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PostPosted: June 1st, 2014, 2:24 pm 

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Hello paddlers. This is just a quick note to warn you of high volume on the Dumoine which we came off of Friday May 30th 2014. The flow on the river creates a need to upgrade most rapids by at least one class and causes some swifts to become rapids. It also makes some take out points for portages (especialy at Little Steeles Falls) difficult or dangerous to access. Depending on the condition of a group this could add days to your trip and/or put extra physical and mental strees on them creating more dangerous situations.
Good luck with the waves,
Gord Lawson
Dyers Bay ON

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PostPosted: June 1st, 2014, 2:48 pm 

Joined: January 22nd, 2005, 12:16 pm
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Location: Toronto
Gord has provided me with additional information.
... We just returned from canoeing the Dumoine from Riviere Du Nord to the Ottawa river and due to a lot of rain for days before we departed on Saturday the 24th of May the volumes were at their peak. This meant that almost all rapids needed to be upgraded AT LEAST one level. It also made some take out points, especially Portage left at Steele Falls (Big or Little depending on your references) very difficult to access safely. We almost lost a paddler at this point due to the beach being underwater and the current being very strong close to shore.
Our group had an experienced whitewater canoeing guide and a former whitewater rafting guide with us. without these individuals the trip could have taken much longer and not been near as safe.

Allan comment:
Thanks to Gord for posting what could be live-saving information.


A literal mind is a little mind. If it's not worth doing to excess, it's not worth doing at all. Good enough isn't.  None are so blind as those who choose not to see. (AJ)

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