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Kahshe River River Lane

Saturday, October 17, 2009

About 135 Km north of Jane and Steeles, up Highway 11.

Jane and Steeles to River Lane

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Take Highway 400, then Highway 11. About mile after crossing the Severn at Severn bridge, exit to Southwood Road and proceeed about 4 Km to the concrete bridge at the River lane junction. The concrete bridge is shown in the photos below, but you'd have to be on River Lane to recognize it as such!

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We travelled downstream and into Sparrow Lake.

An alternative trip would be to portage over the rapids 200 yards upstream from the concrete bridge, and paddle up to Elderberry Lane .

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Our fallback plan was to drive a little further north along Southwood road and turn right to the Elderberry Lane spot. From there the river apepars to meander lazily through a wooded area.

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We did an short out-and-back upstream to the rapids, then went downstream and traveresed Sparrow Lake to the northern end.

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The view in the morning sunlight prior to our launch. The house is on the north bank of the river, immediately west of the Southwood Road bridge.

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Here is a view downstream from the same spot. You can see the current in the foreground.

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We set off upstream, for we know that just past the bridge are rapids.

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And here they are, tumbling through about three or four feet. Will we portage past them? No we will NOT!, for we have all the downstream to explore.

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We head downstream. The air is calm, the sun, when it leaks through the trees, is warm on our backs. The reflections are wonderful.

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"Peaceful" doesn't come close!

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The fall colors are evident. This image is a tad-overexposed; the tree was more brilliant than this.

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I am still strugg;ling to do justice!

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Around the bend and . Rapids! Darn! We climbed out on both banks (not at the same time) and spent about 40 minutes examining the possibilities. Of course, rocks and steep cliffs line each side of the river.

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After 40 minutes consultation, a 10-minute portage sees us back in the water. We continue downstream.

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We are, of course, wearing our flotation jackets. Besides giving us extra minutes should we tumble in, they provide insulation against the morning breeze.

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Fred demonstrates how to signal a left-hand turn.

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Here we are debouched into Sparrow Lake. We are about to head to the northern end of the lake.

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At the mouth of the river is a cleared grassy area that looks as if it could be a community park.

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Fred finds a perfect lunch spot. Our entry to the lake lies behind the dark-green clad point immediately behind the large rock in the middle distance.

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Here is a view across Sparrow Lake. I don't know how that twig got there

While we ate lunch, a mink scurried past us, between us and the canoe.

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The trees here made me think of Australian gum trees.

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The shoreline is beginning to flesh out in color.

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We head towards, but not onto, a sandy beach on Kilworthy Road.

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The trip back was into glittering sunlight with a strong breeze at our back just the way we like it.

Note that this far north, the lakes slope towards the WEST, whereas further south they slope to the South.

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We passed a set of large dormitory-type residences.

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Here we are, back at the mouth of the river.

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The wind has picked up and the waves slide by as we turn out of the lake.

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Fred remarked on the wind-shaped pine trees

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After the lake, the river seemed silent, and yet we both remarked on how quiet it was ON the lake.

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The river was a sea of tranquility.

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The banks are thick with grass and dead brush. Fall has arrived. This might be our last paddle of the season (snif!)

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A chunk of polystyrene foam floating in the water appears with its reflection to be a half-submerged concrete pipe!

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The river is glassy, despite the mild current coming down from KahShe Lake

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In the distance a pine tree stands like a church steeple.

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The day stayed clear and warm. Perfect weather.

The sky remained clear throughout our trip.


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