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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!

Mary Robinson

  1. Blue Jay
  2. Great-crested Flycatcher
  3. American Crow
  4. Turkey Vulture
  5. Song Sparrow
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Great Blue Heron
  8. Common Grackle
  9. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  10. Warbling Vireo
  11. Red-eyed Vireo
  12. Black-throated Blue Warbler
  13. Ovenbird
  14. Common Loon
  15. Ring-billed Gull
  16. Herring Gull
  17. American Robin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Paddle the Madawaska River

For this summer MVFN paddle we will travel on the Madawaska River, upstream from Clay Banks Marina on White Lake Rd. south of Arnprior to the picnic site below the Stewartville hydro dam. Keep an eye out for herons, ducks, swallows, otter, and snapping turtles.  Note: At times strong downstream currents may be present as flow is affected by hydro dam operations.

Date: Sunday, August 9, 2015

Car-pooling: Meet at the Antrim Truck Stop located at 580 White Lake Rd. (County Road # 2) on the south side of Hwy 417 (exit 184 westbound) at Arnprior for a 9 am departure.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, lunch, bug repellent. Also  life jackets, bailer, heaving line, whistle and all required safety equipment are mandatory.

Registration: You must pre-register for this event and your MVFN membership should be be up-to-date.

For registration and further information, please contact Olga Janoska at 613-622-0910 or . If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Olga and she will try to match you up.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, please call Olga’s cell phone (613-622-0910) before 8 am to check.

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Paddle Bennett Lake

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Enjoy a relaxing paddle on Bennett Lake, 15 miles northwest of Perth. Explore many small coves with ducks and wetland wild flowers; also often seen here are rare black tern nests and other marshland birds.

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 9 am in Fallbrook, at the Bennett Lake Road sign.

Driving instructions to launch site on the north shore of Bennett Lake at 976 Ennis Road, west of Fallbrook: from Lanark Village take McDonalds Corners Rd (12), turn LEFT at Playfairville onto Fallbrook Rd (7), turn RIGHT onto  Bennett Lake Rd (19), and then finally LEFT onto Ennis Rd;  #976 will be on the right.

There is a fee of $5 per vehicle at the launch site at Ennis Cottages.

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 Suzanne at 613-253-2172 or  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please contact Suzanne 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 Suzanne before 7:00 am to confirm.

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