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Take your kayak close
to the fish
BY TIM ALLARd
∆ Kayak fishing is one of angling’s fastest growing pleasures.
Kayaks are relatively cheap, easy to operate when the water
is calm, and they let you into confined or shallow waters that
are off limits to larger boats. For kayak fishing, all you need is
a boat, a paddle, regular safety equipment, a rod and some
tackle – simple. And there are plenty of spots worth exploring,
rod on board, with a kayak in the Ottawa area. Here are a few:
OTTAWA RIVER spots. For information on the river near its information on the park. Frontenac Outfitters
This long stretch of river has plenty of outflow, go to Ottawa Valley Canoe and (www.frontenac-outfitters.com) rents kayaks.
put-in spots near the cities and towns Kayak: www.ovck.com. It’s just a short drive from the park entrance.
bordering its shores. Ottawa-area residents
should consider the Shirleys Bay launch FRONTENAC PROVINCIAL PARK GATINEAU PARK
off Rifle Road in the west end, or Petrie If you’re hoping to combine fishing with Close to home, Gatineau Park offers lots
Island off Trim Road east of town. Both camping, Frontenac Provincial Park is a great of paddling areas with Meech Lake, Lac
are close to several islands and bays. For place to consider. Because of restrictions on Phillippe, and Lac la Pêche being the most
information on these and other launches in powerboats on its interior lakes, the fishing can popular spots. You’ll find more information at
the city, visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca/fishing/ be fantastic. Visit www.ontarioparks.com for www.canadascapital.gc.ca/gatineau.
ottawa/urbanfishhome.htm.
RIdEAU RIVER
The Rideau is a popular waterway for
anglers and recreational boaters alike.
Stretching south from Ottawa, the river and
the Rideau Lakes system eventually run to
Kingston. Here’s a link with access points
and paddling information along the whole
route: www.rideau-info.com/canal/canoe.
THOUSANd ISLANdS
This St. Lawrence River area is a paddler’s
paradise. Filled with bays, shoals and
islands (estimates of the actual number
run from about 1,150 to 1,800), there are
plenty of spots to tuck away from the main
channel’s boat traffic and enjoy the sights
while wetting a line. You’ll find many access
points around Gananoque and along the
Thousand Islands Parkway. For details go to
www.1000islandsgananoque.com.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER
From the border of Bon Echo Provincial
Park to the Ottawa River near Arnprior, the
Mississippi River is a great paddling route
full of fishing opportunities. Connecting
a slew of lakes along its course, there’s
no shortage of boat launches and put-in
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