Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

NOTE: The following report and photos re. the August 26th MVFN day-trip paddle were sent in by Howard and Mary Robinson. View this post on our MVFN Facebook page and if you were on the trip, add, in the comments,  any other nature observations you want to share.

Seven vessels (4 canoes and 3 kayaks) set out from the boat launch near the bridge at Country Road 15, paddling upstream on the Mississippi River towards Playfairville.  The river was full and high; the day bright, sunny and not too hot. It was a perfect day for MVFN field naturalists to be out observing nature and the changing landscape from the water’s edge.  We stopped for lunch in a soft maple woodland, then returned to our starting point enjoying an easier paddle travelling downstream with the current.

Below are the bird species seen or heard by some of the participants on the outing. Great Blue Herons were most plentiful and numerous Belted Kingfishers were rattling around on our journey.

Belted Kingfisher

Great Blue Heron

White-breasted Nuthatch

American Crow

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Black Tern

Canada Goose

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Red-eyed Vireo

Eastern Phoebe

Common Loon

Bald Eagle

Turkey Vulture

Mourning Dove

Double-crested Cormorant

American Goldfinch

Ring-billed Gull

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Green Heron


Pileated Woodpecker

~  Mary Robinson

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Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Paddle the Mississippi River from the bridge at County Rd 15 upstream towards Playfairville and return. This is the upstream option of  Paddle  #4 in the MVFN brochure “Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys”. The journey passes by soft maple woodland, the Fall river inlet, Canadian shield countryside, and the inlet of the Clyde River.   Lunch will be on an island in the Mississippi River. The return downstream will take less time than the upstream journey.

Car Pooling Arrangements: Eastern Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure 8:30 am; Western Lanark: meet at the boat launch site for 9:00 A.M. The boat launch site is just off County Road 15 at 400-432 McIlquham Blair Rd, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0, opposite Mal’s Camping. The site can be searched on Google maps with coordinates 45.005120, -76.326053

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, insect repellant, sunscreen, swimming attire. You must also be equipped with mandatory life jackets and safety kit with bailer, whistle, flashlight and floating line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To register please email Howard & Mary @   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 at 613-256-0817 or

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Howard or Mary no later than 8:00 a.m. at 613-256-0817

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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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Appleton and Mississippi River downriver

How to Get There: From Ottawa Hwy. 7 to Appleton Side Rd. 3 km before Carleton Place. North to River Rd. and into Appleton village. Do not cross river.

The Launch Site: Small park below falls.

The Paddle: Explore bay and downriver towards Almonte. Land canoes under bridge beside Old town Hall, take River Walk under RR bridtge to explore downtown. Not recommended during spring flood.

Watch For: Old mill ruins, small hydro generating station, wetland shores. Herons abound. No lunch landing spots.

Seasonal Information: Be cautious of fast currents in spring flood. Warning: waterfalls: do not approach town bridge during spring flood.


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Mississippi River from Appleton to Almonte MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Meet at 9 a.m. at the boat launch site in Appleton, on River Road just below the Appleton dam. We will canoe/kayak along the Mississippi River shoreline’s wet meadows and swamps. When we reach Almonte, we will stop at the Almonte beach where we can swim in the river. We will lock our canoes and go for lunch at the Barley Mow. We will paddle back to Appleton. Each way takes about 2 hours.

Bring: Lots of drinking water, binoculars, (we will be going to the Barley Mow for lunch), bug juice, life jackets (mandatory). Every vessel needs a safety kit (Bailer, floating throw-line, pea-less whistle & flashlight). An extra paddle is recommended per vessel.

 If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, call Bob or Louise at 613-623-2358 or .

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Bob or Louise no later than 8:00 A.M. For further information, please call 613-623-2358.

Please note: You must pre-register beforehand for this event. This is an MVFN members only event.

Thank you

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