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Fall Colours Paddle Millers Lake Saturday Sept 25, 2021 10AM

Paddle: Millers Lake in North Frontenac

Leader:  Art Solomonian

Carpooling: None recommended

Directions: 

From Almonte: Take Cty Rd 16 (Wolf Grove Road) to Hopetown and turn left on Hwy 511. In 4km turn right on Cty Rd 8 towards Watsons Corners. Continue on Cty Rd 8 16km to McDonalds Corners. Turn Right onto Cty Rd 12. Continue 9km to Elphin. Turn right onto Cty Rd 36 (Elphin-Maberly Rd). Travel 7km to Hwy 509 (Snow Road Station). Presbyterian Church is on your right. Turn left. The launch site is a small parking lot on the right about 1km down 509.

From Perth: Take Hwy 511 23km through Lanark and continue to Cty Rd 8. Turn Left towards Watsons Corners and follow the rest of the directions above to the launch.

The Launch Site: Located at the bridge where 509 crosses Miller Lake. Small parking lot. We can stack cars, but you may need to park on the road. No dock but there is a boat launch ramp into the water. Privy on site.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10 am.

The Paddle: Millers Lake is a figure 8, divided by the bridge. We will explore the upriver portion first, around the lake and back to the bridge. Lunch will be on private land just before the bridge that is marked “private, but free to use”. After lunch we will go under the bridge and explore the downriver portion down to the falls where the Mississippi continues on its way. Total time will be about 3-4 hours.

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).  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. For further information, contact Art Solomonian.

In case of severe weather, this event will be rescheduled to Sept 26th or cancelled. A confirmation email will go out just prior to the event. If in doubt, contact Art on the morning of the trip at 613 256 4305 before 8:00 A.M.

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MADAWASKA RIVER from Burnstown, Upriver Saturday Sept 11, 10 AM

NOT A CANOE CAMP 

For the second year running, we are unable to hold our annual canoe camp. Join us on this “extra” daytrip instead, as we explore the beautiful Madawaska River

Paddle: Madawaska River from Burnstown Beach upriver and return.

Leader:  Linda Sewell

Carpooling: None.

Directions:

From Ottawa: Take Hwy 417 to Arnprior. Continue 18 km past Hwy 29 exit to Calabogie Rd Hwy 508. Turn left. Continue 8km towards Burnstown. Burnstown Beach is on your left.

From Almonte: Hwy 29 to Pakenham. Turn left at the gas station. You pass Scoops Ice Cream as you head out of town. Follow Waba Road to the village of Waba and continue on to the stop sign. Turn left onto White Lake Rd Cty Rd 2 into the village of White Lake. Turn right at the stop sign in the village onto Cty Rd 52 Burnstown Rd. Continue to Burnstown, just over the big bridge. Turn right at the 4-way stop (Neat Cafe is on the corner).  Continue about 1 km to the parking lot and boat ramp on right.

The Launch Site: Burnstown Beach, roughly 1km NE of Burnstown on Hwy 508 (heading for Hwy 17). Dock and a sandy beach. Parking is free.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10 am.

The Paddle: Paddle about 5km (2 hours) to our lunch stop at a private dock. Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, Cedar, and Birch line the steep shoreline. Seasonal flowers including cream-coloured bottle gentians and cardinal flowers are on display. Return downriver. Total time including lunch is about 4 hours.

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).  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. For further information, contact Linda Sewell.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. A confirmation email will go out just prior to the event. If in doubt, contact Linda on the morning of the trip at 613 832-0560 before 8:00 A.M.

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Paddle Stump Lake and Izatt Lake Aug 21

 

 

Join us as we continue to explore the Mississippi River at Stump and Izatt Lake

#6 in the Paddle Guide

Paddle: Roughly 3 hrs on Stump (~8 km rt), then an optional ~1.5 hr on Izatt (3-4 km rt) after lunch.

Leader:  Andrea McCrady

Carpooling: Possible shuttling required at launch site. WEAR YOUR MASK.

Directions:

  • From Perth, take Hwy 511 to Balderson, left on County Rd. 7 through Fallbrook to County Rd. 12, left on County Rd 12 through McDonald’s Corners to Elphin and north on County Rd 36 two km, to Stump Lake.
  • From Almonte: take Wolf Grove Road to Hopetown. Turn left on Hwy 511 to County Rd 8 towards Watson’s Corners. Stay on County Road 8 to McDonalds Corners. Turn Right and follow the above directions.

The Launch Site: Small parking lot with dock. If the lot is full, unload and move your vehicle out to the roadway. The launch site is on a curve, so you should go south on County Rd 36 clear of the curve and park on the straight stretch. Work with each other to shuttle back to the parking lot.
Warning: We do not recommend that you park on the road on the curve.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10 am. Trip duration is an estimated 4 hours.

The Paddle: We will paddle Stump Lake in the morning, stop for lunch back at the launch site, then head up the Mississippi River channel to Izatt Lake for a short afternoon paddle

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).  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. For further information, contact Andrea McCrady

In case of severe weather, this event may be cancelled or rescheduled to August 22nd. A confirmation email will go out just prior to the event. If in doubt, contact Andrea on the morning of the trip at 832-1700 before 7:30 A.M.

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Paddle Appleton to Almonte

 

 

Join us for a paddle on the Mississippi  from Appleton to Almonte beach

and return  July 24, 2021.

 

Leader Suzanne Rebetez

Directions: From Almonte, take March Road East, at traffic circle turn right on Appleton Side, then right on River Road. Going downhill, the boat launch is on the right.

From Carleton Place: take Hwy 7 E roughly 3km to Appleton Side Road. Exit left towards Appleton. Follow Appleton Side Road approximately 3km to River Road. Turn left. Continue on River Road past the dam. Boat launch is on the left just past the curve.

From Ottawa: Head for Carleton Place. Watch for the Appleton Side Road exit roughly 3km out of town. Follow the above directions.

The Launch Site: Easy river access. If the lot is full, unload and move your vehicle out to the roadway.

Warning: Do not approach the hydro generating station on the left side.

Limit: 20 members and guests.

Time:  Scheduled departure is 9 am. Trip duration is an estimated 4 hours return. We will stop for lunch/snack/swim at Almonte beach with portable toilets on Fairgrounds.

Difficulty: Easy, scenic paddle. Many blue herons and turtles.

Bring: Lunch or snack, hat, 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). You can update and pay your membership on the MVFN website. However, you may bring a friend, subject to approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Suzanne Rebetez. 

In case of severe weather, this event may be cancelled or rescheduled to July 23rd. If in doubt, contact Suzanne at 253-2172 or 322-8082 before 8 A.M.

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Join us for a paddle on the Mississippi at Pakenham

Leader:  Brent Eades

Car Pooling: None

Directions:   From Almonte, take County Rd.29 17 km to Five Span Bridge park in Pakenham. Parking at launch site. Easy river access at the launch site: WARNING: Stay clear of rapids under the bridge upriver from the launch site.

Time: Scheduled departure is 10am. Trip duration is an estimated 4 hours return. We will stop for lunch near the Highway 17 bridge.

The trip:  Easy, scenic paddle. Many shoreline wildflowers. Watch for kingfishers, blue herons, otters, and possibly red-headed woodpeckers.

Bring: lunch, 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: 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).  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.

In case of severe weather, this event may be rescheduled to the Saturday July 10th, or cancelled. If in doubt, contact Brent Eades before 8 A.M.

For further information, contact Brent.

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