The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Fishing Permits

Getting an NVCA fishing permit

NVCA Fishing Permits are required on NVCA-owned portions of the Minesing Wetlands, from the McKinnon Road access point to the Nottawasaga River. There has been a significant increase in fishing activity throughout the watershed and requiring a fishing permit allows NVCA to have a better understanding of the fishing pressure at this particular location.

The proceeds from the sale of NVCA’s Fishing Permits goes directly to the Conservation Lands programs and maintenance of NVCA’s conservation areas

To apply for a permit, complete the Fishing Permit Application Form below or visit NVCA’s Administration Office. Please note you will require a fishing license through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and must follow all seasons and regulations identified by MNRF.


NVCA Fishing Permit Fee: $54 + HST

NVCA fishing permits are valid for the calendar year, and are only valid in NVCA-owned portions of the Minesing Wetlands’ McKinnon Road access point. Contact us to find out more.

Contact Us

8195 8th Line
Utopia ON L0M 1T0

Contact us if you require the form in a different format.

Safety in the Wetlands

When fishing in the Minesing Wetlands, be sure to read our Minesing Safety Tips before heading out so you are prepared!

Fishing FAQs

What is included with an NVCA Fishing Permit?

​The NVCA Fishing Permit allows you to access Minesing Wetlands from the McKinnon access point for the purpose of fishing.

All anglers are required to observe property boundaries and not trespass on private property.

Do I need an OFAH membership to get a fishing pass?

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) membership are recommended for NVCA Fishing Permit holders. As a member of OFAH you are entitled to utilize public liability insurance policy​ if required

Do I still have to pay for parking with my Fishing Permit?

​The annual fee for parking is included in the cost of your permit. ​​​

Does my NVCA Hunting Permit allow me to fish?

No, your NVCA Hunting Permit does not allow you to fish on NVCA conservation areas. An NVCA Fishing Permit is still required. 

What else is required to fish the Nottawasaga River at McKinnon Road?

You are required to obtain a fishing license through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and follow all seasons and regulations identified by MNRF.

Can I use an ATV?

There is absolutely no wheeled vehicles like ATVs, dirt bikes, etc. permitted on NVCA lands.​

Is fishing on NVCA property catch and release only?

Any fish harvesting must follow MNRF seasons and regulations.​

Are children required to have an NVCA Fishing Permit?

Fishing Permits are required for individuals 18 years and older. Individuals 0-17 are not required to obtain an NVCA Fishing Permit.​

What can I expect to catch?

Species of interest at this location include: northern pike, rainbow trout and Chinook salmon, white sucker, longnose sucker, common carp and silver redhorse.

Can I rent ice huts, rods or boats through NVCA?

NVCA does not rent ice huts, rods or boats.

The Nottawasaga River is not suitable for ice huts.

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