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Approach to Ice Out and High Water

2019 April 22

In a normal year, the Ottawa River is largely ice free by April 15, often earlier. This year, there wasn't a sign of open water, even out in the middle until a few days ago. But now Spring is coming with a vengeance. The Ottawa is rising and opening up, although it has a long way to go; the local creeks and the Chalk River are in full spring flood. To the best of my recollection, I have never seen the Chalk River as high as it currently is. It's northern edge is lapping the old rail bed beside Hwy. 17.

Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
Approach to iceout along the Deep River Waterfront
High water at the Deep River Golf Course
Kennedy Creek at Hwy 17 in Deep River
The Chalk River is flowing over Forestry Road
The Chalk River is flowing over Forestry Road
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
The Chalk River is flowing over Forestry Road
The Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
Loon on Corry Lake from the Corry Lake Bridge
The Chalk River is flowing over Forestry Road  doesnt stop the ATVs
The Chalk River is flowing over Forestry Road  doesnt stop the ATVs
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
From the Corry Lake Bridge over the Chalk River
The Chalk River at Hwy 17
The Chalk River at Hwy 17
The Chalk River at Hwy 17
The Chalk River in full spring flood just north of Hwy 17
The Chalk River in full spring flood just north of Hwy 17
The Chalk River in full spring flood just north of Hwy 17
The Chalk River in full spring flood just north of Hwy 17
The Chalk River in full spring flood just north of Hwy 17

high water ice out photo set

Chalk River Deep River Krennedy Creek

An early Spring Drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

2019 April 06

We drove into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park to check the progress of Spring. As expected, everything is still pretty frozen and running behind last year. For a comparison, see An Early Spring Drive into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park. Note that last year's drive was about 11 days earlier.

Last year's drive was much more idyllic; the day was sunnier and the road was much better. This year the road was passable but we're happy we had four wheel drive. For the most part, the road was essentially one lane but two vehicles could get by by venturing into the snow. (But there were good sections too.) Fuel economy was terrible with all of the mud and snow.

We also ventured along the side road into the Achray Campground in the vain hope that the gate might be open. We were the first to drive in there since the snowfall of last weekend.

We saw two geese flying over, crabbing about the lack of open water. And a woodcock! We saw a few other vehicles but not many. Most were in the vicinity of the Barron Canyon Trail. Our main discovery of the day was a trapper's cabin just off the Achray Road.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park
Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

photo set

Achray Road Algonquin Park Barron River Forbes Creek Lake Travers Point Alexander Pretty Lake

Ice Fishing at Deep River

2019 February 10

Ice fishing is a popular local winter activity. This winter the ice-fishing community off the Deep River Pier seems particularly well developed. On Sunday it was bright and sunny with lots of activity out on the ice.

Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront
Ice Fishing along the Deep River Waterfront

ice fishing photo set

Deep River