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PostPosted: June 14th, 2021, 9:05 pm 
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Has anyone laid eyes on the French recently? we are planning 18 mile Island loop starting on the 28th.

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PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 1:43 pm 
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Perhaps I'm wrong (my minimal French River experience is more than 50 years ago) but do water levels have any impact at all on a trip anywhere in the system?

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PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 2:47 pm 
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There is a gauge on Wolseley Bay, 02DD026, here:

https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/search/rel ... time&check[]=02DD026,1,,,

Also at the Chaudiere Dam, 02DD016, here:

https://wateroffice.ec.gc.ca/search/rel ... time&check[]=02DD016,1,,,

The water levels only have an effect on how much volume is flowing through the rapids!

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PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 3:34 pm 
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Thanks. I did look at those links you put and I don't have enough science knowledge to get much use out of it. I did find this page which says water levels are low. What they call "low" I guess I will find out. When we went 2 years ago from Lake Nip to Lake Huron, upper seemed fine until the rapids after Wolseley Bay, where The Ladder was dry and the Blue Chute had no chute. Camp sites were hard to find after that until we realized markers were up very high relative to the low water level. It was still a great trip, but my kids were a little disappointed after my yarns from childhood!


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PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 3:45 pm 
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You can plot data readings over several years in order to compare the current values against spring flows from March and April, or summer lows in August and September. From what I saw the current levels are down 80cm from this spring, and therefore that would be low.

The Ladder only flows in High Water.

Blue Chute is the main outlet, so it is always flowing. It seems to me the river is at summer flows right now, which will float your boat without scaring the children.

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PostPosted: June 15th, 2021, 6:25 pm 
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https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ontario/e ... n-eng.html

According to the most recent measurements (see above), Lake Nipissing water levels are low which means that the outflow released at the water control dams will also be low.

The swifts of the Five Mile Rapids stretch of the French at high water times will now look a bit more like rapids! Still, not a major concern as you paddle down the Main Channel. There is only a six-meter drop from Wolseley Bay to Dry Pine Bay and the portage trails are for a couple of the rapids always an option.

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