Published on Monday, 17 October 2016 16:40
WO would like to thank the team of paddlers who helped out at the Minden
Whitewater Preserve this past weekend.
Peter Farr, Steve Farr, Eric, Milton, Rob, Marc Joanis, Diane, and daughter
Rachel, Dave Humphrys. Mike Yee, Sal, and kids Peri and Kieran.
Together they accomplished a lot:
1- spread woodchips on playground.
2 - dropped about 25 trees in the campground to remove hazard trees, increase
grass growth and prep campfire wood.
3 - laid gravel on RL takeout to cover tree roots on shoreline paths
4 - installed two roofs and finished the new storage
... and Diane prepared two great meals.
This sets things up for a backhoe to pull stumps, bring in a wood splitter, and
move equipment into the new Trillium storage building.
Published on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 21:52
Whitewater Ontario is pleased to host a work weekend at the Minden Wild Water Preserve on October 15-16, 2016
You need to register via the WO Office to confirm participation. This allows organizers to plan for safety gear and food
A Variety of Project Tasks:
Published on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 17:07
The project to return the Gull River to its pre-flood condition is underway.
Victor Ettel is a local paddler who has seen the deterioration to his favourite paddling spot over 15 years with flows jumping from seasonal 10-30cms to well over 60cms. This spring Victor was the first person to step forward and say he wanted to help.
Meetings with local paddlers and people who had done previous work carried on the process started by canoeist Dennis McGee in 2014. We have taken his extensive mapping of all the eddies and walls moved, and added more instructional and group improvements.
The contractor, Bryan Kernoghan, estimates the full repairs with heavy machinery, materials, and a few improvements will come to $50,000.
Due to the magnitude of the work, we are targeting a 3 year action plan. Whitewater Ontario is committing $15,000, which leaves $35,000 to fundraise among paddlers, grants, and organizations who use the Gull.
Recently Dave Gillespie of Whitewater Ontario sat down for an interview with Victor.
DG: Hi Victor, thanks for stepping forward.
VE: No problem. This project is worth it.
DG: How long have you been paddling?
VE: 60 years by now (I know it doesn’t show…)
DG: What does paddling at the Gull River mean to you?
VE: It is a lifestyle, especially after retirement – paddling with similar friends and sometimes sharing a beer afterwards... I know of no other pastime (other than skiing in the winter) that I would want to do instead.
DG: The Minden WildWater Preserve was constructed over 35 years ago, hosting thousands of people paddling whitewater, fishing, walking, taking wedding photos, and enjoying the river. For what reasons do you support this next phase of river changes?
VE: Both selfish and unselfish reasons. I want to keep paddling as long as I can, but also want to preserve this unique place for the enjoyment of the future generations, including my own grandkids and friends.
DG: What would you like to see done?
VE: Well I have thought a lot about these things to fix....
DG: In conclusion, what could you say to someone who paddles at the Gull River?
VE: If you have enjoyed this wonderful sport, the people, and this "Jewel of a river" - join me - let's make it a good place again.
Victor has generously donated $2000 to kickstart the Paddler Fundraising to the Fix-the-Gull Project. All donations are assigned to "river work" only.
Next step is to present our proposal for RR Township property to the Minden Hills Township council meeting - Thursday July 28. 10AM. Their approval paves the way for the MNR application.
In the next update on the Fix-the-Gull Project, we will have the status of permits, and fundraising opportunities for the project's $35k.
Published on Friday, 12 June 2015 20:38
Restricted access to Gull River (June 10th the end of July)
For paddlers planning to visit the Gull River at the Minden Wildwater Preserve we wish to advise on the following restrictions.
TO2015 has commenced construction of various temporary installations at the Gull River in preparation for the Pan-AM Canoe slalom events July 18-19th As result there are some restrictions on access, especially from river right and Harrington park.
Commencing June 10th most of River right trails and access will be blocked with construction fencing in order to comply with Ministry of Labour construction zone safety requirements.
In order to ensure ongoing paddler access, Whitewater Ontario has negotiated continued access to the river from river left, through the Minden Wildwater Preserve camping area and trail.
Paddlers may park at the Roger Parsons centre and use the lateral river trail to put in/takeout at the dam, below horseshoe falls and at the lake though to July 7th.
From July 7th through July 24th there will be no river access other than for accredited athletes and officials. TO2015 will endeavor to complete removal of installations as quickly as possible, following the slalom events
In addition, camping at the preserve will continue to be available until July 7th but is restricted to the meadows area in front of the RPC building.
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