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Paddle Canonto Lake

To all MVFN paddlers and friends:

Paddle Canonto Lake

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Canonto Lake is a long and beautiful little lake just off the west corner of Lanark County, about a 1 ¼ hour drive from Union Hall, through Lavant and Lavant Station.

Come and enjoy ‘Nature from the Water’s Edge’ on this pristine northern lake.

Organizer:  Cliff Bennett

Car-pooling arrangements: Eastern Lanark and area, meet at Union Hall at the corner of the Wolf Grove and County Road 29 for an 8:30 am departure. Western Lanark area, meet in Hopetown , across from the general store for 9:00 am departure.

Bring: Picnic lunch, water, binoculars, bug juice, sunscreen, life jackets, heaving rope, bailer & whistle (all safety equipment mandatory).

Please note that you must pre-register for this eventFor registration and further information, please contact Cliff Bennett at 613-256-5013 or . If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, contact Cliff and he will try to match people up.

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Cliff before 8 am.

 

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July 2013 Canoe outing Mississippi River Pakenham to Blakeney

Canoe the Mississippi River from Pakenham to Blakeney (#17 on Guide)

 Sunday, July 21, 2013

We will park and launch at Pakenham town beach/sports field/horseshoe pits. The trip will be a flatwater paddle upstream approx. 8.5 km (about 1.5 hrs) to Blakeney; picnic lunch on west bank near falls (short hiking trails, outhouse up near roadway), then paddle back downstream. Typically several herons & other birds.

 Car Pooling Arrangements: East Lanark: Esso Gas Station at Almonte (corner of Road 29 & 16 (Christian St. & Wolf Grove, for departure 8:45 am.

Bring: binoculars, lunch, bug juice, life jackets (mandatory)

 For registration and further information, please contact Sheldon Scrivens at 613-836-0309 or .

Please note: You must pre-register beforehand for this event. If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, please call Sheldon  and he will try to match you up.

 In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Sheldon’s cellphone no later than 8:00 am @ 613-720-9506.

 

 

 

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2013 MVFN Summer Canoe/Kayak Program Schedule

2013 MVFN Summer Canoe/Kayak Program Schedule –

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR MANY OF MVFN’s REGULAR CANOE TRIPS AND THE FALL PADDLE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED

Photo 2 2012 canoe camp

The following dates have been set. Please check back for details for each of these MVFN member events.

Regular Summer Canoe/kayak Outings:

Sunday July 7

Sunday July 21

 

Annual MVFN 4-day Canoe Camp:

September 13-16

 

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Mississippi River from Appleton to Almonte – MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing

Mississippi River from Appleton to Almonte MVFN Canoe/Kayak Outing

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Meet at 9 a.m. at the boat launch site in Appleton, on River Road just below the Appleton dam. We will canoe/kayak along the Mississippi River shoreline’s wet meadows and swamps. When we reach Almonte, we will stop at the Almonte beach where we can swim in the river. We will lock our canoes and go for lunch at the Barley Mow. We will paddle back to Appleton. Each way takes about 2 hours.

Bring: Lots of drinking water, binoculars, (we will be going to the Barley Mow for lunch), bug juice, life jackets (mandatory). Every vessel needs a safety kit (Bailer, floating throw-line, pea-less whistle & flashlight). An extra paddle is recommended per vessel.

 If you have a canoe and need a partner, or don’t have a canoe and would like to partner, call Bob or Louise at 613-623-2358 or .

In case of severe weather, this event will be cancelled. If in doubt, call Bob or Louise no later than 8:00 A.M. For further information, please call 613-623-2358.

Please note: You must pre-register beforehand for this event. This is an MVFN members only event.

Thank you

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MVFN July Canoe Trips Yield Many Bird Species

Press Story

July 27, 2012

MVFN July Canoe Trips Yield Many Bird Species

by Cliff Bennett

In spite of the extremely hot weather in July, Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) embarked on two very successful canoe/kayak journeys to enjoy the water and to see nature from the water. Slathered with plenty of sunscreen and accompanied always by a gentle breeze over the waters, the paddlers skirted the shorelines, creeks and wetlands in search of nature’s wonderments.

The first trip, organized by MVFN member Terry MacIver of Arnprior, was held on Stump Lake north of Elphin on Sunday, July 8. Twenty-six members in ten canoes and six kayaks put in at the public dock on County Rd 36 and circumnavigated the lake east to the High Falls Dam. Of interest were the many wetland plants in bloom along the wetland edges of the water at this time including beautiful blue pickerel weed, blue flags, one clump of jewel weed and good examples of flowering swamp milkweed. One highland cranberry bush was found along with red-osier dogwood.

The lake lived up to its name as ring-billed gulls occupied every stump showing above the water right across the lake. One hunting osprey was watched by the group but no catch was evident. Other birds listed were kingbird, kingfisher, swamp sparrow and song sparrow. A few boaters paddled up-river from the lake into the Mississippi River as far as the mouth to McLaren’s Snye but found only a tree swallow swooping serenely under the bridge.

Later in the month, on July 22, twenty-five members put in at the new Drummond/North Elmsley boat dock and launch site at Ferguson’s Falls. In nine canoes and seven kayaks, the group paddled up-river on the Mississippi along beautiful and lush soft maple wetland shores to a lunch break half way between County Rd. 15 and highway 511.

Organized and led by MVFN members Howard and Mary Robinson of Clayton, this trip concentrated on birds seen and heard in the wetland trees. Twenty-five species of birds were listed including woodducks and blue-winged teal, a pair of loons with one baby, pileated woodpecker, warbling and red-eyed vireos, one pied-billed grebe, great blue herons and a huge flock of young red-winged blackbirds. Many painted turtles were spotted sunning themselves on protruding logs and one rare Blandings turtle was seen.

The MVFN canoe/kayak program which is themed “Seeing Nature from the Water’s Edge”, continues in August, with trips planned for Sunday August 12th and Sunday August 26th. The overall canoe/kayak program is organized by MVFN Board member Bob Volks. For information call Bob at 613-256-7333 or e-mail .

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