Gull River Scouting mission
Saturday, August 16, 2008
route: Various points on the Gull River
length: 8.6km, 1 day
offsite report: http://kapn
Made a number of stops following up Jeff's info about other paddling spots in the area. I also stopped at the MWWP to paddle for a bit.
- Elliot Falls (Hwy 35)
- Moore Falls
- Minden Wild Water Preserve
- Hart Lodge Trails (Hwy 35)
- West Guildford (Hwy 118)
- Cranberry Lake Rd. (At Cty. Rd. 6)
- Eagle Lake (Cty. Rd. 6 and Eagle Lake Road)
- dam doesn't look runnable
- swirly outflow, but nothing too crazy
- ragged ledge to finish
- not really viable for canoeists and not enought going on wave or hole-wise for play anyway
- two dams and two bridges
- east dam upstream of south Hwy 35 bridge
- west dam downstream of north Hwy 35 bridge
- both dams runnable, but east dam has logs set just above gunwhale height so serious deck-kissing would be required
- There's a gas bar for sale across the bay on Hwy 35. It has water access, a dock and a large builing on the highway. Anyone interested?
- there are a number of eddies and clear eddy lines that would make these two dams pretty good areas for teaching at the water levels I saw (high at theMWWP--8.6)
- best access for trailers and parking is off Pacific Road (Goolgle has it as Lutterworth Park Drive). There is a park at the end of the road. The shore is pretty overgrown, but it is possible to get to the water. There is a loop for turning trailers around.
- http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&saddr=&daddr=44.805839,-78.803215&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=15&sll=44.808635,-78.798881&sspn=0.013884,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=15" target="_blank">Google Maps link
Minden Wild Water Preserve
- What more needs to be said? It's great. Unfortunately not very beginner friendly anywhere but the washout.
Hart Lodge Trails
- Hwy 35 + #20
- 4 eddies, class 1
- left side of dam is runnable. Some interesting waves below right side.
- Some parking on Taylor Rd.
- http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&saddr=HWY-35+%4045.002391,+-78.701963&daddr=&hl=en&geocode=14327658015728593878,45.002391,-78.701963%3B8872135979778918214,44.805875,-78.803179&mra=mr&sll=44.90392,-78.75257&sspn=0.221773,0.617294&ie=UTF8&ll=45.006139,-78.689919&spn=0.027672,0.077162&z=14" target="_blank">Google Maps link
- riffles, nice beach, decent looking pizza joint
- probably not worth the stop unless you're looking for a swim or Pizza on the way to Eagle Lake
- Public park and parking
- nasty toilets with no paper
- picnic shelter
- dam is runnable (class 3)
- culvert under Haliburton Lake Road is passable (no grate), but may require ducking
- some roadside parking at take out downstream on #6
- shuttle is about 2km
- rapid near the end of the run has a rope across it. May be high enough, but couldn't tell for sure because I was so far away (700m.
- land for sale across the road from take out.
- what I could see of the river would give it a class 2 or 3.
- http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&saddr=&daddr=Eagle+Lake+Rd+%4045.128952,+-78.508109&hl=en&geocode=14327658015728593878,45.002391,-78.701963%3B18376017961650158614,45.128952,-78.508109&mra=mr&sll=45.105273,-78.57336&sspn=0.220996,0.617294&ie=UTF8&ll=45.130151,-78.505425&spn=0.006903,0.01929&z=16" target="_blank">Google Maps link
Photos and some notes can be found at http://www.vvcc.ca/gallery/GullRiver2008.>