We normally run the Lower Madawaska sometime in early May with open tandom canoes. This year I am hoping to run the Oxtongue instead. Would there be much that can be run in may? Where is the best place to put in and take out? Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks, Henk
The Oxtongue is paddleable from Oxtongue Lake to Hyw35, the most challenging part being along Oxtongue Lake Rd which is easily scoutable. Too long ago to remember details but an easy daytrip. April May should be prime.
There are some sections after Oxtongue Lake you should definately know about before you go and scout carefully while there. The section near the little park (Lion’s Park?) has some wery serious consequences. There are also two falls in the section above Oxtongue Lake, but they are easily avoided if you watch for the portage signs and know approximately where they are. Algonquin Outfitters can give you detailed information You can also get the Chrismar map on the route, or read about it in Hap Wilson’s book “Wild Muskoka” (or something like that.)
Warnings aside, it is a great trip, even for flat water types. Most of the swift water you will encounter above Oxtongue Lake (except for the falls) is easily runable if you have even modeate WW skills. Just make sure you scout – at least one rapid goes around a corner and drops over Ragged Falls.