Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Mississippi River Paddle Upriver from Blakeney – Sunday June 20, 2021 10 am

 

 

Woo-Hoo!

We can leave our houses!

Photo: Denis Gallant

Join your fellow MVFN members and their guests for the first trip of the season on the Mississippi River at Blakeney for a paddle up river to the rapids. We will take a side trip up the Indian River.

Watch for bird life along the river as well as turtles, including the Northern Map turtle.

Leader:  Art Solomonian

Car Pooling: None

Directions:   From Almonte take Hwy 29, 6km, towards Pakenham. TR on Blakeney Rd, 750m to bridge. Park on the left just before the bridge. NOTE the parking lot may be busy with kayakers running the rapids. We will be going the other way! The put-in is on the right as you approach the bridge, right beside the town sign.

Time: Scheduled departure is 10 am. Trip duration is an estimated 2-3 hours return, but is weather dependent.

The trip:  A relaxed paddle on the Mississippi and Indian Rivers. Following the trip you can enjoy your socially distanced lunch in the park or stroll along the trail to the lookout below the falls.

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 June 19th, or cancelled. If in doubt, contact Art before 8 A.M.

 

For further information, contact Art Solomonian.

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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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