusk/Stoney Creek. All of the subwatersheds drain directly into Lake Erie. Each subwatershed has unique features relative to their land base and land use that affect the health of the overall Long Point Region watershed.

Quick Facts:

  • The Long Point Region watershed is located in south western Ontario, being almost 100km at its widest and 60km running north to south.
  • The watershed includes approximately 200 km of Lake Erie shoreline, including the internationally renowned Long Point sand spit.
  • The combined length of all streams and tributaries in the watershed is over 3,700 km.
  • There are 3 major physiographic regions in the watershed: the Norfolk Sand Plain, the Haldimand Clay Plain and the Horseshoe Moraine/Mount Elgin Ridges.
  • The Long Point Region has amongst the highest density of Provincial Permits To Take Water. Most of these permits are for agricultural irrigation.
  • The Long Point wetland complex, which includes the wetlands at the mouth of Big Creek, covers 75 square kilometres on its own. This wetland is internationally recognized under the Ramsar Convention and as the Long Point Biosphere Reserve.
  • The Long Point Region watersheds fall within the Deciduous Forest Region of Canada, also known as the Carolinian Forest Zone. There are significant forest pockets that include species such as Tulip tree, Black Gum, Sassafras, Black Oak, and Cucumber Tree. These tree species are rare in Canada and occur naturally only in southern parts of Ontario north of Lake Erie.
  • There are 85 species at risk found in the Long Point Region watershed area, including 14 reptiles and amphibians, 30 birds and insects, 14 fish and mollusks, 23 plants and mosses and 4 mammals.

Long Point Region Watershed Area Map