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Canoe/Kayak day trips

Paddle Robertson Lake in Lanark Highlands

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready!  We will paddle Robertson Lake near Lavant. The route is # 13 on MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys map/guide. This Lanark Highlands lake is picturesque and relaxing.

Car-pooling: East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for take-off at 9:00 a.m.; West Lanark: meet at Hopetown General Store at 9:15 a.m.

Bring:  lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, etc. You must also be equipped with proper safety gear, life jackets, whistle, bailing bucket, heaving line, etc.

You must pre-register for this event. You may bring a friend or two. For registration and information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or email:    If you need a partner, call Cliff.

In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Cliff before 8:00 a.m. to confirm.

Fall colours on MVFN's 2014 fall paddle. photo B. Boyd

Fall colours on MVFN’s 2014 fall paddle. photo B. Boyd

Paddle Park Lake

Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready for MVFN’s second August paddle!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Car Pooling:  East Lanark, meet at Union Hall for departure at 9 A.M. West Lanark, meet at Hopetown for departure at  9:15 A.M.

Bring: lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, sun screen etc. Ensure you are equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line etc.

Pre-registration: You must register for this event. MVFN membership must be up-to-date. You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

For registration and information, please contact Cliff Bennett (trip leader) at 613-256-5013 or 

In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Cliff before 8 A.M. to confirm.

MVFN August Paddle on the Clyde River 

As an osprey family watched from its nesting site, eleven vessels (7 canoes and 4 kayaks) set forth from the River Park launch site in the historical village of Lanark on Sunday, August 7, 2016.  Led by Howard and Mary Robinson, the group first paddled down-river then turned at the dam in the village to travel up-river towards Kerr Lake, catching a welcome cooling breeze.  With the Clyde River at an all-time low, many docks and boats were high and dry, however, the painted turtles enjoyed the sun on rocks now emerged above the water.  Herons, waterfowl, and other birds were plentiful and in Kerr Lake we were thrilled to see or hear two black terns.  The full list of bird species follows.  After our picnic lunch on shore we continued up the Clyde River, but the low water prevented us from travelling beyond the Clydesville bridge to the rapids, as we had done on previous outings.  So with the wind on our backs, we returned to the launch site, then on to Lanark Landing - a welcome spot to enjoy refreshments after a hot, but enjoyable, time on the water.

~ Mary Robinson~

Clyde River Canoe, paddling upstream. Photo Howard Robinson

Clyde River Canoe, paddling upstream. Photo Howard Robinson

Birds seen or heard during the outing:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Cedar Waxwing
  3. Osprey
  4. Common Grackle
  5. Rock Pigeon
  6. Red-eyed Vireo
  7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  8. Red-winged Blackbird
  9. American Goldfinch
  10. American Crow
  11. Blue Jay
  12. Eastern Kingbird
  13. Great Crested Flycatcher
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Belted Kingfisher
  16. Great Blue Heron
  17. Song Sparrow
  18. Green Heron
  19. Killdeer
  20. Wood Duck
  21. Ring-billed Gull
  22. Black Tern
  23. Mallard
  24. Common Loon
  25. Black-capped Chickadee
  26. Barn Swallow
  27. Ring-necked Duck
  28. American Robin
  29. American Black Duck
Photo Howard Robinson

Photo Howard Robinson

More paddling upstream. Photo Howard Robinson

More paddling upstream. Photo Howard Robinson

A perched Green Heron. Photo Howard Robinson

A perched Green Heron. Photo Howard Robinson

MVFN paddle on the Clyde River at Lanark

Our next day paddle will be on the Clyde River. This canoe trip is as described in our Lanark County Canoe/Kayak Journeys guide. It is #12.

Date: Sunday August 7, 2016

Car-pooling: Meet at Union Hall for departure at 9 a.m. Or, meet at the River Park launch site in Lanark village at 9:30 a.m. Please advise at time of registration if you plan to meet at the launch site.

Bring:  Life jackets and safety kit (mandatory), binoculars, lunch and insect repellant.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. For registration and further information, please contact Howard or Mary Robinson at 613-256-0817 or

If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Howard or Mary and they will try to match you up.

In case of unsuitable weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Howard or Mary no later than 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning to confirm.

Clyde River Canoe, 2011. Photo Howard Robinson

Clyde River Canoe, 2011. Photo Howard Robinson

Summer Paddle and Aquatic Invasive Species Survey on Mississippi Lake

Paddle the creeks and bays of Mississippi Lake and take part in a “first of this kind for this area” citizen-science project. Working in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA), we will take part in an Invasive Aquatic Species Survey.

Our goal is to canoe all seven creeks which flow into the lake, collect samples of five known aquatic invasive species and report back to the MVCA offices by 12:30 pm. We will deliver the samples and information we have gathered, have lunch and hear an analysis of our work.

Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Time:  8:30 am

Meeting place: We will meet at the MVCA offices building on Highway 7, Carleton Place, for donuts and coffee, orientation and reporting kits. We will need at least eight canoe/kayak groups.

Bring: You will need the usual required canoe safety equipment, water, lunch, a pen or pencil, sunscreen etc.

You must pre-register for this event. For information and to register, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256 5013 or . In case of foul weather, the paddle will take place on Sunday, July 10.

If you have a canoe and need a partner or, if you would like to partner with someone who has a canoe, please contact Cliff.

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