Palmer Rapids/Lower Madawaska Play Weekend
Please join us for our traditional camping weekend at Palmer Rapids. We stay at local farmer Harold Jessup's campsite right on the river at the rapids. This is a fun, relaxing weekend suitable for novice or better moving water paddlers. Probably more people have had their first taste of moving water here than in any other spot in Ontario. There are a couple of sets of Class 1-2 rapids almost outside your tent door. I'm happy to give some informal paddling pointers to new river runners.There's a sandy beach where the kids can play or swim. For family members who aren't into paddling, there are restaurants and interesting shops nearby in Wilno and Barry's Bay.
For those who want more of a challenge, if people are interested, Gary Ataman will take a run down the Lower Madawaska on Saturday, and Andrew Craig will do the same on Sunday.
I will be at Palmer all weekend to work with those who want to develop their moving water skills.
We're going to be there from Friday morning to Sunday, but you can come & camp; go at any time.
You will need a whitewater canoe with flotation, and a helmet, along with the usual PFD and paddle. Canoes can be rented nearby at Paddler Co-op (see their website), or from Don Adams in Griffith, who will even deliver to Jessup's for a fee (613-333-2240). If renting, tell them you want thigh straps in the canoe. It will make a huge amount of difference to your control.