Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Canoe Journeys – #18 Mississippi River from Pakenham Downriver

Mississippi River from Pakenham Downriver

How to Get There: North from Almonte on County Rd. 29 to Pakenham, or from Ottawa, north on Hwy. 417 to Kinburn Side Rd. and west to Pakenham and over Five Span Stone Bridge.

The Launch Site: Park at foot of Five Span Stone Bridge. Launch at riverside.

The Paddle: Travel downriver as far as you wish, skirting shorelines for best effect.

Watch For: Explore Cody Creek on south shore. Red-headed woodpeckers nest in old trees. Many shoreline wild flowers. Otters are common. Lunch spots and tea rooms in village.

Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up.

WARNING: Stay clear of rapids under bridge by launch site.

 

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Canoe Journeys #15 Appleton and Mississippi River downriver

Appleton and Mississippi River downriver

How to Get There: From Ottawa Hwy. 7 to Appleton Side Rd. 3 km before Carleton Place. North to River Rd. and into Appleton village. Do not cross river.

The Launch Site: Small park below falls.

The Paddle: Explore bay and downriver towards Almonte. Land canoes under bridge beside Old town Hall, take River Walk under RR bridtge to explore downtown. Not recommended during spring flood.

Watch For: Old mill ruins, small hydro generating station, wetland shores. Herons abound. No lunch landing spots.

Seasonal Information: Be cautious of fast currents in spring flood. Warning: waterfalls: do not approach town bridge during spring flood.

 

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Canoe Journeys- #12 Clyde River at Lanark

#12 Clyde River at Lanark Village

How to Get There: From Perth take County Rd. 511 to Lanark. From Ottawa take Hwy. 7 past Carleton Place to County Rd. 15 and on to Lanark.

The Launch Site: In village, just over the bridge and turnright past feed store to park.

The Paddle: Explore downriver under bridges to dam. Then upriver through Kerr Lake and under County Rd. 511 bridge to rapids. Lunch at rapids or in the village.

Watch For: In Kerr Lake, colonies of black terns. Wetland shores abundant with waterfowl.

Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up. Beware of duck hunters in autumn.

 

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Canoe Journeys- #3 Fergusons Falls on the Mississippi River

#3 (Drummond/North Elmsley) area

How to Get There: From Ottawa take Hwy. 7 past Carleton Place to County Rd. 15 and turn right towards Lanark. Travel through Fergusons Falls at the Mississippi River until you meet the river again. From Perth, take County Rd. 511 to County Rd. 15 and turn east onto Drummond Conc 8A and onto Prestonvale Rd. to County R. 15 and east to Fergusons Falls.

The Launch Site: At parking lot beside Fergusons Falls Community Hall. Carry canoe to river behind.

The Paddle: Upriver only. Be cautious of rapids near launch site. Strong currents during spring flood.

Watch For: Excellent wetlands for water birds, herons and passerines. Watch for river otter.

Seasonal Information: Good until freeze-up. Strong currents during spring flood

 

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Canoe Journeys – #27 Bennett Lake

Bennett Lake :

#27 (Tay Valley Township)

How to Get There: From Perth, travel north on County Rd. 511 to Balderson, then west on County Rd. 7 to Fallbrook, then west on County Rd. 19 (Bennett Lake Rd.) 2 km to Ennis Rd. Follow on Ennis Rd. to Ennis Cottages (approx. 6 km).

The Launch Site: Boat launch site at Ennis Cottages. Launch fee $2.50 per vessel.

The Paddle: 1) Follow the lake shore clockwise and into Fall River and Fagan Lake. Several lunch spots on islands. 2) Follow the lakeshore counter-clockwise into Fall River to dam and back. Lunch at small park at dam, with permission.

Watch For: 1) Many small coves with various duck species and wild wetland flowers.
2) Rare black tern nests and other marshland birds.

Seasonal Information: Beautiful fall colours. Good both ways until freeze-up.

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