Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Join us for a paddle on the Tay Tiver

 

 

#21 on the MVFN Paddling Guide Sunday, July 12, 2020

 

photo by Simon Lunn

Our second paddle of the season is ready to go. Are you?

Leader:  Simon Lunn, naturalist & photographer
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • from Smiths Falls, take Hwy 43, which becomes Craig Street entering Perth. Cross the Craig St. bridge over the Tay River, turn left into the park.
  • from Almonte or Carleton Place, take Hwy 7  to Perth & navigate east through town. Turn left at Craig Street and right into the park just before the bridge over the Tay.
  • Park opposite the dock area, our launching point.

Time: Scheduled departure is 9:45 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3-4 hours return, but is weather dependant.

Difficulty: Normally a relaxed paddle down the Tay River, through an old lock channel and  into an open river & marsh environment. Boat traffic is usually light on the Tay.

Bring: lunch, lots of water, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here.

Safety: Due to no car pooling and other Covid-19 related restrictions, we have to return by the same route. During the trip, all participants are requested to maintain minimum 2-metre distancing from other paddlers (outside their bubble). If more than 10 paddlers show up, we will probably split up into two groups & stagger departure time of second group.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card).  However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Simon Lunn at (613) 283-6663 or email

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact Simon before 8 A.M

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“NATIONAL CANOE DAY”!

 

 

 

In celebration of National Canoe Day on Friday, June 26, the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) have created the foundation of a virtual pictorial tour of the Mississippi River and other waterways and lakes of Lanark Country, as seen from the water.

BUT we need YOUR input of pictures with brief descriptions that you have taken from your canoe or kayak. You do NOT have to be a member of MVFN to participate in this project! Anyone can contribute.

We encourage you to get out on the water between National Canoe Day, June 26, and Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, to capture in pictures the natural world that we can see from the water in our beautiful Lanark County. We will accept entries until Saturday, July 4.

Go to the link provided, and locate where your picture/s were taken, mark the location with a pin, then put your picture/s and descriptions on the site. You do NOT need to be “tech-savvy” to do this – it’s easy (honest!).

If you can’t get out on the water this coming week, and you have pictures from a previous paddle, you can also post those.

Here is the link to the MVFN National Canoe Day Virtual Tour:

tps://www.google.com/maps/d/drive?state=%7B%22ids%22%3A%5B%221gQ2lCt0tyFb3IU4mNPjmngjZYFQD0k-i%22%5D%2C%22action%22%3A%22open%22%2C%22userId%22%3A%22101187051483484365346%22%7D&usp=sharing

Here is how to use it:

1) Use link to open map

2) In the control panel in the upper left, select the location pin (looks like an inverted drop)

3) Tap or click on the location on the map where you want to post your picture

4) Change the text from “point #” to a title of your location

5) In the text box you may write a brief description of your photo

6) Select the camera icon. You will be presented with a number of options to upload a photo, including drag and drop and “select a file from your device”. If you select the second option you will have the choice of taking a new photo or video, or uploading a photo from your files.
For any questions concerning using the Google Map program, please contact:

Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists’ (MVFN) is a local group, organized and run by volunteers, that seeks to increase local residents’ knowledge of, enjoyment of, and respect for the natural world in the Mississippi River watershed and other areas of Lanark County. We endeavour to do this through several programs, including: monthly nature talks (now live on Zoom!), nature walks, birding outings, day paddles, annual Paddle Camp, educational programs in local schools, a Young Naturalists’ monthly program, and much more. For information on what we do, or to get a membership, please go to our website at: http://www.mvfn.ca

We all look forward to seeing all the postings and places where you’ve been paddling nearby! We will repost the link after July 4 so you can view the final map and take the “Magical Mississippi/Lanark County Waterways Virtual Tour” Thanks for your interest and participation!

MVFN National Canoe Day Project Team

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Update to the MVFN Canoeing/Kayaking Guide

 

 

Proposed 2020 Day Paddles

Dear MVFN canoe/kayak enthusiasts,

Ten years ago, we produced our guide called Canoe and Kayak Journeys of Lanark County.

Many things about our landscape have changed since then. For example on Route #1 Beckwith Township; Glen Isle on the Mississippi mentions there are several picnic spots towards Carleton Place. All of the land in this section is now privately owned and picnics are not allowed unless by permission of the owners. You will have to eat lunch from your vessel or back at your vehicle.

Several other journeys listed in the guide suggest lunch spots on deserted islands. Watch for and respect private posting signs on all private property.

Proposed Day Paddles for 2020

Our early spring paddle was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are planning to go ahead on the dates below as restrictions loosen and we feel we can safely explore Lanark waterways.

Saturday June 20 – Cliff Bennett – #24 Long Lake
Sunday July 12 – Simon Lunn – #21 Tay River to Beveridge Locks
Saturday July 25
Sunday August 9 – John Willis – route TBD
Saturday August 22
Sunday Sept 27

As you can see, there are still several openings for trip leaders and routes. We also need people with up-to-date First Aid qualifications on all paddles. Please get in touch with Art Solomonian if you can volunteer or suggest a route to explore.

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Join us for a Paddle on Long Lake

#24 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide  Saturday, June 20, 2020

 


Photo: Simon Lunn

To all MVFN canoe aficionados and guests. We are going to try and hold our first real MVFN paddle of 2020.

Leader: Cliff Bennett
Carpooling: None
Directions:

• travel south from Perth on County Rd #1 towards Rideau Ferry.
• turn onto County Rd. #21 towards Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
• after about 6 km, turn right onto Long Lake Road and travel about 3 km to the RVCA launch site on your left at 525 Long Lake Road, Perth, ON

Plan to be there for 10:a.m..

Bring: lunch, bathing suit, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc

Registration: You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card). However, you may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Cliff Bennett at (613) 798-6295 or email .

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, contact Cliff before 8 A.M

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Dalhousie Lake Paddle 2019

 

Join us for a paddle on Dalhousie Lake and Downriver

#8 on the MVFN Canoeing/Kayak Guide Sunday, August 25, 2019

 

Leader: Cliff Bennett 613-798-6295

Car Pooling:
East Lanark: Meet at Union Hall 8:30 A.M.
West Lanark: Meet at Hopetown across from the store 9:A.M.
Launch site: By the bridge at Dalhousie Lake 9:30 A.M. (park at restaurant )

Bring: lunch, bathing suit, bug juice, binoculars, sunscreen, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with life jacket, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, extra paddle, etc.

MVFN membership must be up-to-date (check your membership card). You can update and pay for your membership on the MVFN website. You may bring a friend or two, subject to the approval of the trip leader.

You must pre-register for this event by completing the form found here. If you need to partner up with someone, please contact the leader and he may be able to accommodate you.

In case of possible severe weather on the day of the paddle, check your email before 8:00 a.m. for a confirmation. Please inform the leader if you sign up, and then cannot go.

Also please indicate on registration form where you plan to meet the group.
For further information, contact the leader.

 

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