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Fishing at Jordan Harbour


Large Left Image: Lake Ontario Salmon (Morgan Stanford);  Top Right Image: Jordan Harbour Marina (G. Greenall); Mid Right Image: Jordan Harbour Winter Pike (Morgan Stanford);  Bottom Right Image: Brown Trout (John Vaulk).

General Information

Jordan Harbourside Marina is a great fishing destination. It is located off of the North Service Road in Jordan. The harbour flows onto shores of Lake Ontario and the mouth of the Twenty Mile Creek. Jordan Harbour offers a great range of fishing adventures. You are able to boat, walk, hike, fly fish, and sport fish. It is a great place for everyone including families and professional anglers.

At Jordan Harbour and Twenty Mile Creek you can expect to catch:

Migratory Species- rainbow trout, brown trout, Chinook Salmon, Coho salmon, lake trout.

Resident Species- yellow perch, black crappie, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, northern pike, carp, freshwater drum.


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Hours of Operation

April- May 24
Monday - Thursday    9:00 am - 6:00 pm    Friday - Saturday    9:00am - 7:00 pm
May 24 Weekend -  Labour Day
Monday - Thursday     9:00 am - 7:00 pm        Friday - Saturday    9:00 am - 8: 00 pm
May 24- Labour Day - Monday to Thursday 9 am - 7 pm Friday and Saturday 9 am - 8 pm
After Labour Day until October, hours of operation are back to Mon-Thurs 9-6 and Fri- Sat 9-7


From Toronto:

QEW East
QEW exit 57, Vineland (Victoria Avenue)
Right (West) on South Service Road
Right (North) at lights on Vicoria Avenue
Right (East) on North Service Road
Left (North) into Beacon Harbourside Marina at the Beacon Harbourside Best Western Hotel and Restaurant. Marina is behind building.

From Niagara Falls
QEW West
QEW Exit 55 for Jordan Road towards Jordan Station
Left at North Service Road
Destination will be on the right at the Beacon Harbourside Best Western Hotel and Restaurant. The Marina is behind the building.


All anglers must possess a valid fishing license.
Please refer to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to review current laws, licenses and regulations, on fishing times, as well as locations.
Please be advised that there is no fishing within the walls of the harbour during the open water season due to boat traffic. It is not recommended for fly fisherpersons to wade into the water - due to boat traffic and swimmers.
Please abide by the 'catch and release' fishing policy. Thank you.


Jordan Harbour is recognized primarily by the big iron ship located within the walls of the harbour. This ship has been docked for years.
The story behind the ship involves a rich man who wanted to sail the Great Lakes but somehow went bankrupt. He docked his ship for the final time at Jordan Harbour and never returned. Orignially this was a legal issue but then turned into a tourists attraction. Sadly, a few years ago it caught on fire which has left it looking ragged and burnt. The ship cannot be accessed by the public for safety reasons.



Jordan Harbour is recognized as an Environmentally Significant Area which is defined as "...those natural landscapes including those lands and waters of inherent biological sensitivity, such as those areas containing aquifer recharges, headwaters, unusual plants, wildlife or landforms, breeding or overwintering habitats, vital ecological functions, rare or endangered species or other combinations of habitat and landform which could be valuable for scientific research or conservation education" (Brady, Rick, 1979).

Biota: Consistent with Carolinian life zone plants.


Geomorphology: The bedrock underlying the Twenty Mile Creek between Ball's Falls and the Jordan Harbour was formed approximately 405-500 million years ago during the Ordovician and Silurian Periods of the Paleozoic Era. The Geomorphology of Ball's Falls is recognized as being especially significant in that the complete Silurian bedrock stratification of the Niagara Peninsula is present. The two falls in this area expose a significant portion of this bedrock. It is one of the most unique features in the Niagara Peninsula.
Of all creeks in the Niagara Peninsula emptying into Lake Ontario, the Twenty Mile Creek has the largest drainage area. It drains a total area of approximately 315.86 square kilometers over its 79 kilometer length. The creek meanders over the clays of the Haldimand Clay Plain which, due to the flatness of its terrain and its impermeable surface, causes rapid runoff and a very low baseflow of the Creek's waters. In turn, the Twenty Mile Creek exhibits enormous runoff in the spring and virtually no water flow in the summer months.

Water quality is considered to be poor, but its condition is gradually improving. Pollution influxes from agricultural pesticides and fertilizers along with contaminants from faulty residential septic tank systems and sedimentation are the main pollution sources affecting the water quality of the Twenty Mile Creek.

In addition, the Jordan Marsh is the largest marsh on the north shore of the Niagara Peninsula, covering 187.9 acres and for this reason is also considered to be a significant feature of the Twenty Mile Creek study area. Preservation of this marsh is essential because any significant disturbance to its natural ecological processes can lead to higher peak flows, a lower groudwater table, and increased nutrient loading in the Twenty Mile Creek.

This information has been retrived from Twenty Mile Creek Corridor: From Ball's Falls to Jordan Harbour.


Jordan Harbour opens to Lake Ontario as well as the 20 Mile Creek. You are able to walk, boat, fish, hike and bike around this general area. The waters may be rough outside of the marina's walls. Caution is to be practiced.


Summer  July - September     Bass and steelhead fishing throughout Niagara
Spring and Fall Run – Salmon come to the mouth of the rivers to spawn and then the steelhead follow to eat their eggs. As well, trout will migrate to eat the salmon eggs and to the mouth of the river to feed. This is a great time to catch some large and beautiful fish!
Winter    January - March.    Rainbow and brown trout are available to catch, as well as perch and pike. Jordan Harbour may offer an easier location to access.

Regardless of the season you won’t be disappointed by the excellent fishing in the Niagara Region.

Adjacent Land Uses

The land surrounding the Twenty Mile Creek is used predominantly for agriculture.
The area below the Escarpment is utilized for tender fruits  such as peaches, sweet cherries and grapes.

Further Information



The Niagara River is designated as a zone to be managed and patrolled with certain regulations and enforcements by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Zone 19. The Upper Niagara River is designated as part of Ontario’s Zone 19 which is upstream from “the falls” to the Peace Bridge.
Zone 20. The Lower Niagara River is designated as part of Ontario’s Zone 20 which is downstream from “the falls” to Lake Ontario.

Niagara River Game Fish Species  Zones & Season:
Game Fish Species :  
 Walleye Zone 19, Open all year / Zone 20, Jan. 1 to Mar. 1 and 1st Sat. in May to Dec. 31
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Zones 19 & 20, 4th Saturday in June to Nov. 30
 Northern Pike Zone 19, Open all year / Zone 20, 1st Saturday in May to Dec. 31.
  Muskellunge Zones 19 & 20, 3rd Saturday in June to Dec. 15
 Yellow Perch Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Crappie Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Sunfish Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Brown Trout Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Rainbow Trout Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Lake Trout Zones 19 & 20, Jan. 1 to Sept.30 and Dec. 1 to Dec. 31
 Pacific Salmon Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 Atlantic Salmon Zones 20, Open all year
 LakeWhitefish Zones 19 & 20, Open all year
 LakeSturgeon Zones 19 & 20, Closed all year in the river
 Channel Catfish Zones 19 & 20, Open all year


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Ownership & Management

Beacon Harbourside Marina


Gas, diesel, pumpout; power and water at about half the transient slips; washrooms, showers, laundry facilities, ice, swimming pool, children's play area, gazebo with picnic tables, double-wide launch ramp. You can anchor in the basin, which has a sandy bottom.

The Best Western Beacon Harbourside Inn & Conference Centre, behind the marina, has on-shore accommodations and a bar and restaurant. For a modest fee, marina guests can use the resort's indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool.

The Best Western Beacon Harbourside Resort, located just behind the marina, offers a menu that includes surf and turf, prime rib, seafood platters, veal parmigiana and pastas, as well as lighter fare. There's a deluxe buffet on Thursday evenings and a seafood buffet on Fridays. The Beacon Resataurant overlooks the water, with a patio for outdoor dining. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday brunch; licensed; pianist on Fri., Sat. and Sun.

Admission Fee

Admission fee is dependent upon the time of year and if you are docking a boat. Public access is permitted in various sections of the Twenty Mile Creek. The Ball's Falls Conservation area, Jordan Harbour, and the Jordan Marsh are the areas of particular interest in the region. Driving accessibility to dock station. Able to walk to lake and marina shores.


Docks are accessible for wheelchair. Caution on slippery and wet surfaces.


Beacon Harbourside Marina
2793 North Service Road
Jordan, Ontario
L0R 1S0 Municipality Town of Lincoln



GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.183635
Longitude -79.366286
UTM easting 632885
UTM northing 4782285


Beacon Harbourside Marina
2793 North Service Road
Jordan, Ontario
L02 1S0
Tel 905-562-7888
Website http://www.bwbeacon.com/marina.htm

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