Sunday April 21 MAD River (Whitewater) Creemore to Glencairn 90 min from Toronto

After a couple of years of not being available due to massive log jams, my favorite river, the MAD River (near Creemore Ont) , cleaned itself up in the rains of early April 2023, and a group of WCA members ran the fourteen kilometers of fast moving whitewater fun from Creemore to Glencairn (the river at that time of year rarely slows down)
I would like to do it again a bunch of times in the spring of 2024. This year I am put up two trips for April 13 and April 14 and they sold out but had to be cancelled due to high water, so I am offering it again the following weekend and two single one day trips. You choose the day, or do both. I may add more later in the spring at the last minute if river levels are ok.
Every person who registers for this trip is subject to review and acceptance by the trip organizer, which includes having each paddler submit a canoeing / river resume of training and experience on whitewater rivers. The trip organizer reserves the right to cancel the reservation of any paddler who does not comply with this request or refuses to answer follow up questions about their prior paddling experience. You will in turn be send a summary of my paddling background. The Mad River is MAD when it gets MAD (levels change quickly in spring / summer rain storms like April 9, 2024
Read this gauge:

The water rose 2.5 times it’s volume in just 4 hours on April 9. Simply MAD ???? Come play with me. Can supply a tandem canoe if a team needs one.

Tandem Canoes get Priority for signup. For safety, the group requires at least two tandems for forward scout and rear sweep. I can bump up the canoe count from six if I get signups who did the river April 13 or April 14

The Basics
Event Location: 
Meeting Place - Riverside Dr and County Road 9 in Creemore Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Thursday at noon (last minute can be done but please be reasonable)
Event Duration: 
one day (five to six hours on water)
Difficulty Rating: 
Participant Info
Who's Invited: 
WCA members and friends of members
Maximum Group Size: 
6 boats
Minimum Group Size: 
2 boats
Itinerary description: 

Meet at Riverside Drive / County 9 in Creemore at 10am. Drop boats and gear. Shuttle as many cars as we can to Glencairn Conservation Area on Webster Road in Glencairn (parking fee applies ) . Lunch will be on the river shore at Carruthers Memorial Conservation Area (just upstream from where the MAD River flows under Airport Road) . From here the river slows down a bit until our take out at Glencairn Conservation Area.

Required Items to Bring: 

REQUIRED: Drysuit, PFD, helmet, close toe shoes (no flip flops) . Painters for both ends of the canoe. Also bring your Whitewater PIN kit - carabiners, pulleys, accessory cord, webbing and throw bag) , in case we wrap a canoe, and a good hand saw if you have in (in case we have to cut a canoe out of a sweeper)
Please bring canoes that can handle hitting a few rocks (not your fancy kevlar or carbon fiber boats please) . I would prefer no Pac boats (gunnels too low) If Pac boat is s is all you have, please contact me before booking
Other items needed: PFD. Drysuit or wetsuit, Helmet (highly recommended), Sweater or additional warm layer for lunch stop, lunch, water, close toed shoes (no flip flops) .

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Change of shoes and towel to throw on seat of car you will be shuttling in. You probably want your change of clothes in a drybag or waterproof barrel to bring on the river , so that the change to dry is not delayed at end of day..

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

From Barrie: Take County road 90 (Dunlop ST exit off hwy 400) to Angus. Turn right on County Road 10 (just after Yellow NO FRILLS building) . Continue on County Road 10 to County Road 9 (for New Lowell and Creemore). Drive through New Lowell, continue through Creemore to Riverside Drive. Riverside Drive is about 1.5 km past the Fire Station which will be on your left as you leave Creemore. Turn right on River side Drive to Put In, about half a kilometer.
From western Toronto, drive up hwy 410 to hwy 89, right on hwy 89 to Airport Road, left on Airport road, driver north and turn left at Cashtown Corners to Riverside Drive. The Creemore Fire Station is at 76F55 County Road 9 in Creemore Ontario, which one minute east of the Riverside Drive put in.

Carpool Info: 

Contact Organizer. He lives up north in Stayner, near the river, but he will help organize car pool

Cancellation Policy: 
Yes you could, but please be sure you can come, please don't cancel.
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andy Hueton