Otonabee Paddle (pt II)
Friday, June 29, 2001
route: From Lock 19 (just below little lake) in Peterborough to Fraserville Landing-- and back again
length: 1 day
offsite report: http://nay-oh-mee
Who knew that the Otonabee River had such beautiful sections of undeveloped shoreline? We saw all the usual riverside suspects as well as muskrat, bluejays, and a flash of colour that was most likely a baltimore oriole. Nary a rapid to be run, but we kind of like it that way. And just as it was getting a little too warm for comfort, we got 15 minutes of downpour to cool everything off (at which point we realized the bailer was in the car. Hats work.)
We shared the river with only a few powerboats, all but one even slowed as they passed us. Perhaps they are used to being the 'little guy' when they share a lock with the giant cabin cruisers?
The original plan involved paddling all the way to Rice Lake-- but lack of a second shuttle car and a closer look at the map revealed this to be a stupid plan. Fraserville landing proved to be the ideal place for lunch. Then we just floated upstream back to Peterborough-- propelled by what had previously been a headwind :^)
All in all, a good day well spent-- and a strong argument in favour of Otonabee River Paddle (pt III)!