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Offline ChristianG

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Re: CdB Palmer Rapid Weekend 24-26 May 2019
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CdB Palmer Rapid Weekend 24-26 May 2019
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2019, 06:27:13 PM »
The first CdB event of the 2019 paddling season will be the Palmer Rapid Weekend 24-26 May 2019.  It will be a great event for friends, families, novices and anybody who likes to get out on the river. The club weekend will take place at Jessup’s campground. Come up for the day or stay for the weekend.
Some folks make a weekend of camping and arrive Friday evening, while others arrive sometime during the morning on Saturday. The group normally does a warm up at Palmer Rapids on Saturday and then run the Lower Madawaska on Sunday. On Saturday, there will be various activities such as a paddling clinic by Paddler's Co-Op, rolling practice, basic river running skills, and possibly some playboating tips from some of the more skilled folks.

There could also be a rope throwing competition, smore eating contest, beer drinking and/or bug swatting in the evening.

Palmer rapids is a popular spot for practising the basics of whitewater paddling. Located just west of the small town of Palmer Rapids, on the Madawaska river, it provides a wonderful opportunity to practice river skills on a short Class II/III section of the river.  There are two sets of rapids, with a slow moving pool between them. Whitewater Ontario has developed a "Riverpedia" on many Ontario rivers. You will find a general description of the Lower Madawaska and Palmer Rapids there:

Jessops campground, the put-in and take-out can be found at:

For those of you who have not been to Jessop's campground - once you get there - just go straight - we try to camp to the left of the meadow - so don't turn into the big area on the right - just go straight - you will see the big field and there will be outhouses up near the back - stick to that area just up from the beach on the camping "tiers" but not as far as the outhouses. Camping fee: approx. $15/night and firewood ~ $5. Bring cash. Mr. Jessop's prices vary depending on how many people you stuff in your tent.

The other important item to bring is a roll of toilet paper ... the outhouses are not stocked.

On Sunday, some folks stay at Palmer but most folks will run the Lower Madawaska, from Aumonds to Buck Bay. From the campground we will set up a convoy, but you should have general directions of where to go.
For those that want to run the river meet at the Putin at 10:15 am.
Google maps/GPS co-ordinates for the put-in: 45.267949, -77.378991
(turn off at Hyland Creek Rd 45.261826, -77.367184 about 7 km from Quadeville chip truck))

The club holds 4 events during the paddling season, The other events can be found on the club's website at

I’m organizing the weekend this year so please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions.

Adrian Erkelens
« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 02:51:13 PM by ChristianG »