4 October 2013

Canoeing the Petawawa River, Algonquin PP, ON, CANADA: Lake Travers > McManus Lake

A Repeat River Trip Worth Repeating

Partner: Fred Ingram
Private Vehicle: Tim's Lake > Perth > Lake Travers, Algonquin PP, ON
Shuttle Vehicle: By Algonquin Bound Outfitters from Lake Travers > McManus lake for pickup
Tandem Canoe: Lake Travers > McManus Lake - CII+ / CIII, 3 days, 50 kms
Portage: around Crooked Chute
Private Vehicle: McManus Lake > Perth > Tim's Lake

View Petawawa River, Ontario, CANADA in a larger map

Right in our backyard, logistics are easy, intermediate whitewater all mixed in with beautiful Shield country.  

first paddled on the Petawawa as a Canoe Ranger in Algonquin Park in the early 70's. Over the years I have been on it's complete length, from the source at Ralph Bice Lake (Butt Lk.) to the Ottawa River confluence, except for a small section that runs through the military base at CFB Petawawa. A fellow canoeist, Rick Reid has been organizing annual Fall trips down this section for a couple of decades now. This is the second time I've joined them.

The Petawawa is a river in the Saint Lawrence River drainage basin in Nipissing District and Renfrew County in eastern and northeastern Ontario, Canada. The river flows from Algonquin Provincial Park to the Ottawa River at the town of Petawawa, and is only one of two major tributaries of the Ottawa River to flow completely free (the other being the Dumoine River. The river's name comes from the Algonquian for "where one hears a noise like this", which refers to its many rapids. 

Excerpt from KANOE TRIPPERS Adventure Journal: 

" It was really great to get in a boat again with Fred and share this tripping experience on the Petawawa. We haven’t paddled together since the Wekweyaukastic River in June of 2004. It was equally enjoyable to paddle with Rick and Doug again and to travel with some new paddlers, the father & son team of Steve & Dale. The ‘Pet’ is considered a jewel amongst eastern Ontario whitewater rivers - runnable rapids, nice Canadian Shield landscape and easy vehicle shuttling. Fred & I have promised to try to work this trip in as a tradition from now on and we plan on adding a couple of days fishing to push the overall length to 4 or 5 nights. "

PETAWAWA 2013  Photography

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