MVFN Paddle on Pike Lake
Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready!
SATURDAY, August 12, 2017 (rain date Sunday, August 13)
We will follow paddle # 26 on MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys map/guide. Pike Lake is south of County Rd. #10 between Perth and Westport. The launch site is near the dam in Grant’s Creek and from there we will paddle into Pike Lake. We will stay south through the islands and then return. We will lunch on one of the many islands. There is an extensive wetland at the east end of the lake, and in one of the mainland bays there is usually a small sandy beach that is good for swimming.
Leader: Cliff Bennett
Car Pooling: East Lanark, meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.; West Lanark, meet at Glen Tay Public School, 9:15 a.m.; or, meet at the boat launch site at 9:30 a.m.
Bring: lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, sun screen, etc. Ensure you are equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.
Registration: You must pre-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 further information, please contact Brenda Boyd at: or 613-256-2706.
In case of severe weather on the morning of the event, please call Brenda before 8:00 a.m. to confirm. Rain date the next day, Sunday, August 13, 2017.
#26 Pike Lake (Tay Valley Township)
Pike Lake is one of those lakes that seems to have always been there as one passes nearby on County Road 10 travelling from Perth to Westport but never considers it as a canoeing lake. Travelling to Pike Lake from home (Clayton) takes about fifty minutes and is just within the parameters of journeys no more than one hour from home.
Pike Lake’s most interesting face is along the south-east shore. The scenery includes several islands, an extensive wetland served by a half km. creek and an interesting and varied shoreline. The north-west shore seems to hold wall-to-wall cottages and trailers.
We found a great place to put in for a picnic lunch on the south end of a substantial peninsula but, there are other spots on the various islands (with permission of property owners). We didn’t get to the southern end of the lake for, we ran out of time. You can explore that end and report to us what you found. Have a good paddle.
How to Get There: From Hwy. 7 go into Perth (Wilson Street, then onto Gore Street) to County Rd. 10., then west towards Westport about 15 km. Watch for faded boat launch sign on left, 1 km past turn-off to Stanleyville.
The Launch Site: The dam in Grant’s Creek. The Paddle: Up creek into lake. Stay south (left), through islands and return. Good picnic sites on islands.
Watch For: Small sandy beach in a mainland bay for swimming.Extensive wetland at east end of lake.
Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up.