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Stewiacke River, Nova Scotia

by  Oldboo

A self-supported trip created by Oldboo

Trip Overview

Stewiacke River Run. Entry: Reynolds Bridge Pool, Ridge Rd. Upper Stewiacke. Exit: Stewiacke River Park, East Stewicake. Approximately 35 Kms on the river (8 to 12 hour day). ***CELL PHONE USE IS SPOTTY at best along this entire route.*** Sporadic sections of fast water (class I, II). Long sections of slow moving water. Great river for fishing. Be sure to check regulations for changes in gear, tackle, river sections and obtainable species throughout the fishing season. Wildlife is abundant. Eagles are common as well deer and aquatic mammals. Great bird watching area. Good run for beginner and intermediate paddlers but it is a long trip. There are other exit points along this route so plan your trip according to your own level and stamina. (Cloverdale Rd. Bridge and Brenton Cross Rd. Bridge)

Safety Notes

Late fall and early spring can have extreme fluctuations in water levels, which is evident from erosion along the banks. (4 to 6 m in areas). Advise cautious judgement during these periods. The river becomes tidal down river from the park and the banks become high and muddy. Exiting the river could be extremely difficult in the tidal section. ***Cell phone use is spotty at best along this entire route.*** Some sections are isolated but for the most part you are a short walk over the river bank to a road or house if needed.

Gear Notes

Bring water, lunch (maybe supper) and snacks. You will need it. Required safety equipment and first aid a must. Bug spray. GPS is advised. River side camping is possible. At N45° 13.204' W63° 10.232' there is a section that has great sand / river rock beaches that could be used for tenting when water levels allow. ***Be aware that you would be camping on the river bed.*** This area, even if not used for camping, is still an awesome place to hang out and relax.


Late spring to early fall the river is usually low and easy to navigate. The lower the water level the more easy haul out areas, for rests or meals, you will find. (Sand or River Rock). I recommend utilizing these areas when you encounter them because there are long sections of river that are not as "comfortable".

Trip Details

  • Trip Dates: 6/13/2020
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)

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