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Welcome to Essa Township

Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

All Council meetings will be held electronically until further notice. Meetings will be live streamed to the Township of Essa's Youtube Channel .

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Fishing Parks and Locations

There are four designated Fishing Parks in the Township of Essa​. When fishing in Essa's Fishing Parks all individuals over the age of 18 require both a valid Outdoor Card with fishing tag and a Township of Essa Access Pass.

Essa Centennial Park​​​​​
Angus Community Park
Nottawasaga Fishing Park
Don Ross Drive Park

Please click HERE to view a map of these locations.

Parks U​se By-law

Do I require an Access Pass if...​

​I am a resident of Essa, between the age of 18-64 years.
​Yes, an access pass is required.
​I am not a resident of Essa, and over the age of 17 years.
​Yes, an access pass is required for all non-residents who are 18 years and older.
I am between the ages of 0-17 years?.
​No, an Access Pass is not required, whether you reside in Essa Township or not.
I am a resident of Essa, and have an Accessible Parking Permit.​​​Yes, however the fee is waived upon proof of the Accessible Parking Pass.
​I am not a resident of Essa, and have an Accessible Parking Pass.
​​Yes, an Access Pass is required, and the fee still applies.
​I am employed by the Military.
​Yes, an Access Pass is required, and the fee still applies.​

​Access Pass   ​​​

Fishing Access Pass
Option 1: $10.00 Day Fishing PassGood for one day only
Option 2: $40.00 Access Pass

Good from January 1st – December 31st of current year. 

This pass automatically enters you into the Annual Essa Riverbank Salmon Derby, which takes place the 3rd weekend in September.

Fishing Access Passes are available at the following locations:

  • ​Administration Centre ​- 5786 County Rd 21, Utopia - 705-424-9770
  • Angus Home Hardware - 17 King St, Angus - 705-424-9511​
  • Naturally for You Health Store - 21​1 Mill St​, Angus - 705-424-5511
  • Wolfs Den – 7560 8th Line, Utopia - 705-424-4867

Payment for Access Passes can also be made using "Online Re​gistration"

In order to purchase an Access Pass you will be required to present a valid Outdoor Card with fishing tag. 

Salmon Derby

To find out about the Annual Essa Salmon Derby, visit the Salmon Derby page.

​Fishing FAQ

Which Fisheries Management Zone is Essa Township located in ?

Essa Township is located in Fisheries Management Zone 16.  Rainbow Trout can be fished all year round from the Nottawasaga​ River.  For a map of where to fish for Rainbow Trout and Zone 16 regulations click here Fisheries Management Zone 16 Map. ​​

Please note that the Nottawasaga River from the Boyne River downstream (north) to the Pine River Rainbow Trout is catch and release ONLY (S-0 and C-0).

Where do I get an Outdoor card? ​

Outdoor Cards are issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Click here to visit their website for more information. 

Do I require an Access Pass to fish at the four designated Fishing Park?​

Yes, Access Passes are required in accordance with Essa Township By-law 2018-67 Fishing Access Passes. These passes can be requested at anytime when fishing in a designated Fishing Park.  Please note residents under the age of 18 do not require a Fishing Access Pass. 

Do I require an Access Pass to fish outside of a designated Fishing Park? 

When fishing from any municipally owned lands or parkland an Access Pass is required to fish. 

For more information on Access Passes, please contact the ​Parks and Recreation Department  at 705-424-9917​ ext 107.