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Madawaska River


This route takes you along a picturesque section of the Madawaska River, passing by cottages, sections of undeveloped shoreline, and the hamlets of Springtown and Burnstown.

The Madawaska River originates in Algonquin Park flowing hundreds of kilometres until it reaches the Ottawa River. While paddling keep an eye out for King Fishers, Great Blue Herons and other wildlife. The natural flow of the river (towards Burnstown) is such that little strenuous effort is required.

However, if you decide to retrace your route, it is recommended you time it during "non-peak" demand for electricity.



The current will increase as Ontario Hydro allows more water to flow through the Barrett Chute dam, several miles upstream and at the head of Calabogie Lake. An excellent shuttle pickup point is Burnstown Beach. Canoe downstream in the northeasterly direction. Be careful as the river moves swiftly near the park. At 4.5 km you will pass the village of Springtown (on your left) and later (at 6 km) go under the Springtown bridge. Traveling an additional 6 km downriver will bring you to Burnstown.

You will travel through the old bridge pylons, then under the elevated Burnstown bridge. Shortly after the Burnstown bridge you will be at the take-out point - Burnstown Beach, which is located on your left. There are washrooms on=site and adequate parking.



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