GRAND RIVER - The Oxbow
Matt and I met up with Randy and Candace for a quick paddle on the Grand River. The Oxbow is a great day paddle, as you can canoe for 16kms without a shuttle! "The Oxbow" is just that, an oxbow in the Grand River which loops back on itself. This means that you can walk back to the start easily to pick up the cars!
June 27, 2004:
April 10, 2005:
- Matt and I met Randy and Candace and followed them to the put in
- Put in at access point at UTM 561,450E; 4,773,330N (based on NAD83, UTM Zone 17N)
- Paddled "The Oxbow" to the next road bridge where we took out (UTM 561,810E; 4,772,120N)
- Matt and Randy walked back to the cars (1.7km) and drove them back
- Randy, Candace, Matt, Michael and his son Owen paddled the Oxbow loop for my first paddle of 2005
- The water level at the Brantford station was 175m3/sec. You can check current water levels on the GRCA webpage to compare.
- At this water level, we had no problems at all with rocks or rapids, and there were no low spots to speak of. I'm sure this stretch could be done with much less water.
- Total Paddle Time: 1:48:09
January 22, 2006:
- Matt and I got out today for the first float of the season---our earliest paddle ever!
- It was bright and sunny, and about 4oC, with a water temperature of a frigid 0.45oC (you do not want to get wet!)
- The water level at the Brantford station was ~235m3/sec. See the flow graph, below. You can check current water levels on the GRCA webpage to compare.
- At this water level, the water was quite high, but still not moving scary fast. However, it's certainly not recommended for beginners or those not confident in their skills.
Total Portage Distance: 0 m
Total Paddle Distance: 16.4 km
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