Minesing Swamp

CanadaOntarioGeorgian Bay basin
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Admin
Trip Date : 
Route Author: 
Laura Laird
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
10 km
Duration: 
1 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
1
Total Portage Distance: 
300 m
Longest Portage: 
300 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Not applicable
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Unknown
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

An easy paddle on the Nottawasaga River, through an internationally significant wetland. An easy one way route, made possible if you use a shuttle, or car placed at the take-out.

You can enter the Minesing Swamp via Willow Creek, at the NVCA parking lot off George Johnston Road south of Minesing. Early spring is the best time, before the bugs are out and while there is plenty of water. Once in the swamp it is easy to get disoriented. Basically you go west until you are past the level of the heronry, then turn north.

You can also landmark the border between the Swamp and the Nottawasaga River as the River has densely tree-lined banks. Once you have turned north, you paddle parallel to the Nottawasaga for a while, then join the river by looping out east a bit before turning west. Some kind soul has placed markers at key points. It's a great relief to see them after feeling lost for so long.

Watch for the muskrats living inside the hollowed out dead trees. Often they'll drag green grass up to the top of the stump and sun themselves while eating.

In the spring the Swamp is like a moonscape, a dead forest filled with 12 feet of water. There is plenty of wildlife, mostly waterfowl and muskrats. The paddling is easy, the only hard part is not getting lost. If you take your time it is about 4-5 hours to Edenvale. The fellow at the Edenvale garage has many stories of having to go in to get someone. Cell phone reception is pretty good and a whistle is never a bad idea. Happy paddling!

Maps Required
Other Maps: 
A route map is available at the NVCA office in Angus, Ontario

Comments

Post date: Sun, 07/11/2010 - 12:15

Comments: 

Perhaps young child it is because your Dad isn't that bright and apparently you arn't either. I had to save your father that one stormy night. I was sleeping in my duck blind fort in the swamp when I heard the trespassing canoe. I started to track your father through the tall bull rushes. Little did he know my character or what a canoing hit I was in the army...when I crossed the finish line I knew the accolades of the 5th regiment lieutenant were meant for my beating chest and not his. No one will pass me in a canoe or cross my path in my swamp home

Post date: Sun, 07/11/2010 - 11:41

Comments: 

This place is so cool. it goes forever!! you can canoe forever!!! im not suprised somones dad got lost there overnight!!!! see ya later alurgaters!!!!

Post date: Sun, 07/11/2010 - 11:37

Comments: 

I love this place it so cool my dad once got lost overnight there!!! my email adress no caps!!!!

Post date: Sun, 04/20/2008 - 01:18
Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

You can enter the Minesing Swamp via Willow Creek, at the NVCA parking lot off George Johnston Road south of Minesing. Early spring is the best time, before the bugs are out and while there is plenty of water. Once in the swamp it is easy to get disoriented. Basically you go west until you are past the level of the heronry, then turn north.

You can also landmark the border between the Swamp and the Nottawasaga River as the River has densely tree-lined banks. Once you have turned north, you paddle parallel to the Nottawasaga for a while, then join the river by looping out east a bit before turning west. Some kind soul has placed markers at key points. It's a great relief to see them after feeling lost for so long.

Watch for the muskrats living inside the hollowed out dead trees. Often they'll drag green grass up to the top of the stump and sun themselves while eating.

In the spring the Swamp is like a moonscape, a dead forest filled with 12 feet of water. There is plenty of wildlife, mostly waterfowl and muskrats. The paddling is easy, the only hard part is not getting lost. If you take your time it is about 4-5 hours to Edenvale. The fellow at the Edenvale garage has many stories of having to go in to get someone. Cell phone reception is pretty good and a whistle is never a bad idea. Happy paddling!

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

Nottawasaga Conservation Authority for maps and info on Minesing Swamp ( 705-424-1479).
Canoe rentals and car shuttle at gas station in Edenvale (705-728-1676)

Post date: Sun, 10/09/2011 - 20:49

Comments: 

09OC11
After the 25 min car shuffle from Edenvale to Angus it took us a little over 5 1/2 hrs for the canoe trip. There are 5 log jams the longest 500 meters the shortest 50 meters. It looked like the water level had dropped about 50 cm in the past week. The fall colours were not spectacular this year but it was a beautiful day,the temperature was in the mid 20s C.
It was great to be on the water.