Maybe this isn’t the right crowd to be asking, but I’m wondering if any of you have paddled upstream from Petawawa to the Mattawa River? Planning a school trip and trying to get a sense of how long it may take.
I grew up in deep river and used to fish in rolphton, deux rivere section.
Its all flat water next too zero current until petawawa. The only portage is a dam in swisha. Its pretty easy and boring just paddling straight all day. Just measure it on a map and 3-4 km’s per hour paddling. There are way better and more scenic (less developed rivers no cottages and towns) to do. Demoine, callounge?? that u could take them down if you don’t mind white water. Those are some rivers I used to due at the end of year with my school. The mattawa is an easy 2-3 day trip with some easy II.
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Thanks for your reply Colin. For this trip we are interested in tracing part of the voyageur route in conjunction with the history course in our integrated semester program at Outward Bound Canada College. Appreciate your thoughts.
the Mattawa is a great option AND its part of the Heritage system… even has some info boards along the portage trail in Samuel du Champlain PP. The whitewater is all class 1-2, all easily portaged, longest portage being 500m.
Trout Lake to Mattawa is a chill 4 days… first 2 days you see cottages, but nothing else after ?Turtle Lake?… the car shuttle takes about 1hr – 1.5hrs, and its pretty close to Burks Falls…
Hap Wilson has a guide for it… you can get a map from the Samuel du Champlain PP and its prolly on most road maps for South ON.
as for other historical trips… what about the French River system?