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Lower Madawaska/Palmers Rapids

Flow:  11 cms: steady: very low especially in the shallower sections of the river

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Lower Mad/Palmers Map


The Lower Mad is a beautiful, safe, class 2-3 river. The water is fairly deep, all the rapids are easily scouted and seperated by relativly calm water. Popular with beginner-intermediate river runners, it also has a great park-and-play spot at the first rapid at flows above 75 cms.

The Lower is accessed to ways: a day trip from Aumond Bay to Buck Bay, which includes a 45 minute flatwater paddle to the first rapid (after that the rapids are close together). Alternatly, Park-and-Play paddlers often drive to the first rapid (Snake) and park at the hunt camp right next to the river.

Flow Information:

Min: runnable down to 10 cms
Ideal: running: over 35 cms, play: above 60 cms
Max: none. At higher flows many rapids become less technical and fairly washed out. Periodically peaks over 225 in May.


Running: from ice-out, which can be late April/early May at the put-in at Aumond Bay, until freeze up.
Play: stays ice-free all year, but best levels are from April through to late May or early June.


Lower Mad/Palmers Map

Aumond Bay to Buck Bay

Aumond Bay put-in: from Quadeville, follow Addington Rd. (past the chip truck) 5.1 Km to the end of the pavement. Continue on this logging road 2 Km to a dirt road on the right. Follow this rough road – the worst part has been paved!! – 2.5 Km to the small parking lot at Aumond Bay.

Buck Bay take-out: from the put-in: turn right on the logging road and follow it 6.2 Km to a dirt road on the right. This road ends at the Buck Bay take-out parking lot.

Hass Hole
Turn onto to Bruceton Rd and go 3.4 Km to the fork. Go left on Keller Rd and go 1.9 Km to small bridge. Immediatly after the bridge on the left is a driveway with a mailbox labeled “Clifford Hass”. Turn into the drive and follow it to the 2nd house. Stop there and pay to drive the rest of the way into the river. Thread your way through the ATVs, dogs and old cars and follow the track to the hunt camp. Get out. Surf. Smile.

Bruceton Rd from the West : 1.6 Km from the intersection of 28 and 514, just past the pancake house.

Bruceton Rd from the East: take 28 from Denbigh approx 30Km to Bruceton Rd. Bruceton Rd is about 3Km past the bridge over Snake Creek. If you get to the Pancake house, turn around.