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The day I visited I wouldnít have attempted any method of riding the water down over the cascades. The trip to Moon River Falls is an easy day trip from Moon Bay Marina at the end of Lake Healy Road. The ride is very flat and only at the base of the falls is there obvious current. It is about 4 miles from the marina to the falls passing through a few channels and the Moon River Basin before starting up the estuary for the river.
On this trip I saw many loons and several loon chicks with their mothers. It always amazes me how different the chicks look compared to the adults (brown and fluffy compared to the black and white speckled almost regal looking adult birds).
I noticed at least 4 campsites carved out into the east side of the Moon River channel about 1 mile from the Marina. None were occupied although all seemed to be used relatively frequently. A few of them have very sandy beaches and make perfect lunch stops. The Moon River Falls are also a good day trip if you are camping the lower section of the Ontario Massasauga Park. The 4 campsites I noticed are not a part of the park being beyond the southern boundary. The catch basin for the falls makes a wonderful swimming hole (itís quite large about 6 acres in size) and Iíve heard it can get crowded on summer weekends but I visited during the week and saw very few people anywhere.
I could hear the falls long before I could see them. Thatís always a wonderful feeling when you are paddling in a direction that you are sure is upstream.
This is wonderful day paddle being a little less than 2 hours north of Toronto. Being so close to the Ontario Massasauga Park itís a place not to be missed if you are doing an extended trip within the 30,000 island region that encompasses the area.
It is a trip not to be missed while exploring Ontario from the Toronto area.
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