Exploring Young Creek
in the Petawawa Research Forest
For several years I have wondered whether Young Creek in the Petawawa Research Forest would provide a canoeable route from Bypass Road to Hwy. 17 during the spring runoff. However, since usually there is no public access until early June, the question has remained academic.
This spring I realized that even in June, the creek was quite canoeable, both upstream and downstream of Racehorse Road. So I went exploring. On Monday, June 09 I launched at Racehorse Road and paddled upstream on Young Creek; on Tuesday, I paddled downstream. The creek provides an enjoyable paddle — if you like marshes and small creeks — but it does not provide a practical spring run from Bypass Road to Hwy. 17.
According to my gps, my total round trip distance for the two days was 5.4 km. I estimate that I travelled upstream about twice as far as I travelled downstream.