Not recommended for beginners, refracting waves, strong currents, sometimes whitewater and boat wake make this a lively route for paddlers. Oceanic tankers and cruisers, sailboats, power boaters, kayakers and canoeists all use the St. Lawrence River, a world-class waterway. Known as The Thousand Islands, the are is steeped in history from First Nations to the present. Islands are mainly private, so landings are restrictive, to public lands near towns or the many National Parks islands, where some are available for camping. Book in advance. A powerful waterway, it demands respect, for storms can erupt just as on any large waterway. The better your paddling skills, the better you can negotiate this waterway. Waves can be large. Commercial tour boats and many large cruisers cannot keep slowing for the infinite number of smaller craft, and you have to wait for a clear crossing. High visibility attire is recommended. Sometimes races are on, and you may not be aware of it. Alert is your operative word here, but The River is absolutely entertaining in its homes, cottages, boats, and vistas. Places to launch are not that common and you are wise to determine that before heading out. PFDs should be worn, not stowed. Some scenery is just stunning, and a grand backdrop to the ongoing water activities.
Kayaking, Canoeing, Kayak Fishing, Fishing, Photography
Open Water/Ocean, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
Intense boat traffic. Large, fast watercraft. Strong currents. Steep shores, rock.
Spray deck / spray skirt recommended. Wear your PFD. Wear bright colours. Constantly scan for boat traffic. VHF radio on, scanning. Spare paddle.
Near-shore hazards: steep; rocky; refracting waves, sometimes large.
Strong currents, very strong depending on season.
Not for beginners. Seasoned paddlers can enjoy this area.