Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Join hosts Simon & Carolyn Lunn for a trip up the Tay River & Canal, as we paddle this gentle but interesting 6 km route from Upper Beveridges Lockstation to Perth. During the trip we will visit a quaint lock station, get a peek at Parks Canada’s oTENTiks, immerse ourselves in the Tay River marsh, and paddle through a beautiful tree-lined river corridor right into the downtown core of historic Perth. May be greeted by bullfrogs and black terns, a marsh wren or twelve-spotted skimmer, or maybe the American bittern we saw last year! It’s always fun to see what our paddles and senses will help us discover. And for those interested, we could visit O’Reillys pub to quaff down a well-deserved cold one with a wee bite to eat after the trip!

Leader: Simon Lunn

Departure Time & Duration (estimated): 9:30 a.m., 3-4 hours paddling

Starting Point & Destination: Upper Beveridges Lockstation (off Port Elmsley Road) to Last Duel Park (off Craig Street), Perth

Car Pooling:  For those in Eastern Lanark County, meet at Union Hall at 8:45 a.m., or you can drive directly to the lock station.

Upper Beveridges Lockstation can be reached by heading for the junction of County Road #43 with the Port Elmsley Road (#18). Turn south onto #18, drive 2.6 km south and turn left onto Beveridges Lock Road, drive straight on this dirt road and then veer right under the road bridge and several hundred yards up to Upper Beveridges Lock.

Shuttle service will be arranged from Perth back to Upper Beveridges Lockstation.

Bring: lots of water, munchies/packed lunch, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, binocs, camera . . . the usual. Don’t forget your mandatory safety equipment i.e. lifejacket, bailer, whistle, throw line/rope, extra paddle & flashlight.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event by emailing Simon at:  

If you need someone to paddle with, or have an extra seat in your canoe, please let Simon know. He will do his best to team you up with someone.

In case of forecasted severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, heavy rain or winds, or extreme heat), call Simon at 613-283-6663 before 8 a.m. to confirm.

 

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A report of the paddling trip Saturday June 23rd on Taylor and Clayton Lakes, by Howard and Mary Robinson

After seeing the real-life mural of the Floating Bridge at the Union Hall, our Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) group with 4 canoes and a kayak proceeded to the placement of the original bridge at the end of Concession 12 in Lanark Highlands near the boat launch.  We paddled the floating bridge location to see the sunken remnants of its structural members and parts of the corduroy cross logs.

The day was perfect for paddling with little wind as we proceeded to paddle the South side of Taylor Lake and return while observing various bird species in the area.

We then proceeded along the river to Clayton lake and paddled around some of the islands to our lunch destination off Bowlands Island.  With the wind rising and only a hint of a rain shower, we paddled along the Indian River toward the village of Clayton and back to the Robinson’s dock where we disembarked. After social refreshments vehicles were shuttled back from the Taylor Lake boat launch to load the vessels.  Various species (24) of birds were seen including Bald eagles (3), Osprey (2 + their peeping nesting chicks), a Great Blue Heron, and a Green Heron.

Thanks to all who came out for the paddle, your interactions, teamwork and interesting conversations.

~Howard and Mary Robinson

For details of our next summer paddle, July 15, 2018 and other summer paddles this season, please visit mvfn.ca and watch for new posts and calendar dates!

 

 

 

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Saturday, June 23, 2018 

Come and explore nature from the water’s edge as we paddle the shores of Taylor and Clayton Lakes.  We will start at Taylor Lake looking for remnants of the historic floating bridge that once crossed the lake, then continue into Clayton Lake, all the while looking for various woodland, lake and marshland birds.  Lunch will likely be at the Robinson’s dock on Clayton Lake, if weather cooperates.  This outing is a combination of journeys #14 and #16 in the MVFN map/guide “Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys“.

Car Pooling Arrangements:  Meet at Union Hall on Wolf Grove Road for departure by 8:30 AM.  The boat launch for Taylor Lake is at the north end of Concession Road 12.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, and swimming attire if you wish. 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 Robinson @  advising whether you will be canoeing or kayaking and leaving a return phone number.  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please contact 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 AM on Saturday, June 23 at 613-256-0817

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Explore nature from the water’s edge on our spring paddle. We will paddle Long Lake, in Tay Valley Township, near Murphys Point Provincial Park. This is journey #24 in MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys Map/Guide.

Car Pooling: East Lanark, meet at Union Hall on Wolf Grove Road at 8:30 AM. West Lanark, meet south of Perth at the junction of County Roads 1 and 21 (road to Murphys Point Provincial Park) at 9:15 AM.

Bring: lunch, water, insect repellent, binoculars, etc. Also required is all mandatory safety equipment including proper flotation gear, bailing bucket, heaving line, etc.

NOTE: Life jackets are COMPULSORY!

Pre-registration: You must register beforehand for this event. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date. For registration and information, please contact Stan Holloway at or 613-797-5695. If you need a paddling partner, contact Stan.

In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt about weather conditions, on the morning of the event, please call Stan before 8:00 AM to confirm.

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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.

 

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