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Paddle Lunenburg/Queens

River Route: Additional River Suggestions

Record #: LQR0034
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019
Last Full Update: 13 Jan 2015


Public Bulletin
Neither South Shore nor the Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association own or control the canoe routes, portages or campsites listed in this guide, and assume no responsibility or liability for the safety of those using the canoe routes, walking the portages, or using the campsites. 
lt is recommended that users approach all canoe routes, portages and campsites in a safe and responsible manner. Conditions can change through fluctuating water levels, natural debris, and logging activity. Arrangements must be made directly with the owners of the portages and campsites. 
South Shore and Lunenburg-Queens Recreational Coordinators/Directors Association are not liable for any errors or omissions in this guide.


Located In South Shore Region
Where To Find Us NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County ; Queens County (NS)


Phone 902-275-3490
Contact Chad Haughn, President, LQRCDA

Description & Services

A few additional river routes are briefly described here so paddlers will at least know of them. Safety information is either unavailable at this time or minimal so you’ll have to find out more on your own. 
The page numbers are from A Map of the Province of Nova Scotia, an invaluable reference book for residents and visitors alike (Scale 1:250,000) 
The Gold River - Page 14 and 15 
Skill level - Intermediate to Expert 
Start - New Ross bridge 
Finish - below the railroad bridge in Chester Basin 
Distance - 30 kms 
A high level run that drains fast, this challenging route should be done in kayaks or canoes with air bags. Look for three sets of falls: Skerry falls, Salmon Falls and Burnt Potato Falls. Portage the first and third falls. Salmon Falls has a sneak route river left. The river right route has a slab that can entrap a paddler underneath. 
The Broad River - Page 10 
Intermediate paddling and backcountry skills. Topographic map 21 A/3, 21 A/2 and 20 P/15. 
Start - Lake Rossignol at Dam #1 on the Mersey River 
Finish - Up a rough logging road just south of the Broad River bridge on Highway 103. Travel about 5 km up this road to a bridge. 
Distance - About 30 km 
Time - Two days 
This is an isolated backcountry route with several lakes, long stillwaters and some portaging. From Dam #1, paddle west to the brook into First Lake. From Second Lake, portage 2 km into Broad River Lake and down the Broad River to another First Lake. The river is mostly stillwaters from here to the logging road bridge. 
Mushamush River - Page 15 
Skill Level - Intermediate 
Start - Little Mushamush Lake 
Finish - Clearland or Mahone Bay 
A short exciting run if the water is high enough (fall, winter or spring). Expect a couple of very short portages. Past Clearland, the river becomes much rockier requiring some skilled manoeuvres. 
Five Rivers - Page 16 
Skill level - Up river- beginner, down river - intermediate 
Start - Bridge on Highway 103 
Finish - White Point 
From the start point, you can paddle up a stillwater for about 2 kms. Here you can see lots of pitcher plants, an unusual looking plant that eats bugs and is indicative of poor nutrients. Paddle back to your starting point. Below the bridge is a short, exciting whitewater run that can be done in high water.
Eligibility Ages: 16 year(s) and up 
Children under 16 with adults - please use own discretion depending on skill level

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