Paddling 15 Mile Creek in St. Catharines, ON -July 12, 2015

I woke up to a beautiful day Sunday, birds chirping, sun out and the promise from the Weather Network of a warm day! I was supposed to go out for a hike with my good friend Andrea, but she advised me she was a bit under the weather and couldn’t make it. As I am going on a canoe trip next, then car camping without my kayak following, I decided I needed to get out for a paddle in my boat as it’d be a bit before I could do so again. Also, I have been working about 70 hours a week for the last 5-6 months and have finally completed a project that was causing that, so I was very happy to have my day free and not have to work all of it sitting in front of my mac! Yay summer!

Fifteen mile creek is a beautiful little creek in St. Catharines that I love to paddle in. It’s close to home, calm and full of wildlife and I always find something pretty to photograph there.   There are two places to put in, but I always use the Glass Road public dock as it’s nice and quiet and out of the way. The other put in is at Jordan Harbour by the QEW but as I’ve never put in there, I can’t really offer up much more information.

Here is a map of where the Glass Road public dock is located and what the area looks like. Basically you take Gregory Road which is right off the service Road next to the QEW, vere right at Glass Road and there is a parking area very close to where you turn off. Someone amazing donated the dock, I assume so thank you to that wonderful person, whoever you are!

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I put my boat into the water and set off on my paddle heading towards Lake Ontario.  Fifteen mile creek is incredibly serene and peaceful. There are frogs croaking, birds singing, blue heron flying past, usually 2 swans call the creek home, but I couldn’t locate them this paddle (first time ever), and lots of other critters sharing the space. When I was here in May the Carp were spawning and that was a sight I will never forget! Today, there were an unbelievable amount of dragon flies all over, happy to see them, eating up all the mosquitos! Yay! Dragonflies!

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At this time of year the creek gets very thick with vegetation, seaweed, the water level is low and it is difficult to make it all the way to Lake Ontario. I got very close but decided I enjoyed the tranquility of the other part of the creek and turned to go back. Paddling listening to the sounds of the highway is not what I am here for.  Plus, it’s a tough paddle between the mouth of the creek and Lake Ontario as it is extremely thick and difficult to get through all the seaweed and what I call green blankets.

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I returned back the way I came and then paddled past the put in and in the direction away from the lake. Usually, you can only go a short distance in this direction as a very large tree fell some time ago and has been blocking the way.  This time, I was delighted to discover someone had cleared part of the fallen tree and there was enough room to pass. I made it a bit farther to the next creek-block and found that tree had also been removed!! Yay!

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And a bit farther on there was another fallen tree. i could’ve easily gotten out of my boat to bypass it but decided to turn back and head out. I had another excursion planned for the rest of the day! A bike ride on the TCT! I headed back to the put in, packed up my boat and headed home. Another great paddle in a pretty little creek! Peacefullness and serenity restored to my being for now!

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Oh, and I picked up some trash as usual while I was out and about!!! #cleanupourparks https://twitter.com/search?q=%23cleanupourparks&src=typd  Also, please see my blog post here on cleaning up our parks!

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Hope you enjoyed my post!

Camper Christina

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10 thoughts on “Paddling 15 Mile Creek in St. Catharines, ON -July 12, 2015

    1. Thank you so much Neil for the wonderful feedback! I believe I have the enthusiasm because these are all things I truly love to do! I appreciate you reading my blog and taking the time to comment! 🙂

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  1. Cool blog, I just found it. Try 16 mile creek as well, I was out there earlier thins month for a paddle. There’s a nice little island out there you can stop at. We pulled in an old cooler floating around in the water. Do you do organized clean ups? Down at decew falls could use it. I wouldn’t mind getting involved.

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    1. Thank you Jay, so much, for the compliments and great information. Did you mean you just found my blog, or you just found 15 mile creek?

      16 mile is another favourite of mine, as well as black creek in fort erie. I have been paddling for a few years locally but I just started blogging about 2 weeks ago and haven’t been since then to write a post about it. Sounds like you have though? 🙂

      I don’t run organized cleanups but it’s something I will think about. I issued a challenge on twitter a while ago and am seeing if people are responsive. I’ve had a bit of luck but not as much as I’d hoped. I wrote a post about it, not sure if you saw it?http://wp.me/p6r4RK-2o

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      1. I meant that I found your blog. 15mile doesn’t seem very acessable from the qew side and heavily weeded so its nice to know about the access point that you mentioned I will have to try sometime. Yes, I made it out on 16 mile recently. Lots of wild live out there. I’m sure it would make great blogging material. I don’t use twitter but good job on cleaning up others trash. I find it appalling when I see it as well. I try to do my part when I can.

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      2. That’s wonderful to hear! I’m sure you’ll like 15 mile ! there’s lots going on also. When I was there in May the carp were spawning & it was unbelievable!

        May I ask how you heard about my blog?

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  2. This is awesome information, thank you! I requested to go canoeing with my husband and dog for my birthday but we didn’t know where to go! Now we know – thank you!

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