Water….please give us some water!!!!!!

Ellie is having a stellar year, becoming a better paddler with every session!

Drought!

There is no other way to describe the summer that the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers are facing. For anyone reading this far from our Central Ontario home, things are PRETTY dry this year. Environment Canada has declared official drought conditions in various Ontario regions, including the area northeast of Toronto where our club regularly paddles and meets for our World Kayak-related Fun Runs. Unfortunately, the lack of water has put a cramp in the type of events that we regularly hold – in fact, it’s so dry that it’s the first year that anyone no one has run the dam that is a big part of our whitewater playground at Burleigh Falls.

The always gut checking, rock filled “Sketchy Left”!

Despite the low weather  limiting what we can do with the river, we’ve seen a consistent number of between 12-14 paddlers turning up each week to tune their eddying, ferrying and narrow, rocky (and shallow) creeking skills. A bonus has been the appearance of great boof ledge at the bottom of the falls, that is normally totally covered in fast flowing water. It’s been a great place for many to work on their boof technique without any big consequences. One unexpected result of the low water has been an increased number of swimmers at the bottom of the falls, as a result of getting pinned against an unforgiving rock ledge – a pretty tough place to roll up sometimes!

Marcie showing the ropes to future club leader Lexi

Weather can change and we’re hoping for the best before too long. We’re all giving thanks that the Ottawa River, with it’s reliable, warm flows, is less than 4 hours away.

Fun Run

If you’re a regular follower of the Central Ontario region on World Kayak, you’re familiar with our weekly series of paddling get togethers know as the Fun Run. Held on weeknights, starting at about 6:00pm, the Club meets at Burleigh Falls on Hwy 28. For the first few nights, water levels were high with a lot of water being released at the dam. This means big water at Burleigh allowing for several different lines down and over the falls at the bottom, and a couple of lines to be had at Sketchy Left.

Rookie paddler, Nik conquers the falls at Burleigh.

Fun Run

If you’re a regular follower of the Central Ontario region on World Kayak, you’re familiar with our weekly series of paddling get togethers know as the Fun Run. Held on weeknights, starting at about 6:00pm, the Club meets at Burleigh Falls on Hwy 28. For the first few nights, water levels were high with a lot of water being released at the dam. This means big water at Burleigh allowing for several different lines down and over the falls at the bottom, and a couple of lines to be had at Sketchy Left.

Rookie paddler, Nik conquers the falls at Burleigh.

Fun Run

If you’re a regular follower of the Central Ontario region on World Kayak, you’re familiar with our weekly series of paddling get togethers know as the Fun Run. Held on weeknights, starting at about 6:00pm, the Club meets at Burleigh Falls on Hwy 28. For the first few nights, water levels were high with a lot of water being released at the dam. This means big water at Burleigh allowing for several different lines down and over the falls at the bottom, and a couple of lines to be had at Sketchy Left.

Rookie paddler, Nik conquers the falls at Burleigh.

Fun Run

If you’re a regular follower of the Central Ontario region on World Kayak, you’re familiar with our weekly series of paddling get togethers know as the Fun Run. Held on weeknights, starting at about 6:00pm, the Club meets at Burleigh Falls on Hwy 28. For the first few nights, water levels were high with a lot of water being released at the dam. This means big water at Burleigh allowing for several different lines down and over the falls at the bottom, and a couple of lines to be had at Sketchy Left.

Rookie paddler, Nik conquers the falls at Burleigh.

Fun Run

If you’re a regular follower of the Central Ontario region on World Kayak, you’re familiar with our weekly series of paddling get togethers know as the Fun Run. Held on weeknights, starting at about 6:00pm, the Club meets at Burleigh Falls on Hwy 28. For the first few nights, water levels were high with a lot of water being released at the dam. This means big water at Burleigh allowing for several different lines down and over the falls at the bottom, and a couple of lines to be had at Sketchy Left.

Rookie paddler, Nik conquers the falls at Burleigh.

Fun Run

If you’re a regular follower of the Central Ontario region on World Kayak, you’re familiar with our weekly series of paddling get togethers know as the Fun Run. Held on weeknights, starting at about 6:00pm, the Club meets at Burleigh Falls on Hwy 28. For the first few nights, water levels were high with a lot of water being released at the dam. This means big water at Burleigh allowing for several different lines down and over the falls at the bottom, and a couple of lines to be had at Sketchy Left.

Rookie paddler, Nik conquers the falls at Burleigh.

2015 Steelhead Falls Huck Fest

Great weather and slightly lower water welcomed this year’s Steelhead Falls Huck Fest.  We had a great group and we made almost 100 drops over the falls.  A special thanks to Joan for filming and scoring.

  1. Russ Cook
  2. Scott Cooney, Jimmer Sites, Walker Daivs
  3. Noel Anderson
  4. Josh
  5. Tyler, Janaya, Trevor, Dave, Jake, Mark, Andrew, Rob

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So4wF4QHCpA

2015 Steelhead Falls Huck Fest

Great weather and slightly lower water welcomed this year’s Steelhead Falls Huck Fest.  We had a great group and we made almost 100 drops over the falls.  A special thanks to Joan for filming and scoring.

  1. Russ Cook
  2. Scott Cooney, Jimmer Sites, Walker Daivs
  3. Noel Anderson
  4. Josh
  5. Tyler, Janaya, Trevor, Dave, Jake, Mark, Andrew, Rob

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So4wF4QHCpA

2015 Steelhead Falls Huck Fest

Great weather and slightly lower water welcomed this year’s Steelhead Falls Huck Fest.  We had a great group and we made almost 100 drops over the falls.  A special thanks to Joan for filming and scoring.

  1. Russ Cook
  2. Scott Cooney, Jimmer Sites, Walker Daivs
  3. Noel Anderson
  4. Josh
  5. Tyler, Janaya, Trevor, Dave, Jake, Mark, Andrew, Rob

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So4wF4QHCpA

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