Paddle the Madawaska River

Originating in Algonquin Park, the Madawaska River flows over 230 km to meet up with the Ottawa River in Arnprior. The river is framed by two narrow provincial parks that closely follow the river’s path, aptly named Upper Madawaska River Provincial Park and Lower Madawaska River Provincial Park. The parks are not staffed. The upper portion of the river offers a course suitable for the average paddler and follows the natural flow of the river. If you want to travel back up the river, schedule your journey during non-peak times for electricity usage, as hydro dams will control the flow of the river and make for an easier return trip.

Originating in Algonquin Park, the Madawaska River flows over 230 km to meet up with the Ottawa River in Arnrpior. The river is framed by two narrow provincial parks that closely follow the river’s path, aptly named Upper Madawaska River Provincial Park and Lower Madawaska River Provincial Park. The parks are not staffed. The upper portion of the river offers a course suitable for the average kayaker and follows the natural flow of the river. If you want to travel back up the river, it’s recommended you schedule your journey during non-peak times for electricity usage, as hydro dams will control the flow of the river and make for an easier return trip.

Amenities: The Upper Madawaska River kayaking trail is 13 km one way or 26 km round trip. Start your journey at Cherry Point Park. There are washrooms and parking available as well as a picnic area and a place to launch your canoe or kayak. If you decide not to do the round trip, you can get out at Burnstown Beach and arrange for a shuttle back to your car.

How to get there: To get to Cherry Point Park, from Hwy 17, take the Hwy 508/Calabogie Road exit and go 22 km to Cherry Point Park. You will see it on the left side of the road.

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