MAD River Summer Whitewater (last minute) One day Creemore to Glencairn

Last minute SUMMER Whitewater one day trip on the MAD River in Creemore Ont (90 minutes from Toronto) . Experienced flat water and tripping canoeists invited to come learn whitewater paddling under "controlled" conditions. *** WHO can come: please read the NOTES Section. ****

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 in canoes. (I mostly want to know this will not be your first time in a canoe. 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 sent a summary of my paddling background. The Mad River is MAD when it gets MAD (levels change quickly in spring / summer rain storms. **** Intermediate Skill Level **** for this trip means you have high skill levels on big flatwater and are comfortable navigating lakes in windy conditions. I want you to be comfortable with your ability to paddle forward on either side of the canoe, back paddle, ferry, back ferry, draw, cross draw or cross bow draw. I will teach you the white water part. Whether we run the river from the top at Riverside Dr or move down river will depend on flow levels at Put In time and the skill levels of the paddlers who sign up.

lCome play with me on Saturday July 6 2024. . I have my own tandem canoe and am looking for a partner. Can supply a tandem canoe if a team needs one. Tandem Canoes get Priority for signup. Some solo paddlers can come if i know you. 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. Looking for two to six canoes. I want at least two tandems. I have scouted the river on Thursday July 4. from shoreline points. The predicted rain (10 to 15 mm ) overnight Friday night should give us good paddling levels for Saturday.

The Basics
Event Location: 
- Riverside Dr and County Road 9 in Creemore Ontario
Date(s) & Time: 
Saturday, July 6, 2024 - 10:00
Registration Cut Off: 
Friday July 5 2024 9PM (so I can go the bed and get some sleep before we play)
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 (depends)
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. The river will hopefully be at floods levels similar to spring conditions. Please wear helmets, PFD, wetsuit of drysuit, closed toe shoes. Class II experience. please SRT trained people, please bring your emergency recovery kits, ready to do battle, just in case. The river has a lot trees in it this year.

Required Items to Bring: 

: Drysuit, or wetsuit, 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). Don't like all worst case scenario stuff scare you. The river needs to be respected.
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 and the material they are made of does not bounce off rocks well ) If Pac boat is 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: 
Organizer will evaluate river levels the night before and at 6am. Please provide contact cell number
Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Andy Hueton