Thames River Route

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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
173 km
Duration: 
10 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
0 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Not applicable
Portaging: 
Not applicable
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Hwy 401 west of London, Hwy 402 north to Delaware
Access at Delaware Conservation Area
West on Thames River
Finish at Thamesville or Chatham (north of Hwy 401)

(There are a multitude of intermediate access points for shorter trips)

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
40 O/14 St. Thomas 41 O/12 Bothwell 41 J/9 Wallaceburg 41 I/3 Strathroy 41 J/8 Chatham
Other
Special Comments: 

The best months for canoeing are May, June and October. Summer months mean very low water levels. There are some small rapids, sandbars and log jams, but there are no marked portages in the route description

Comments

Post date: Tue, 01/12/2010 - 14:49

Comments: 

A friend and I paddled from Hwy 7 to Wonderland Rd. Well....Paddled and walked. We stopped at Fanshawe Pk to canmp. Portaged the dam, and continued the little 2 day jaunt. We went a bit to late for the Thames but we had a solid rain all day which helped us paddle rather than walk. Actually quite clean until just before Harris Pk. got a bit smelly. We had a great time (locally) We plan to hit more of the Thames earlier (So as to not leave as many painted rocks)in the season Byron-?? we'll see. Cool sighting of 2 bald eagles just past Fanshawe Dam

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

I have paddled from St. Mary's to Fanshawe Lake and from west of the Springbank Park dam to Deleware. Both section of the river are very interesting. Both are day trips. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and a bug tent to enjoy your meal in.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

Chatham to Lake St. Clair section is a 5-6 hour day paddle on flat water. Enter at the Thamesgrove Conservation area, paddle thru the city and stop for lunch along the way. (Stargazer's Rest.) Flow is faster in the spring but nice all summer long. End up at the LightHouse Cove on Lake St. Clair. B&B/Marina/Restaurants avail.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

This summer a friend and I traveled from East London (Hamilton Road) to Delaware in two separate trips on two different days.
The first trip from Springbank Park to Delaware was done in mid June and was initially intermitted with rough spots where a close eye had to be kept on large surfacing rocks. The second part, from Komoka to Delaware was smoother. The whole trip took about 4 hours and there was a pretty good exit spot just before the highway 2 bridge.
Later that summer during the second week of September we traveled from Hamilton Road to Springbank Park. The leg from Hamilton to the fork of the Thames was shallow and required us to get out at least 6 times. The weir just after Richmond Street proved to be a nuisance and required a small portage. Once passed the forks of the Thames there was almost zero flow and paddling was required as if traveling a lake. This of course would change if the damn was open in Springbank Park. This trip was closer to six hours.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

Entered the river @ Delaware, May 24. The water was high and flowing very fast for the first 4 to 5 miles. We conoed past the reserve and set camp for the night, drank beer and partied. Got up in the morning the river dropped 2 feet( able to find lost fire works) continued on very windy and cold at times but still enjoyable. Saw bald eagle sitting on its nest, camped again and drank again. Continued in the moring and low and behold the river dropped another 3 feet, we saw the tops of trees we were conoeing over. When we arrived in Wardsville we terminated our hopes of reaching Thamesville, we met a very nice fellow who goes by the name of Shorty who offered up his property for camping on our next trip. We were told that in the spring thaw of 2000 the river at the bridge in Wardsville reached the 33 foot mark.