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PostPosted: January 5th, 2008, 8:01 am 
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Anybody have plans for our January Thaw? Anybody want to paddle? I have my own boat now and itching to get at it.

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Rick I may be up for the maitland on Tuesday morning. The forecast is for hign of plus 10 and only light rain. I probably won't be 100% certain until Monday.

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That will work for me. We'll talk on Monday. We'll have to make sure we know which side of the bridge to meet on.

I am the proud owner of another used red canoe. This is good because my PFD, helmet and drysuit will still be colour matched. :roll:

It's 2m on the gage today but that's bound to change before Tuesday.

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It most certainly will go up, but 70% chance of rain..... :( Have fun :wink:

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The Maitland it is. 8:15 am south side of Benmiller bridge. Don't be late, some of us have to go back to work in the pm.

2.15m today.

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some of us have to work all day.....

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2008, 4:57 pm 
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Had a very nice paddle this morning.

Also had a very nice swim this morning. I don't think I have swum so far since I was on the swim team at East Lions Park 43 years ago. No pictures, but I can tell you the Maitland is a difficult river to swim out of.

My hand still hurts due to the death grip I had on my Pursuit paddle and my sinuses are completely cleaned and flushed out.

Thank you sweever for retrieving my canoe some kilometres downstream.

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I like a guy with a sense a humor as well as the sense of adventure.... :wink:

Good for you, Rick!


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Who knew that Ontario had a canoeing/swimming season in January?! I'm impressed.

43 years ago? You look so young in your picture!

How was the swim - presumably the river was pretty swollen? Was it just you and sweever? Did he grab you and flip you? I guess you should've asked Santa for nose plugs.

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PostPosted: January 8th, 2008, 8:17 pm 
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Just a summary of the trip with my high/low lights

Maitland River Trip (BenMillar to Hwy 21)

Weather- Light -steady Rain- High +12

Bridge Gauge (3.5-4)
Online Gauge (2.13)-I think this is an error as based on previous trips; it should have been much higher.


Two of us set out in solo canoes around 9:00am and began our 2.5-3 hour descent down the river. As we were traveling down I was on the look-out for the river wide 4 foot ledge at the Conservation area and thought it was farther down river than it actually was. I glanced over to shore at one point and noted the conservation pavilion on river right and soon realized that the ledge was coming up very quickly, too quickly in fact. I immediately started paddling hard for river right as there is sneak route near the shore. I almost made it over to the sneak route, but due to the fast current and my late scouting skills I found myself going over the ledge just left of the preferred sneak route. After some furious strokes to keep myself upright and facing down river, I made it through with only 4-6” of water in the boat.

The next section of the river was fairly uneventful until Lowers Piper Dam rapids. The previous trip, I had navigated through this section hugging river right. While I made it through without capsizing, there is a small vortex type hole in this area which kept spinning me in 15 foot loops until I exited the boat as the vortex spun me near the shore. This time, we decided to try river left. As I approached the standing/curling waves on river left, I quickly realized that this line probably wasn’t going to be any better. I navigated through the first 2-3 curling waves without incident. As I quickly approach the last in the series of curling waves, I knew I needed to go around it instead of punching through like the previous waves. I once again tried furiously to paddle over near the middle of the river to miss the curling wave. Once again I realized that I was not going to make it, so I pointed the canoe downstream and tried to power through. I was immediately stopped and the canoe was turned sideways on the wave. I side surfed (the first time on such a large wave and enjoyed the brief experience) for approximately two-three seconds. Then it was game over, and I found myself under the water talking to the fish. I quickly was separated from my boat and when I surfaced, I realized that I committed the cardinal sin of letting go of my paddle. I glanced around and noticed my boat just to the left of me and my paddle just to the right of me, maybe 6-12” from my grasp. I choose to get the boat first and then as I turned around to grab my paddle, it was 2-3 feet away and I could not reach it due to the current.

For the next 2-3 minutes, I was floating down the river, (feet first and up, and sculling with my hands) through smaller waves and fast current. Swimming to shore with boat in tow and fast current proved difficult and tiring. As I approached the first bend I realized that I was heading for a large curling wave and could not do a thing about it. Going through the wave was easier than I thought it was going to be as I was approaching it. Once through, I once again tried to pull the canoe to river right. I quickly realized that due to the strong current, I wasn’t making much progress and the canoe was stopping me from making better progress. I thought I was going to have to let the canoe go to give myself any chance of getting to shore before the next bend and what appeared to be more standing waves from my vantage point. I decided I would try to see if I could touch bottom as this river is generally shallow and made of smooth limestone rock bed. The water in this area was only waist deep and I quickly got the canoe to shore and started to warm my now frozen hands.

All in all a good trip, one lost paddle (cheap Mohawk), no injuries, my first January paddle, and new memories

And no I didn't grab Rick and flip him, I was to busy trying to swim to shore.


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Sounds like a perfect day! :wink:

3-5 on the bridge is starting to get a little pushy but its still a good level. At 4 to 5 on the brigde the river changes totally. New lines but lots of very beefy surf waves and a very pushy river.

From 4 on the gauge and above the ledge becomes termnal, I'd class it the same as a class V low head dam. with only two lines far left and far right. Pipers becomes a solid class III+ with very difficult lines due to the holes. Right across from the Doctors house ( which is the first take out ) is Mikes hole.... an 8' standing wave beside a flushing hole. The wave equals the Garb on the Ottawa at -2 sweet!!! :D This wave is not for the timid!!!! :wink:

With this rain the river will go up.... that said I may go Saturday? Its a fun river!!

PS ....if you need a new paddle I have them here. :wink:

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Wow, no wonder they were tough swims! That all sounds like a lot of wave.

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