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 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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