Canoe/Kayak day trips
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.
Car Pooling: Meet at Union Hall for departure by 9 A.M.
Bring: Binoculars, lunch, bug juice, life jackets (mandatory). We have been invited to lunch at the home of MVFN member Dale Penstone, on Clayton Lake.
Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. For registration and further information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or
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.
NATURE FROM THE WATER’S EDGE, ON AN MVFN PADDLE
The focus of MVFN’s paddling program is to seeing, learning about, and enjoying nature, from the water’s edge. On Sunday May 29th MVFN held their annual Spring Paddle, which took place this year on Crotch Lake. On this paddle the group also enjoyed an island lunch and a swim! Below is a brief report of the day by Mary Robinson and a list of birds seen or heard during the paddle, compiled by Mary. Also included below are a series of photographs taken by Howard Robinson. Upcoming paddle dates are shown on the CALENDAR OF EVENTS on the MVFN website.
MVFN Spring Paddle on Crotch Lake
MVFN’s first canoe/kayak outing in 2016 was held on Crotch Lake on Sunday, May 29th. Ten paddlers, four canoes and two kayaks launched on the north shore of the lake near the Crotch Lake camping entrance. Since it was a glorious sunny day, it was not surprising to see many other people, including a scout troop, enjoying the campsites and the lake activities. Led by Cliff Bennett, our group followed the shore-line, all the while viewing nature from the water and the list of the bird species seen or heard from the water’s edge follows. One interesting sighting was the decaying body of a moose which most likely fell through the ice during the winter-time. Our lunch destination was a nearby island that was initially occupied by a flock of Canada Geese who obligingly vacated the island when we approached. Several of our group enjoyed a refreshing swim in the lake before we headed back to our launch site and we all got off the lake as storm clouds approached. The Trout Hotel at Ompah proved to be a good spot for a drink and a chat to end a very enjoyable outing!
- Blue Jay
- Great-crested Flycatcher
- American Crow
- Turkey Vulture
- Song Sparrow
- Canada Goose
- Great Blue Heron
- Common Grackle
- Eastern Wood-Pewee
- Warbling Vireo
- Red-eyed Vireo
- Black-throated Blue Warbler
- Common Loon
- Ring-billed Gull
- Herring Gull
- American Robin
MVFN Spring Paddle
NOTE: Feature photo is by Howard Robinson.
Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready for our annual spring paddle! We will paddle Crotch Lake North.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Car Pooling: East Lanark meet at Union Hall for take-off at 8:30 am; West Lanark meet at Hopetown General Store for 9:15 am.
Bring: lunch, insect repellent, binoculars etc. YOU MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH ALL REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT including proper flotation gear, bailing bucket, heaving line etc.
Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. To pre-register please contact Linda McLaren at 613-614-9177 or email
MVFN memberships must be up-to-date and you may bring a friend or two. If you need a canoe/kayak or paddling partner, please check with Linda.
In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Linda before 8 am to confirm.
Mississippi River Paddle
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Join us for this paddle on a beautiful section of the Mississippi River upstream from County Rd. 15 towards Playfairville and back.
Car-pooling: Eastern Lanark and area meet at Union Hall at the corner of the Wolf Grove and County Road 29 for an 8:30 am departure. West Lanark – meet at the Balderson Cheese Store in Balderson at 8:45 am.
Bring: lunch, bug repellant, sunscreen, binoculars. You also must have all safety equipment including proper flotation gear, bailing bucket, heaving line etc.
NOTE: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date. For registration and further information, please contact trip leader Linda McLaren at 613-614-9177 or
If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please contact Linda and she will try to match you up.
In case of foul weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt on the morning of the event, call Linda before 8:00 am to confirm.