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Paddling trip, July 22 2023 – Pike Lake

Pike Lake Paddle
#26 in the MVFN Paddle Guide
Saturday, July 22nd – 10 AM

Leader: John Willis
Departure Time:  10:00am on Saturday July 22.  Please arrive at the launch site no later than 9:45am. If weather is not suitable, the trip will be rescheduled to the NEXT day, Sunday July 23.

Carpooling:  At your discretion. None required.

Launch Site:  The public boat launch at the dam at Grant’s Creek.

Directions:  Directions from Perth: From Hwy. 7 go into Perth (Wilson Street, then onto Gore Street) to County Rd. 10 (Scotch Line), then west on 10 towards Westport about 15 km. Watch for the faded boat launch sign on the left, 1 km past the turn-off to Stanleyville. If you are using GPS it is 4205 Scotch Line Rd. This is approximately 50 to 60 minutes from Almonte and 15 minutes from Perth.

Facilities:  Unknown.

Time & Length:  App 12km return. Roughly 4 hours

The Paddle:   Up Grant’s Creek into Pike Lake. Scenery includes several islands, an extensive wetland served by a half km. creek and an interesting and varied shoreline. We will look for a suitable lunch stop amoung the islands. The route is along the South shore.

Items to Bring:  Lunch & snacks, water/drinks, sunscreen & bug repellent, hat, binoculars, camera/smartphone.

Please be sure to bring your safety equipment: life jacket, whistle, bailer, heaving line and extra paddle.

At all times, please remember that we are a group of Naturalists. Please do not approach or otherwise do anything to startle wildlife, particularly during the nesting season. Take pictures to share with the group and/or post on iNaturalist.

Registration:  You must pre-register for this event by completing the registration form found HERE

MVFN Membership must be up to date (check your membership card).  If needed, you can update and pay for your membership on the MVFN website.  You may bring a friend or two, subject to space availability and the approval of the trip leader.  For further information, contact John Willis  by e-mail or phone 613-295-7730 (Cell) or 613-256-9233 (Home)

In case the forecast is for unsuitable weather on Sat. July 22, this event will be rescheduled to the previous day, Sun. July 23 or cancelled. A confirmation e-mail will be sent out just prior to the event in either case.

If in doubt, contact John at 613-256-9233 before 7:30am that morning.

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

NEXT TRIP: August 6 – Arn Snyder – #8 Mississippi River from Dalhousie Lake downstream

2023 MVFN Day Trip Schedule

Sun. May 28 – Denis Gallant – White Lake

Sat. June 17 – Simon Lunn – #21 Perth to Upper Beveridges Lock

Tues. June 27 – Andrea McCrady – #28 Upper Tay to Christie Lake *

Sun. July 9 – Pete MacEwen – #13 Mississippi River upstream from Pakenham

Sat. July 22 – John Willis – #26 Pike Lake

Sun. Aug 6 – Arn Snyder – #8 Mississippi River from Dalhousie Lake downstream

Sun. Aug 20 – John Grierson – Otty Lake

Sat. Sept 30 – Linda Sewell – Madawaska River from Clay Bank boat launch upstream

* Our first weekday trip, by popular demand.


  • Day Trips are open to MVFN members and their guests
  • The above schedule is subject to change.


Jul 22 2023