Water Levels in Wildwood Reservoir can change on a regular basis! Please use extreme caution when boating! For information on water levels please visit www.thamesriver.on.ca/River_Levels/WildwoodRes_levels_start_page.htm
Wildwood is home to many different types of fish! Check out our Visitor's Guide for more information. Before you come fishing please read Ontario's Fishing Regulations. Another good source of information is the 2011 Guide to Eating Ontario Sport Fish. Wildwood's information can be found here .
HOW ARE THE RESERVOIRS MANAGED?
Wildwood Reservoir was designed to control downstream flooding and to increase summer stream flows. The reservoir also provides a range of recreational opportunities enjoyed by thousands of people each year. However, the reservoirs cannot always be operated to satisfy both water management and recreational needs. Weather conditions often shift the balance between these two uses, usually to the disadvantage of recreation.
Wildwood Dam, completed in 1965 was built to assist in reducing flood damages in downstream communities and to improve flows. During dry summer and fall periods, water from these reservoirs is released to supplement stream flows downstream. This means that more water is released from the reservoirs than enters them, resulting in a steady drop in water levels from mid June to December. Thus, areas where boating is possible in the spring and early summer are no longer accessible in the late summer and fall due to lower water levels.
Water levels can rise significantly when large amounts of rain fall during a short period.