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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

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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.

Salmon Derby

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

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:

Angus Arena - 8529 County Road 10, Angus - 705-424-9303
Essa Township Administration Office - 5786 County Rd 21, Utopia - 705-424-9770
Naturally for You Health Store - 65 King 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. 

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. ​​

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. 

I'm a resident of Essa Township and over the age of 65, do I need to purchase an Access Pass?

No,  Essa residents over the age of 65 can visit a designated location to receive a complimentary  Access Pass.  (Does not include entry into Salmon Derby.)​ You will be required to show proof of residency. 

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 705-424-9303.