Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Mississippi Lake National Wildlife Area and Mississippi Lake Migratory Bird Sanctuary Sunday, Aug 7th- 10am

Photo by Linda Sewell
Squint your eyes … do you see a large reptile?

 

Paddle: Mississippi Lake and McEwen Bay

Leader: Linda Sewell

Carpooling: At your discretion (none organized by MVFN)

Max. No. of Participants: 20

Directions: From Carleton Place ( corner Hwy 7/15) head west on Hwy 7, 21km to Concession 9a, just past the bridge in Innisville.  Go left on 9a.

From Perth (Hwy 7/43) take Hwy 7 east 14km to Concession 9a. Turn right on 9a.

Drive approx 1km to launch site on left , past private homes. There is a large parking area on left.
Length: Scheduled paddling start is 10am for a brief discussion. Estimated paddling length is 4.5km with an optional 5km if conditions allow (see below).

Launch Site: The parking lot is located on the left side of Concession Rd 9a. There are outhouses and a small sand beach.

The Paddle: Mississippi Lake NWA has sent me a one-page handout for participants.  This is the first time that MVFN has visited this area. I have scouted it out twice. There are two possible paddles: an easy 4.5 km loop along the inner shallow McEwen Bay, and perhaps a more challenging 5.0 km loop out to middle of Mississippi Lake, where there is a small island. The problem is that all the shoreline in McEwen Bay is swamp or marsh, with no place to access if one needs to “use a washroom”, or to gather for lunch. Therefore, we will do the McEwen Bay loop in the morning, and return to parking area about noon for a break.  Those that want to call it a day at that time are welcome to leave as long as they notify me. Depending on wind ( it can be whitecaps on the open lake), some may wish to paddle along marshy shore of barrier island and venture out onto open water of Mississippi Lake, to see a little island. Possible  swimming. (Because the paddle is on a weekend, it may be that other groups may be there before us, and we may not be able to access island.) Those who venture into open water will be asked to stay close together to support each other.

Nature to Potentially Encounter: This area is rich in diversity, given that it is marshland and woody swamps.  (The area is closed during fall migration.) Bring binoculars, and please share your knowledge. Expect to see  interesting waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians, sedges, rushes and reeds and intriguing waterplants, few tree species, maybe a beaver, muskrat or mink.

This is an opportunity to explore an area you have never seen before!!! Please bring your sightings to the attention of the group, and post to INaturalist.
Let me know if you are an “expert”!

 

Suggested Items to Bring: Lunch or snack, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, binocs, camera, etc.

 

Please insure you are equipped with a life jacket, bailer, 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. Note: Minors are the sole responsibility of their accompanying adult.

 

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 available space & the approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Linda Sewell

 

This event will be rescheduled to the previous day, Saturday August 6th or canceled in case of severe weather including winds forecast above 30kph and temperatures forecast above 30c. A confirmation email will go out just before the event. If in doubt, contact Linda on the morning of the trip at 613-832-0560 before 8AM.

For more information or to volunteer to lead a trip, contact Art Solomonian at .

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MVFN Rideau Canal Paddle Day July 23

Photo by Simon Lunn
The Rideau River and Bascule Bridge

Rideau Canal Paddle Saturday, July 23rd– 10am

 

Paddle: Rideau River & the Swale, from Smiths Falls Detached Lock to Poonamalie Lock, return

Leader: Simon Lunn, Naturalist

Carpooling: At your discretion (none organized by MVFN)

GPS Coordinates for Boat Launch: 44 degrees 53 min 47 sec N. by 76 degrees 01 min 37 sec W.

Max. No. of Participants: 18

Directions from Almonte (and subsequently Carleton Place): Take County Road 29 and drive roughly 10km southeast to outskirts of Carleton Place, turning left on McNeely Ave. Drive approx. 2.5km east to intersection with Highway 7. Turn right and drive approx. 500m to intersection with Highway 15. Turn left and drive 26km south to Smiths Falls, turning right onto Cornelia St. E. Drive 500m through intersection onto Cornelia St W , driving a further 500m to intersection with William St. W. Turn left and drive roughly 1km until road turns into Abbott St. N. and crosses a bridge over the Rideau Canal channel. Immediately turn right (before crossing the bridge over the lock at Smiths Falls Detached lockstation) onto small laneway into parking lot by the old Bascule Railway Bridge.

Directions from Ottawa: Take Hwy 417 west and then Hwy 7 through outskirts of Carleton Place until you reach the intersection with Hwy 15. Turn left following directions as noted above.

Directions from Perth: Take County Rd. 43 west from Perth, driving approx. 17km to intersection with William St W at outskirts of Smiths Falls. Turn right following directions as noted above.
Time & Length: Scheduled paddling start is 10am (please arrive at 9:40am at the latest) Estimated paddling time is roughly 3 hours or so return for a total length of 8-9 km.

Launch Site: The boat launch is located on the north side of the canal at Smiths Falls Detached lock station, on the downstream or town side of the historic Bascule Bridge. Be forewarned and be brave – you will likely encounter lots of Canada Goose droppings in the launch area :O) This site is accessed from a small laneway that is reached by turning right off Abbott Street N. (on the west side of Smiths Falls) just before crossing over the bridge spanning the canal channel at the lock station.
A unisex portable washroom is available directly behind the lock office across the lock from our departure launch site; otherwise washrooms are available at a nearby gas station and fast food outlets. There should also be a public washroom available at Poonamalie Lockstation (our snack/lunch break destination

The Paddle: We should hopefully enjoy an easy upstream paddle along the slow flowing Rideau River, starting under the Bascule Railway Bridge at Smiths Falls Detached Lockstation (Lock #31) on the Rideau Canal, around a marshy island in the Swale wetland, then continuing upstream in the river channel to Poonamalie Lockstation. Here we will take a snack/lunch break before paddling back downstream to Smiths Falls. Be prepared for several stops along the way during which your leader will interpret some of the rich flora and fauna we hope to encounter, as well as a bit of fascinating Rideau Canal history.

 

Nature to Potentially Encounter: Some of the previous wildlife highlights along this route include Marsh Wren, Common Loon, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Black Tern, Osprey, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Moorhen, Trumpeter Swans (flying over), Eastern Kingbird, Willow Flycatcher, and other bird species, as well as River Otter, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle and Muskrat. Hopefully we will encounter several of these species, possibly with young at this time of year.

Suggested Items to Bring: Lunch or snack, water, sunscreen, insect repellant, binocs, camera, etc.

Please insure you are equipped with a life jacket, bailer, 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. Note: Minors are the sole responsibility of their accompanying adult.

 

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 available space & the approval of the trip leader. For further information, contact Simon Lunn.

This event will be rescheduled to the following day, Sunday July 24th or canceled in case of severe weather. A confirmation email will go out just before the event. If in doubt, contact Simon on the morning of the trip at 613-283-6663 before 8AM.

 

For more information or to volunteer to lead a trip, contact Art Solomonian at .

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MVFN Taylor Lake Paddle Day Trip July 10

 

 

Sunday July 10, 10AM

Photo by Denis Gallant.   Taylor Lake

 

Leader:  John Willis
Carpooling: None

Directions:

  • From Almonte take County Rd.16 (Wolf Grove Road) 12km to Lanark Concession Rd 12C (12 Line ). Turn north (right)
  • From Perth, take Hwy 7 25km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.). Turn left. Drive 8 km to Wolf Grove. Turn left. Drive 3 km to Concession Rd 12C. Turn right.
  • From Carleton Place, take Hwy 7 9km to County Rd. 9 (Tatlock Rd.), turn right and follow Perth directions above.

The Launch Site: End of road

The Paddle:  Taylor Lake is connected to Clayton Lake. Circumnavigate the lake. In 1969 the lake was raised considerably with the reconstruction of the dam at Clayton, but watch for underwater stumps in bays. Directly in a line across the lake from the boat launch is Floating Bridge Road leaving the shore. Connecting these two points was a famous floating bridge. It was closed in the 1940’s but was wiped out by hurricane Connie in 1964 and many of the logs can be seen on the bottom of the lake.

Watch For:  Loons, ducks, geese, marsh and shoreline birds

Time:  Scheduled departure is 10:00 am. Trip duration is an estimated 4 hours return.

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 your membership here. 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 .

This event will be rescheduled to July 9th or cancelled in case of severe weather. A confirmation email will go out just before the event. If in doubt, contact John on the morning of the trip before 8:00 AM. Please note that John not have mobile service. Please contact him at the address above.

For more information or to volunteer to lead a trip, contact Art Solomonian at .

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MVFN Fall Paddling/Hiking Camp

Photo by Brenda Boyd

Several Spots Left for Fall Camp!

We already have 20 participants signed up for our MVFN Fall Paddling/Hiking Camp!  We will accept up to 10 more people for this hopefully still reasonably warm, and bugless, fall four-day camp at Whitefish Group Campgrounds in Algonquin Park.  This is a favourite place of ours, as there are a variety of lakes and rivers nearby to paddle on, as well as several beautiful walking/hiking trails.

The camp will take place from Friday, September 9 to Monday, September 12. We rent two group campsites – one for cooking and eating under our kitchen shelter and for campfires; the other for tents and trailers.  There is cold tap water and privy toilets nearby. For those who don’t wish to camp, there are reasonably priced accommodations in Whitney, a 25-minute drive from the camp site, but book soon!

We set up camp Friday afternoon, enjoy the area, or have a swim, then cook our own suppers, eat together and have an evening campfire, where we chat, tell tall tales and have a sing-a-long.  Saturday and Sunday, there are organized ½ day (@2 hours) or full-day paddles (@4 hours paddling, plus a stop for lunch), or hikes.  The paddles are similar to MVFN’s day paddles, “Seeing Nature by the Water’s Edge” – no portaging required!  Saturday evening we have a pot luck supper and campfire. Sunday, after our day paddles and hikes, we have leftovers for supper and a farewell campfire.  Monday we break camp and wend our way back home. Anyone working during the week can come up after work Friday, or early Saturday, and you can leave Sunday evening.

To register, please fill out the registration form found HERE for each person:

The cost is $80 per person. This may be paid either by MVFN PayPal, or by e-Transfer to Brenda Boyd at this email address.   You can find the MVFN PayPal link on the Home Page of the MVFN website, www.mvfn.ca  Click on the “Donate or Payment” button on the right hand side, click on “Donate” and put “Fall Camp” in the message box at the end.

These fees cover the entry fee into the Park, the group camp sites fee, the per person/per night fee, parking and other group expenses such as firewood, etc.  Any surplus funds will be donated to the MVFN Young Naturalists Program.

Enroll soon in order not to lose the opportunity to join us for a wonderful fall weekend of camaraderie, paddling and hiking in magical Algonquin Park.

For further information, email the Paddling Committee at
or email Brenda Boyd

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Canonto Lake Paddle – Sunday, May 29th, 10 AM

 

Photo by D. Gallant (Common Lon, Canonto Lake)

Paddle: Canonto Lake in North Frontenac Township
Leader:  Denis Gallant
Carpooling: At your discretion (none organized by MVFN)

Directions from Almonte: Take County Road 16 (CR16) west for 25 km to Hopetown. Turn right on CR511 for 2 km to S. Lavant Road. Turn left on S. Lavant Road (CR16) and drive for 28 km to Beatty. Turn right on Cruise Road for 5 km and then left on Canonto Road for 1.5 km – the launch point will be on your right. The total distance is 68 km (allow 1 hr).
Directions from Arnprior: Take CR29 to Almonte, and then follow the Almonte directions.

Directions from Perth: Take Hwy 7 to Maberly. Turn right (north) on CR36, and stay on CR36 to Snow Road Station (20 km). Continue north on CR509 for 12 km, then turn right on CR16 to Beatty (2 km). Turn right on Cruise Road for 5 km and then left on Canonto Road for 1.5 km – the launch point will be on your right. The total distance is 72 km (allow 1 hr).

The launch site is located off Canonto Road near a small dam. It’s an ideal launch for canoes and kayaks – gravel boat ramp and small wooden dock. There is no privy at the launch site.

Time:  Scheduled paddling start is 10 AM (please arrive by 9:45 AM at the latest).

The paddle: The first thing you might notice about Canonto Lake is the clarity of the water. After paddling out of Cruise Bay, we will head across to the north side of the lake and follow the northern shore to Arcol Island. There’s a small low rocky island behind Arcol Island where we can have lunch before more exploring and paddling back to the launch site via the southern shore. The paddling route is about 12 km in total.

Nature to see: Be prepared to observe nature sightings as we paddle along the shores of the lake and, if possible, upload your observations to the iNaturalist platform. Check this iNaturalist link to view current nature observations for Canonto Lake.

Items to bring: Lunch, lots of water, bug juice, sunscreen, binoculars, a camera, etc.

Ensure you are equipped with a 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.  Note: Minors are the sole responsibility of an accompanying adult.

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 Denis Gallant.

This event will be rescheduled to May 28th or cancelled in case of severe weather. A confirmation email will go out just before the event. If in doubt, contact Denis on the morning of the trip at 613-355-0255 before 8:00 AM.

For more information or to volunteer to lead a trip, contact Art Solomonian at .

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