Difficulty: Easy paddling, but be aware and respectful of power boat traffic and the current from Healey Falls just above Lock 15. Accessing the Crowe Bridge Conservation Area requires good mobility on rocky footing as you need to pull your boat up onto relatively rocky shore south of the falls and walk up in the shallow water or along the exposed rock - a particularly fun adventure in the summer when water shoes and bathing suits are on already.
Distance: Approx. 5km round trip, but as short or as long as you wish! (You can put in at Lock 16/17 if you’d like a slightly longer paddle and more lockage).
Launch point: At Lock 15 you can turn left onto Canal Rd off of 11th Line W and immediately on your right you’ll see an access point - a little gravel and pavement ramp. You can drop your boat and gear here and then bring your car up to the Lock parking lot. As this puts you at the top side of the locks you get to lock through which is what I recommend if you are kayaking and/or are concerned about carrying your canoe down the stairs. If you want to skip the lock you can portage your vessel down the stairs. This is easier to do in a canoe though as there is a foot and a half drop from the canal down and the natural shoreline beyond is fairly rocky. This still requires some agility and strength to put your vessel in the water.
Shuttle Info: Round trip – no shuttle required.
Directions: 10 minutes north of Campbellford. Map Link.
Best Time to Go: Since the easiest access point for this route is from the top of Lock 15, May to October is the best time of year to take this route so you can take full advantage of the Locks while the Waterway is open. Otherwise, it requires portaging down the stairs and putting in from the canal side (1.5 feet up from the water- depending on water levels).
FOR ALL PADDLING suggestions in Northumberland County at https://www.northumberlandtourism.com/en/see-do/paddling.aspx
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