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.
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~
Birds seen or heard during the outing:
- Canada Goose
- Cedar Waxwing
- Common Grackle
- Rock Pigeon
- Red-eyed Vireo
- Red-breasted Nuthatch
- Red-winged Blackbird
- American Goldfinch
- American Crow
- Blue Jay
- Eastern Kingbird
- Great Crested Flycatcher
- Turkey Vulture
- Belted Kingfisher
- Great Blue Heron
- Song Sparrow
- Green Heron
- Wood Duck
- Ring-billed Gull
- Black Tern
- Common Loon
- Black-capped Chickadee
- Barn Swallow
- Ring-necked Duck
- American Robin
- American Black Duck
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.
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.