A varied day’s canoeing starting where the Chalk River is narrow and passes through the open vista of an unspoilt wetland. The route traverses the small Otterson Lake and the larger Corry Lake interspersed with diverse scenic sections of the Chalk River.
The one-way excursion recommended is to drive one vehicle 12 km northwest of the village of Chalk River and canoe down river to a second (shuttle) vehicle left at Clarke’s Landing or further down river to the Petawawa Research Forest Visitor Centre. Almost guaranteed to spot ducks, turtles and other wildlife of interest Canoe down river through the marsh towards Otterson Lake. At the end of the Marsh paddle through a small stream. For further canoe excursion directions, please click here.
After a sharp turn in the river, when you start hearing fast-moving water and see a small bridge crossing the stream pull over to the left bank under a large pine tree. Take an unmarked 250m portage. Continue canoeing towards Otterson Lake. The last kilometre before the lake is through alder trees that overhang a shallow and narrow part of the river. Traverse Otterson Lake and canoe down a pretty and wider part of the river passing under a small covered bridge.
This area is known as a great place for watching wood duck and fishing for muskie (muskellunge pike) and small mouth bass. Lookout for painted turtles sunning themselves where the river enters Corry Lake. Paddle down Corry Lake, which is about 7 km long, and take out at Clarke's Landing, found 2/3rd the way along the lake on the left among the cottages. If your shuttle vehicle was left at the Petawawa Research Forest Visitor Centre, continue down Corry Lake, past the public beach on the right hand side of the lake. Enter Chalk River, passing under the bridge, and canoe 2 km to the Petawawa Research Forest Visitor Centre.
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11.5 km plus another 4.5 km to Petawawa
Canoeing & Kayaking
Natural, Scenic, Water
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