Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

NOTE: the new date for this planned event did not reach the level of registration required, and has been cancelled.

Paddle the creeks and bays of Mississippi Lake and take part in year two of this project. Working in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Mississippi Lakes Association (MLA), we will take part in a survey of invasive aquatic plants.

Our aim 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 headquarters.

Date: Saturday, July 30th (rain date August 13)

Time: 8:30 AM – approx. 2:30 PM

Meet at: Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority headquarters, 10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place, for donuts and coffee, orientation and reporting kits. Crews will be assigned to a specific creek area.

Bring: You will need the usual required canoe equipment, lunch, a pen or pencil, sunscreen etc

To register, or for more information please contact David Garcia at  613-256-6299  or via email  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or if you would like to partner with someone who has a canoe, let us know at the same time.


  • 8:30 AM meet at MVCA for coffee and donuts (MLA has budget for this)
  • Presentation on Invasive Species by MVCA specialists, information about how to fill out forms, etc.
  • Handing out of kits, directions to paddling access points, etc.
  • Leave between 9:15 and 9:30 AM
  • Return to MVCA around 1:15- 1:30 PM, have a late lunch (bring your own)
  • Staff will sort through the results and do a quick summary presentation of results.
  • End around 2:30 PM
  • A comprehensive report will be written up and sent to all participants, and a copy will be published in Mississippi Belle Online
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See nature from the water’s edge on an MVFN paddle in 2017!

Paddling dates (tentatively three Saturdays and three Sundays) have been set for our 2017 canoe/kayak day-trip paddle program. Dates for the annual spring paddle, four summer paddles and a fall day-paddle are as follows. Details of location and leader will be circulated a week or more prior to the trips.

Saturday May 27: Spring Paddle on Bolton Creek. Leader: Doug Younger-Lewis  613-256-2738. Additional details to be posted soon.

NOTE: Leaders are still needed for the following tentative paddle dates.

Saturday July 8:  Location and leader to be decided

Sunday July 23: Location and leader to be decided

Saturday August 12: Location and leader to be decided

Sunday August 27: Location and leader to be decided

Sunday September 24: Location and leader to be decided

Volunteers are needed for the dates above; please consider leading a day paddle trip! 

Please contact Doug Younger-Lewis at  or 613-256-2738 if you would like to volunteer to lead one of these day trips.


Tay River into Christie Lake

Bob’s Lake



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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.

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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.

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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:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Cedar Waxwing
  3. Osprey
  4. Common Grackle
  5. Rock Pigeon
  6. Red-eyed Vireo
  7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  8. Red-winged Blackbird
  9. American Goldfinch
  10. American Crow
  11. Blue Jay
  12. Eastern Kingbird
  13. Great Crested Flycatcher
  14. Turkey Vulture
  15. Belted Kingfisher
  16. Great Blue Heron
  17. Song Sparrow
  18. Green Heron
  19. Killdeer
  20. Wood Duck
  21. Ring-billed Gull
  22. Black Tern
  23. Mallard
  24. Common Loon
  25. Black-capped Chickadee
  26. Barn Swallow
  27. Ring-necked Duck
  28. American Robin
  29. American Black Duck
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