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Posted by Paul Gallagher Apr 2005

Edited by lchubb Apr 2010

About a one hour drive from Ottawa.

Mississippi Take-out is located beyond Lanark on County Road 12 on river left, just a few hundred meters east of (past) the junction with Iron Mine Road (which we usually use as the shuttle road). It is usual to leave a shuttle vehicle there (plan ahead).

ROUTE DIRECTIONS - FROM OTTAWA

 

 

1. Highway #7 west through Carleton Place. Then use directions either 2A or 2B:

2. Two ways to Lanark:

2A. 12 km after Carleton Place and after you pass a window factory on one side and Lanark Cedar on other there is a right turn at St. Johns Anglican Church onto County Road #15 to Lanark. It is well marked. #15 will get you to Lanark (= junction with county road 12) where you will turn left at the stop sign onto #12, then proceed 50m to another left (go to 3):

2B. Shorter way to Lanark: 12 km after Carleton Place and after you pass a window factory on one side and Lanark Cedar on other there is a right turn at St. Johns Anglican Church onto County Road #15 to Lanark. After 3 sets curves in road or 5km there is a strange intersection at the top of a hill. The road curves left past a converted old school house and there are two sharp right hand turns: take the 2nd, or paved one – it should be labelled County Rd. 12 and/or Pine Grove Rd. There are signs to Lanark Gravel and Wheeler’s Pancake House. You will arrive at the Town of Lanark 11km later where there is a stop sign (junction with County Road 15). Go straight ahead for about 50 metres to turn left:

3. The main street turns right*** at a Bank but you need to veer left (to stay on County Rd. 12, McDonalds Corners Road). Be careful here as it seems you are the one going straight but actually you are making a left turn and need to signal and watch for traffic.

4. After about 6 km you'll arrive at the Take-out just before the bridge (you see river on your left). Turn around & park take-out vehicle on wide shoulder beside the river where banks aren't as steep. (Note: some spots are difficult to drag a boat up from the river, so we usually take out in the middle of the Class 1 rapid after the bridge and after the large rock in the middle. Drive in either direction to put-in:

5. Two Shuttle Routes from Take-out to Put-in:

5A: Continue across the river (Mississippi) across the newish concrete bridge. Proceed another 4km to the first road going right after the bridge (If you see gravel pits you have gone too far). It is called Sheridan Rapids road or Con #5 Dalhousie. Drive about 2-3 km. Cross double bridges. This is "Sheridan Rapids" although the rapids are up-river and only easily accessible via private property. The put-in is on your right just immediately after and at the foot of the second bridge. Do not park blocking put-in, which is also a boat launch.

5B. Turn back from the Take-out: People familiar with the route would probably take this slightly shorter but rougher gravel Iron Mine Road which turns off #12 before the bridge & 2-300m before the take-out. This road travels parallel but not next to the river and gets you directly to the put-in bridge. Proceed up Iron Mine Road to the fork in the road with the bridge on the left. Put in using the boat ramp just downstream of the bridge. There is lots of room to pull off the road just before the bridge at the fork. Don’t block the road, bridge or boat ramp!

 

Mississippi River

This section of the Mississippi is a spring run (gets too boney once the levels drop) and is generally pretty easy – class 1 & 2, with only two class 2-3? rapids (Playfairville Rapids) that should be scouted.

The first is the site of an old dam & is preceded by a large calm pool with a large house on the top of a hill on the left. The river narrows & turns right. Take out on the left in the pool to scout (or line) the drop. 1-200m(?) after the dam, the river drops over a couple small ledges, which should also be scouted. After the dam, there are some nice big shore eddies on river right to pull out and scout (or portage) the ledges on the right.

This section is only 8-9 km (?) long & can be done in an afternoon, but we generally try to play it for a short, easy day, with lunch on the right shoreline while scouting the ledges. The takeout is soon after the bridge. The cars will be on the left & because some spots are difficult to drag a boat up from the river, we usually take out in the middle of the Class 1 rapid after the large rock in the middle after the bridge. It is possible to take out after the rapid, but it’s a 2-300m? portage back to the car.

After the River Run

*** Support the local community by enjoying a beer / hot soup / meal: Where the Main Street(?) In Lanark turns right***(on the way back to Ottawa from the river, this would be a ***Left turn!), follow it across the river, up over the hill & just over the rise, there’s a cute little friendly restaurant on the right. Park along the road in front of it, or just past it in a parking lot on the same side.