The Shoal Harbour River system is comprised of four key elements: the main stream; main stem tributaries; two major ponds - Shoal Harbour Pond and Andrew's Pond; and the pond tributaries.

The main stem has a length of 19.4 km. Relative to other systems in Newfoundland, this river is not large.

The river system is a water shed area that has the capacity to hold large amounts of water due to the large barrens and bogs surrounding approximately 75% of Shoal Harbour Pond and approximately 30% percent of Andrew's Pond.

Shoal Harbour Pond has an average length of 2.5 km, and width of 1.5 km. It has two tributaries feeding it and the main stem starting from it. Andrew's Pond has an average length of 3.0 km and a width of 0.8 km. There are two tributaries feeding it, and one leading out into the main stem.

In addition to being a great swimming area, the Shoal Harbour Rivers is home to seven species

of fish. The River also feeds the new Water Treatment Plant that serves the community of over 5500 residents and over 250 businesses.

Feel free to visit the Water streamflow of Shoal Harbour River website from the Environment And Conservation Government of Newfoundland and Labrador by clicking here. On this website you will find Real Time Data on the following:

  • Water Temp Graph
  • Streamflow graph
  • Stage graph
  • Battery Voltage

The 7 Species of Shoal Harbour River

Atlantic Salmon (Salmon salar Linnaeus, 1758)
Premier sport fish in the river, early July to mid August run. They migrate up to the tributaries and the head waters of the Shoal Harbour Pond and Andrew's Pond.

Ouananiche (Salmo salar Linnaeus, 1758)
Land locked salmon, common in the larger tributaries of the ponds.

Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis Mitchill, 1815)
Also called Sea Trout, Mud Trout, Speckled Trout, Brookies. These are indigenous to the river and have great angler appeal.

Brown Trout (Salmo trutt Linnaeus, 1758)
Brown trout are caught in the river (not in great numbers). A late July to late August run makes them available in salmon season for the angler.

Rainbow Trout (Salmo gairdneri Richardson, 1836)
The rainbow (sometimes called steelhead trout) has an early March to mid-May run in the Shoal Harbour River. This also coincides with the salmon angling season.

Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus Linnaeus, 1758)
(3 spined) - Important food source for salmon parr and trout

Eels (Anguilla rostrata Lesueur, 1917) (American and Silver)
A species of no major importance in this system