Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Mississippi River Paddle

Saturday, Aug 26, 2017

Paddle the Mississippi River from the bridge at County Rd 15 upstream towards Playfairville and return. This is the upstream option of  Paddle  #4 in the MVFN brochure “Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys”. The journey passes by soft maple woodland, the Fall river inlet, Canadian shield countryside, and the inlet of the Clyde River.   Lunch will be on an island in the Mississippi River. The return downstream will take less time than the upstream journey.

Car Pooling Arrangements: Eastern Lanark: meet at Union Hall for departure 8:30 am; Western Lanark: meet at the boat launch site for 9:00 A.M. The boat launch site is just off County Road 15 at 400-432 McIlquham Blair Rd, Lanark, ON K0G 1K0, opposite Mal’s Camping. The site can be searched on Google maps with coordinates 45.005120, -76.326053

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, insect repellant, sunscreen, swimming attire. You must also be equipped with mandatory life jackets and safety kit with bailer, whistle, flashlight and floating line.

Pre-registration: You must pre-register for this event. Your MVFN registration should be up to date. To register please email Howard & Mary @   If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Howard or Mary at 613-256-0817 or

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled.  If in doubt, call Howard or Mary no later than 8:00 a.m. at 613-256-0817

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MVFN Paddle on Pike Lake

MVFN Paddle on Pike Lake

Get your canoes, kayaks and paddles ready!

SATURDAY, August 12, 2017 (rain date Sunday, August 13)

We will follow paddle # 26 on MVFN’s Lanark County Canoe & Kayak Journeys map/guide. Pike Lake is south of County Rd. #10 between Perth and Westport.  The launch site is near the dam in Grant’s Creek and from there we will paddle into Pike Lake. We will stay south through the islands and then return. We will lunch on one of the many islands.  There is an extensive wetland at the east end of the lake, and in one of the mainland bays there is usually a small sandy beach that is good for swimming.

Leader:  Cliff Bennett

Car Pooling: East Lanark, meet at Union Hall for departure at 8:30 a.m.; West Lanark, meet at Glen Tay Public School, 9:15 a.m.; or, meet at the boat launch site at 9:30 a.m.

Bring: lunch, insect repellent, binoculars, sun screen, etc. Ensure you are equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.

Registration: You must pre-register for this event. MVFN membership must be up-to-date. You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader. For registration and further information, please contact Brenda Boyd at:   or 613-256-2706.

In case of severe weather on the morning of the event, please call Brenda before 8:00 a.m. to confirm.  Rain date the next day, Sunday, August 13, 2017.

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Tay River Paddle

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Time: Participants should meet at 9:30 AM at Last Duel Park, Perth, ON

Starting Point: Meet near the dock at Last Duel Park.  The park is located at 22 Craig Street in Perth, on the south shore of the Tay River. From Smiths Falls take Hwy #43 into Perth (Hwy becomes Craig Street in Perth) and turn left into the park immediately after crossing the Craig Street bridge over the Tay River. From Almonte or Carleton Place travelling east through the town of Perth from Hwy 7 and onto Drummond St. through town, turn left on Craig and right before reaching the bridge. Park opposite the dock area.

Difficulty: This should be a fairly relaxed paddle down the Tay River, passing through woodlands and extensive open wetlands. A few powered vessels may pass us, but boat traffic is usually not busy on the Tay.

Trip Leader: Simon Lunn, naturalist, photographer, experienced paddler, and former biologist/ecologist with Parks Canada, including the Rideau Canal.

Bring:  lunch, water, insect repellant, binoculars, sun screen. You must also be equipped with proper floatation gear, bailing bucket, whistle, heaving line, etc.

Pre-registration: For registration and information, please contact trip leader Simon Lunn at  or 613-283-6663. Your MVFN membership must be up-to-date.  You may bring a friend or two, subject to approval of trip leader.

NOTE: if you think you might only be able to paddle one-way on this trip (i.e., not paddle back to Perth), contact Simon to discuss alternate arrangements. We might be able to arrange a car or two to be left at Beveridges Lock Station to get you back to Perth.

If in doubt about the weather on Sunday morning, please call Simon before 8:00 a.m. to confirm the trip. 

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

Tay River, photo Simon Lunn

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MVFN Invasive Aquatic Plants Survey

NOTE: the new date for this planned event did not reach the level of registration required, and has been cancelled.

Paddle the creeks and bays of Mississippi Lake and take part in year two of this project. Working in conjunction with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the Mississippi Lakes Association (MLA), we will take part in a survey of invasive aquatic plants.

Our aim is to canoe all seven creeks which flow into the lake, collect samples of five known aquatic invasive species and report back to the MVCA headquarters.

Date: Saturday, July 30th (rain date August 13)

Time: 8:30 AM – approx. 2:30 PM

Meet at: Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority headquarters, 10970 Highway 7, Carleton Place, for donuts and coffee, orientation and reporting kits. Crews will be assigned to a specific creek area.

Bring: You will need the usual required canoe equipment, lunch, a pen or pencil, sunscreen etc

To register, or for more information please contact David Garcia at  613-256-6299  or via email  If you have a canoe and need a partner, or if you would like to partner with someone who has a canoe, let us know at the same time.

photo B. Boyd

photo B. Boyd


  • 8:30 AM meet at MVCA for coffee and donuts (MLA has budget for this)
  • Presentation on Invasive Species by MVCA specialists, information about how to fill out forms, etc.
  • Handing out of kits, directions to paddling access points, etc.
  • Leave between 9:15 and 9:30 AM
  • Return to MVCA around 1:15- 1:30 PM, have a late lunch (bring your own)
  • Staff will sort through the results and do a quick summary presentation of results.
  • End around 2:30 PM
  • A comprehensive report will be written up and sent to all participants, and a copy will be published in Mississippi Belle Online
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2017 Canoe/Kayak Day Paddle Trips Schedule

See nature from the water’s edge on an MVFN paddle in 2017!

Paddling dates (tentatively three Saturdays and three Sundays) have been set for our 2017 canoe/kayak day-trip paddle program. Dates for the annual spring paddle, four summer paddles and a fall day-paddle are as follows. Details of location and leader will be circulated a week or more prior to the trips.

Saturday May 27: Spring Paddle on Bolton Creek. Leader: Doug Younger-Lewis  613-256-2738. Additional details to be posted soon.

NOTE: Leaders are still needed for the following tentative paddle dates.

Saturday July 8:  Location and leader to be decided

Sunday July 23: Location and leader to be decided

Saturday August 12: Location and leader to be decided

Sunday August 27: Location and leader to be decided

Sunday September 24: Location and leader to be decided

Volunteers are needed for the dates above; please consider leading a day paddle trip! 

Please contact Doug Younger-Lewis at  or 613-256-2738 if you would like to volunteer to lead one of these day trips.


Tay River into Christie Lake

Bob’s Lake



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