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Mississippi River at Pakenham

Canoe/Kayak day trips

MVFN Fall Colours Paddle on White Lake

For our annual fall colours paddle we will travel route #7 as described in our MVFN Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys guide/map:

“West end White Lake is like northern lakes with rocky shores, beautiful island scenes, wetland coves and bays. Makes for interesting and peaceful meander along shores and around islands. Watch for unusual creek opening on north shore leading to falling brook. Interesting rock formations and wild flowers. Scan the skies for the bald eagle which nests in the region.”

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Trip Leader:  Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling: East Lanark meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.; West Lanark, meet at Hopetown, 9:15 a.m., OR, meet at the boat launch site at 9:30 a.m.

Bring: lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, camera, sun screen and water. You must also be equipped with proper flotation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. MVFN membership must be up-to-date. If you do not have your own canoe, we may be able to pair you up with a paddle partner. You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

For pre-registration and further information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-798-6295 or

NOTE: In case of adverse weather this event will be cancelled. If unsure on the morning of the paddle, please call Cliff before 8:00 a.m.

Fall paddle. photo Brenda Boyd

Fall paddle. photo Brenda Boyd

 

Sunny day perfect for MVFN field naturalists on Mississippi River

NOTE: The following report and photos re. the August 26th MVFN day-trip paddle were sent in by Howard and Mary Robinson. View this post on our MVFN Facebook page and if you were on the trip, add, in the comments,  any other nature observations you want to share.

Seven vessels (4 canoes and 3 kayaks) set out from the boat launch near the bridge at Country Road 15, paddling upstream on the Mississippi River towards Playfairville.  The river was full and high; the day bright, sunny and not too hot. It was a perfect day for MVFN field naturalists to be out observing nature and the changing landscape from the water’s edge.  We stopped for lunch in a soft maple woodland, then returned to our starting point enjoying an easier paddle travelling downstream with the current.

Below are the bird species seen or heard by some of the participants on the outing. Great Blue Herons were most plentiful and numerous Belted Kingfishers were rattling around on our journey.

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Crow

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Black Tern

Canada Goose

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Red-eyed Vireo

Eastern Phoebe

Common Loon

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Mourning Dove

Double-crested Cormorant

American Goldfinch

Ring-billed Gull

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Green Heron

Osprey

Pileated Woodpecker

~  Mary Robinson

Six of seven vessels in the  group. photo Howard Robinson

Six of seven vessels in the group. photo Howard Robinson

Great Blue Heron perches: August 26th on the banks of Mississippi River. photo Howard Robinson

Great Blue Heron perches: August 26th on the banks of Mississippi River. photo Howard Robinson

Beautiful day for paddling and exploring nature at the water's edge. Photo Howard Robinson

Beautiful day for paddling and exploring nature at the water’s edge. Photo Howard Robinson

Mississippi River Paddle

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Paddle the Mississippi River from the bridge at County Rd 15 upstream towards Playfairville and return. This is the upstream option of  Paddle  #4 in the MVFN brochure “Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys”. The journey passes by soft maple woodland, the Fall river inlet, Canadian shield countryside, and the inlet of the Clyde River.   Lunch will be on an island in the Mississippi River. The return downstream will take less time than the upstream journey.

Car Pooling Arrangements: Eastern Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure 8:30 am; Western Lanark: meet at the boat launch site for 9:00 A.M. The boat launch site is just off County Road 15 at 400-432 McIlquham Blair Rd, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0, opposite Mal’s Camping. The site can be searched on Google maps with coordinates 45.005120, -76.326053

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, insect repellant, sunscreen, swimming attire. You must also be equipped with mandatory life jackets and safety kit with bailer, whistle, flashlight and floating line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To register please email Howard & Mary @   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 at 613-256-0817 or

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Howard or Mary no later than 8:00 a.m. at 613-256-0817

MVFN Paddle on Pike Lake

Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready!

SATURDAY, August 12, 2017 (rain date Sunday, August 13)

We will follow paddle # 26 on MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys map/guide. Pike Lake is south of County Rd. #10 between Perth and Westport.  The launch site is near the dam in Grant’s Creek and from there we will paddle into Pike Lake. We will stay south through the islands and then return. We will lunch on one of the many islands.  There is an extensive wetland at the east end of the lake, and in one of the mainland bays there is usually a small sandy beach that is good for swimming.

Leader:  Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling: East Lanark, meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.; West Lanark, meet at Glen Tay Public School, 9:15 a.m.; or, meet at the boat launch site at 9:30 a.m.

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

Registration: You must pre-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 further information, please contact Brenda Boyd at:   or 613-256-2706.

In case of severe weather on the morning of the event, please call Brenda before 8:00 a.m. to confirm.  Rain date the next day, Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Tay River Paddle 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Time: Participants should meet at 9:30 AM at Last Duel Park, Perth, ON

Starting Point: Meet near the dock at Last Duel Park.  The park is located at 22 Craig Street in Perth, on the south shore of the Tay River. From Smiths Falls take Hwy #43 into Perth (Hwy becomes Craig Street in Perth) and turn left into the park immediately after crossing the Craig Street bridge over the Tay River. From Almonte or Carleton Place travelling east through the town of Perth from Hwy 7 and onto Drummond St. through town, turn left on Craig and right before reaching the bridge. Park opposite the dock area.

Difficulty: This should be a fairly relaxed paddle down the Tay River, passing through woodlands and extensive open wetlands. A few powered vessels may pass us, but boat traffic is usually not busy on the Tay.

Trip Leader: Simon Lunn, naturalist, photographer, experienced paddler, and former biologist/ecologist with Parks Canada, including the Rideau Canal.

Bring:  lunch, water, insect repellant, binoculars, sun screen. You must also be equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.

Pre-registration: For registration and information, please contact trip leader Simon Lunn at  or 613-283-6663. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date.  You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

NOTE: if you think you might only be able to paddle one-way on this trip (i.e., not paddle back to Perth), contact Simon to discuss alternate arrangements. We might be able to arrange a car or two to be left at Beveridges Lock Station to get you back to Perth.

If in doubt about the weather on Sunday morning, please call Simon before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip. 

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

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