Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Paddle on the Clayton Lake

 

 

 

#16 on the MVFN Paddling Guide Sunday, September 13th, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leader:  John Willis
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • From Almonte, take County Rd.16 (Wolf Grove Rd.) 12 km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn north into Clayton Village.
  • From Perth, take Hwy 7 25km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn left. Drive 14 km to Clayton Village.
  • From Carleton Place, take Hwy 7 9km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.), turn right and follow the directions above.

The Launch Site: At dam; parking on site.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10:00 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3-4 hours return. We will stop for lunch near the Galbraith bridge.

Difficulty: Easy paddle with excellent wetlands for waterbirds, herons and passerines. Watch for loons.. The yellow line in the photo is our suggested path.

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. Please complete a separate form for each participant (see “Submit additional responses” when you submit the form) as we need the “agree” to the waiver from each person.

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 John Willis

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

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Paddle on the Tay River

 

 

#21 on the MVFN Paddling Guide  Saturday, August 22, 2020

Photo by Simon Lunn

This trip replaces the July 12th event which was cancelled due to forecasted severe thunderstorm activity

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 9:30 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3 hours return, but is weather dependent.

Difficulty:  This should be 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. Registration is limited to 20 participants.

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).

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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Join us for a paddle on Clayton Lake

#16 on the MVFN Paddling Guide Sunday, August 9th, 2020

 

Leader:  John Willis
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • From Almonte, take County Rd.16 (Wolf Grove Rd.) 12 km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn north into Clayton Village.
  • From Perth, take Hwy 7 25km N to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn left. Drive 14 km to Clayton Village.
  • From Carleton Place, take Hwy 7 9km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.), turn right and follow the directions above.

The Launch Site: At dam; parking on site.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10:00 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3-4 hours return. We will stop for lunch near the Galbraith bridge.

Difficulty: Easy paddle with excellent wetlands for waterbirds, herons and passerines. Watch for loons.

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. Please complete a separate form for each participant (see “Submit additional responses” when you submit the form) as we need the “agree” to the waiver from each person.

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 John Willis

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

 

 

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Join us for a Paddle on the Mississippi River near Fergusons Falls

 

 

 

#3 on the MVFN Paddling Guide Saturday, July 25, 2020

 

Photo by Brenda Boyd

 

We apologize for the delayed registration, but the second event of the season is ready to go. Please register ASAP

Leader:  Art Solomonian
Carpooling: None
Directions:

  • Take Hwy. 7 past Carleton Place to Country Road 15 and turn right towards Lanark. Travel 10 km to Fergusons Falls
  • From Perth, take Country Rd. 511 to Balderson, turn east onto Drummond Conc 8A and onto Prestonvale Rd. to Country Rd. 15 and east to Fergusons Falls
  • Park beside Fergusons Falls Community Hall. Carry your vessel to the river behind.

Time: Scheduled departure is 10:00 am. Trip duration is an estimated 3-4 hours return, plus lunch at the turn near Mel’s Campgrounds but is weather dependant.

Difficulty: Upriver only. Be cautious of rapids near the launch. Excellent wetlands for water birds, herons and passerines. Watch for river otters. Lunch at boat launch near Mel’s Campgrounds.

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 at this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JSpK1mB6ky8KcYbRU2U3qu6Do6R4ab2dwMBaZZnzYTE/edit.  Please complete a separate form for each participant (see “Submit additional responses” when you submit the form) as we need the “agree” to the waiver from each person.

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).

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 Art Solomonian at (613) 794-4548 or email

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

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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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