Side Creeks to the
The Mogo connects Kennedy Lake with the Spanish River and is quite suitable for paddling. The portages are rough and not for the faint of heart, but in between there level water that allows paddling with little need to drag over shallows, even at low water. In the 1970's, gold was found in this valley, and a prospector's stake can still be seen (1998) at the liftover beside the little fall. See the Spanish River Side Trip description for portage details.
Bannerman Creek drains Onaping Lake and the water level is dependent on the state of the dam there. Our trip started at Benny, a forgotten railway community where the CP Rail line crosses the creek and we continued down to the Spanish. The return was done by paddling that river to the Elbow, and getting a lift back from the Elbow by the folks from Fox Lake Lodge.
When we paddled "the Creek", the water was extremely low, and we had to drag the Oldtown Penobscot canoe over long stretches of pebbles and boulders. These same areas would make for some exciting class II and III runs at higher water, and the locals confirm this as a fine place for spring canoeing. There are two major water falls on this river that necessitate two portages of around 200m and 300m, both on the right side of the river. Camping is mostly on the many gravel bars of this river. The map calls it Bannerman Creek, and the green sign put up by the highway crews tells us it is Moncrieff Creek (after the township's name), but a chap whose backyard we used to launch the boat said the folks in Benny just call it "The Creek"
.Map of Bannerman Creek, from Benny towards the Spanish, which
appears at the left margin of the map.
Agnes Creek or River:
This river enters the Spanish just below the Graveyard Rapids across a pebbly delta and with a good volume of water and crystal clear water. It's easy to believe there might be good canoeing upstream. We tried, but gave up after proceeding upstream for about 2 km and guessing that the next kilometre or more would not have much else to offer. The river drops in a constant shallow gradient and, at mid-summer, the water is not high enough to keep the canoe floating over the bouldery riverbed. In spring conditions, this is a fast class II river, I hear.
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Picture Credit: the photos of Mogo and Bannerman Creek were
taken by Doug Miller
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