Black River-Washago

The Black River at HWY 169 just south of Washago has an intersting section that packs half a dozen Class 1-2 rapids into the distance of only a couple of km. It's an ideal spot for budding moving water paddlers to learn to ferry, eddy turn and surf in a non-threatening environment. For more experienced paddlers, it provides a good practice work-out, and if the water is high enough, there are some gnarlier bits on some of the side-channels. This trip is always a low-key, relaxed day for practicing, learning and socializing. A pleasant way to get to meet some other WCA members if you're new to the club. The water should be warming up by then, but you'll at least want to have a wetsuit.

The Basics
Event Location: 
Black River- Washago
Date(s) & Time: 
Sunday, May 8, 2011 (All day)
Registration Cut Off: 
May 5, 2011
Event Duration: 
1 day
Difficulty Rating: 
Itinerary description: 

Meet at put-in at 11:00. We'll have a lunch on the river, and finish around 3 or 4, depending on how much play you want to do. Buy cheap gas on way home.

Recommended Items to Bring: 

Empty gas tank. There are a couple of cheap gas stations on HWY 48 north of Bloomington Rd., plus a cheap outlet on HWY 12 at Beaverton.

How to Get There
Event Directions: 

HWY 48 north to HWY 12 north. Just north of the village of Brechin, take the Y junction to the right to continue north on HWY 169. Keep going till you reach the bridge over the Black where we put-in.
Meet 11:00. We'll do the very short car shuttle. For the car shuttle, just go north to the first side road & turn left. Then left at the next road, and you'll hit the next bridge. Alternate shuttle route is to go south from put-in, take first right, and follow side road around to the bridge. It's easy- i'ts just a 5 minute loop trip. We'll probably finish up around 3 or 4 pm, depending on how much people want to play. The trip is about 2 hours from Toronto.

Event Coordinator/s Contact Information
Contact (Name): 
Bill Ness