Bayfield River Route

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40 km
1 days
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Hwy 8 to Seaforth
Bayfield River access at Egmondville
West on Bayfield River
Possible lunch spot at Clinton Conservation Area
West on Bayfield River
Finish at Bayfield on Lake Huron (Hwy 22)

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This 40 km route can be split into two sections Egmondville to Clinton (18 km / 8 hr.)
Clinton to Bayfield (22 km / 4 hr.) This route is best paddled in the spring runoff period (April). Water levels are too low to permit paddling during the remainder of the year.


Post date: Sat, 05/15/2010 - 17:31


We went from Clinton to the Varna bridge on May 15/10 it took us 4 1/2 hours. The water levels were high due to rain a few days earlier. We stopped for lunch and had one tip over with a couple other close calls on sharp turns. This is a great river to practice basics of whitewater with good drifting between turns and eddies . We had the canoe packed properly so when we did spill everything stayed dry and with the canoe. Thanks Dwain at Timber Outfitters in Seaforth the water proof barrel and camera case both did their job.

Post date: Mon, 03/22/2010 - 12:07


Did a run from the Bannockburn at Mill Rd. through to Bayfield on March 20 2010. Thaw was early and the water level was shallow for this time of year, lots of fast water. Took about 6 hours including a shore lunch and a few stops etc. Scraped bottom a few times.

Post date: Sun, 06/29/2008 - 09:32


we did this route from Clinton to Bayfield but didnt quite make it Bayfield. We ended up getting out at wild woods trailer park. We are inexperienced and we had been in the water for 5.5 hours when we decided to end the trip. We found that a lot of trees had falen into the river which forced you out of the kayak.

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


It took us 6 1/2 Hours to do that run at the water level we had. We had two tandem canoes, one solo canoe and 2 sit on top kayaks.

The part from Clinton to the Varna bridge took us 4 1/2 hours and includes a hot lunch on shore, two sweepers, fishing one kayaker out of the water and lots of eddy turns and ferries for practice.
We loaded up the two kayakers and a tandem canoe at the Varna bridge and the three of us carried on to Bayfield. This part took us 2 hours and I think we were getting tired because we didn`t play around as much. All in all we departed Clinton at 10:00AM and were in Bayfield at 4:30PM.

There is a rock upstream from Tyndall`s bridge which is the first bridge out of Clinton that we look at before we run the river and if it`s showing, don`t bother going. You can only run this river in the spring and only when you have lots of run off or a good rain.