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Paddlers will be required to portage around Martintown Dam

sean Apr 8, 2017 - 9:15pm

The word is out and official, as the Raisin Region Conservation Authority announced tonight that the Martintown Dam will be closed to all participants in Sunday's canoe race, and paddlers will be required to portage.

The water level is exceptionally high and will create challenges in other areas of the course as well, with the starting point expected to be moved downstream from its usual spot at St. Andrew's Catholic School. Participants are asked to check in at the school before race time and will be advised where they will be starting.

Here's the official announcement from the RRCA:

We are confirming the Martintown dam will be closed to paddlers for tomorrow's race. Please don't let this keep you from cheering paddlers in the beautiful historic town of Martintown as paddlers will need your cheers to encourage them as they portage. The location of the start of the race will be announced in the morning after "Devil's Chute" downstream of Lefebvre Bridge is assessed. This area and McIntre Rapids are going to prove the most difficult for paddlers.

It's also worth noting that the river has spilled its banks in many locations, creating "lake-like situations" in along the river course, including upstream of the dam in Martintown, where canoes and kayaks will be portaging. Below Martintown there's another "lake."

Downstream of MacGillivray's Bridge (Summerstown Road) the river water has receded somewhat, after having spilled onto CR17 following rain this week. Nonetheless, the river remains fast and wide too.

In the finishing area in Williamstown, the river is turbulent and will likely create a challenge for some paddlers to beach their boats.

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The high water level and fast current of the Raisin River is seen here in Martintown, in the April 8 image. (Sean Bray photo)

Raisin River Canoe Race set for April 9

sean Apr 2, 2017 - 1:49pm

Parts of the Raisin River still have ice cover, so it's probably a really good thing that the Raisin River Conservation Authority bumped the annual canoe race from today to April 9.

We will have the details to get you ready for this spring rite of passage in The Glengarry News this week. 

If you can't wait, here's a link to the RRCA website, with online registration available until April 5.

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The Raisin River appears ice-covered, looking upstream from the bridge in Martintown, in the March 30, 2017 image. (Sean Bray photo)

Canoe race date pushed back a week

publisher Mar 23, 2017 - 8:06am

The recent cold snap has re-frozen the Raisin River in parts, forcing a change in the date for the annual canoe race. The 14-day trend does not look favourable for an April 2 race, says the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. Currently there are 12 inches of ice at some locations along the river. The RRCA will be contacting people who have already registered to see if they would like a refund or if they are okay with the new date.

The new canoe race date is April 9.

Online registration, canoe rental information, and more can be found on the RRCA website here.

We will also have details in next week's edition of The Glengarry News

The Raisin River is ready to welcome you

sean Apr 15, 2015 - 3:23pm

Here's a video, courtesy of the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, shot at the canoe race finish line in Williamstown on Monday.

6 days until the 43rd Annual Raisin River Canoe Race! Here are the conditions at the finish line as of today.

Posted by Raisin Region Conservation Authority on Monday, April 13, 2015