Cross-River Fencing



Livestock owners typically need to fence off their waterways to prevent cattle from wandering away. Fencing off the river, however, is a safety concern for recreational river users.

An Ontario canoeist received a shock after canoeing into an electric fence hung over the Nith River near Kitchener. The safety and accessibility of waterways and the need for exclusion fencing for riparian livestock management is a source of contention between farmers and river users. The wire fence Peter hung across the river was frequently cut by avid canoeists.

The SRRCD found an innovative response to the concerns on both sides of the fence. The SRRCD Cross-River Fence is made up of a steel cable strung high above the river. The cable is raised above the water level and plastic PVC pipes hanging from the cable are spaced apart to create a ‘curtain’ effect.

The curtain effect of the pipes acts as a visual barrier to deter livestock from wandering away. It also allows canoeists to safely manoeuver through the pipes that hang freely in the water. The pipe assembly consists of a wire that is threaded through a drilled hole in the pipe and looped around the steel cable. The pipes are spaced one foot apart and secured in place to a rope threaded through the wire loops. The rope is used to pull the curtain of pipes back into the riverbank to allow snowmobilers and cross-country skiers safe access along the waterway in winter.

The SRRCD Cross-River Fence program is unique to Canada. The SRRCD can help you implement a cross-river fence project for your livestock operation. The SRRCD will build, assemble, identify with safety markings, and cover the cost of materials up to $1,000. Landowners are responsible for installing the fence anchor posts and opening and closing the pipe curtain for spring/winter.

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Cross-River Fence Application Form