Cameron Lake Barrier-Free Site

In 2013, the ARA decided to approach the Province of Nova Scotia regarding a plot of Crown land adjacent to Cameron Lake in Pinevale, Antigonish County, that was not being utilized. The idea was to develop the site to include a boat launch and easy access fishing site for the community as Cameron Lake has historically been a popular family fishing site and is stocked regularly by the Fraser’s Mills Fish Hatchery. The Province agreed and the ARA acquired appropriate funding to complete the project. The ARA decided to expand the site in 2021 to be a more inclusive space for the public. This expansion included an accessible ramp and floating dock, picnic shelter and table within and a larger parking area. The site was completed at the end of 2022 with financial support from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, the Province of Nova Scotia’s Sportfish Habitat Fund, Community ACCESS-Ability Grant and the Community Recreation Capital Grant. Other supports for this project were the Antigonish Kinsmen Club, Bird Construction and as always, all the ARA volunteers who keep the site maintained and monitoring usage throughout the year.

Fishing Line Disposal Units

In 2021, ARA President, Tim Handforth, reached out to an organization based out of Manitoba called Clear Your Gear that supplies fishing line disposal units to install at highly used recreational fishing sites. The ARA acquired 5 units and installed them around the County of Antigonish:

  1. Lower Barney’s River – Shore Road & Piedmont Valley Road Access Point
  2. Livingstone Cove Wharf – Livingstone Cove Wharf Road Access Point
  3. Dunn’s Beach Wharf – Southside Harbour Road Parking Area Across Bridge Access Point
  4. Cameron Lake Barrier-Free Site– Pinevale Road
  5. Lower South River – Eagles Nest Access Point off the Old Highway

Designated Angler Parking Sites

Currently, the ARA has one designated parking site located at the Six Maples Farm in Addington Forks with access to the West River. This site provides designated parking for 2-3 vehicles right off the Addington Forks Road and has signage posted. This was an agreement between the land owners and the ARA to help keep vehicles and people off the fields, but still allow access to the West River. Thanks to Alicia & Danny, owners of the Six Maples Farm for providing continued access for anglers to the West River!

If you know of a landowner who would like to work with ARA to create a similar space on their property, please reach out.