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Robertson Lake Paddle Sunday May 26th

Join MVFN for a paddle on Robertson Lake, Sunday, May 26, 2019 (#13 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide)

Robertson Lake, on County Road 16, is situated at the village of Lavant in Lanark Highlands. It is a small, round lake that can be circumnavigated in three hours. There is a neat park and beach on the lakeshore where you can launch your canoe, poke around the islands and the shoreline and be back at the beach for lunch and a swim (but not on this particular trip!). Watch for marsh birds at the far end of the lake.

photo Sheldon Scrivens

Leader: Stan Holloway

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019

Location: Robertson Lake: route #13 in MVFN’s Canoe & Kayak Journeys  paddling guide

Car Pooling: East Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m. West Lanark: meet in Hopetown at 9:00 a.m., across from the store/gas station on Hwy 511, on the shoulder of the road.

Bring: lunch, water, insect repellent, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc.

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Small but mighty group enjoyed fall colours paddle on the Mississippi River

MVFN Fall Colours Paddle, September 30, 2018

On September 30th a group of MVFN members enjoyed a paddle along the mighty Ontario Mississippi from Pakenham to Blakeney. This annual fall colours paddle outing was led this year by Stan Holloway.

John Willis: “A small but mighty group. The weather cooperated – cool but no rain.”

NOTE: For a list of places to paddle in Lanark County, and a map, visit our Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Routes page here.

All photos below by John Willis

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View emerging fall colours on a magical Mississippi River paddle

Annual MVFN Fall Colours Paddle

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Join us as we explore nature from the water’s edge on a paddle upstream along a beautiful section of the Mississippi River from Pakenham to the Blakeney Falls, revealing a hidden view of the Mississippi shoreline, quite different from what is seen from the highway!

This paddle will be led by Stan Holloway. The paddle is journey #17 described in MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys Guide/Map.

photo by B. Boyd

Directions to meeting/launch site:  From Almonte go north on Hwy 29 to Pakenham.  After entering the village, pass Pakenham Public School and take the second right onto Jessie Street and then the second right off Jessie Street onto Margaret Street.  Park at the fence near the beach.

Time: Arrive by 9:45 AM at the latest, so we can be on the water by 10 AM.  We expect to be back by 3 PM.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, hat, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen (yup, you’ll still need that on a sunny day on the water!). You must also be equipped with mandatory safety equipment including life jackets, extra paddle, bailer, whistle, flashlight and heaving line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To check your membership status contact the membership committee at . You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.

 

To register:  please email Stan at: 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 Stan.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Stan no later than 8:30 AM, at 613-797-5695, to confirm.

 

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Paddle the Mississippi River from Fergusons Falls August 26

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Come and join us as we explore nature from the water’s edge on a paddle along our beloved Mississippi River.  We will start at Fergusons Falls, all the while looking for various woodland and marshland birds. We will watch, in particular, for loons, ospreys, great blue herons, green herons, king birds and kingfishers.  We will stop for lunch, possibly at Mal’s Campground where there are washrooms and a swimming beach, before heading back down river.

This paddle is Journey #3 in MVFN’s Guide “Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys“.

Car Pooling:  Meet at Union Hall on Wolf Grove Road for departure by 8:30 AM. Alternatively, meet at the launch site by 8:45 AM. The canoe launch site is at Fergusons Falls Community Hall, 1362 Fergusons Falls Road; departure 9:00 AM.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, hat, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, and swimming attire if you wish. You must also be equipped with mandatory life jackets, extra paddle, bailer, whistle, flashlight and buoyant heaving line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date (contact Elizabeth Veninga at if you are unsure of your membership status. NOTE: On-line membership registration is available at http://mvfn.ca/membership/).

To register please email Muriel and Dave Hanneson at advising whether you will be canoeing or kayaking; please leave 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 Muriel or Dave at 613-256-6345 or

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Muriel or Dave no later than 8:00 AM on Sunday, August 26 at 613-256-6345. Cell phone 613-799-1179.

Mississippi River paddle. photo Howard Robinson

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Paddle Stump Lake

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Paddle Stump Lake with MVFN. This is journey #6 on MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe and Kayak Journeys. Stump Lake was originally part of Mississippi Lake, until the High Falls dam and hydro station were built at the beginning of the last century, turning part of the river and surrounding wetland into a beautiful lake with plenty of nature to see and local history to learn about!

Leader:  Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling: East Lanark, meet at Union Hall, for departure at 9:00 a.m.; West Lanark meet in Lanark Village at the liquor store at 9:30 a.m.

Bring: binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, lunch, bathing suit, etc.

NOTE: You must also be equipped with a life jacket (must be worn on the water), bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line and extra paddle.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register with Cliff at or 613-798-6295. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date. Memberships may be renewed on-line. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email Elizabeth Veninga at You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.

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

In case of unsuitable weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Cliff, no later than 8:15 a.m. Sunday morning, to confirm.

 

 

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