It has been a while since our club visited the Clear/Stoney Lakes so it was a first for some of our newer members and a pleasant return for the rest.
Although the day was overcast with a good deal of cloud coverage, the air was warm and the waters calm. Thirteen member boats and 2 visitor boats were launched at Young’s Point Marina. Mike Gridley and his wife Lisa then led us on an extensive tour up Clear Lake drawing our attention to various sights on this open lake.
At the top end of the lake, the land changes with the rock and pine covered islands, the signature of Stoney Lake. Following the well marked small craft route past the “Church on the Rock”, through Hell’s gate and into Stoney Lake, we turned to starboard, continuing past several islands that make this one of the most scenic areas on the Trent. Clearing Jupiter Island we headed over to McCracken’s Landing to cruise by the marina, general store and restaurant.
After a brief pause we crossed back over to the north shore of the lake, picking up the marked route for a scenic tour behind Morrows and Willoughby Islands. Our final destination was Crowes Landing. If time had allowed, this would have been a great place to tie up at the public docks and walk up to the Stoney Lake Market.
After a brief pause to check that all of the boats were assembled we retraced our route and headed back east to the far end of Stoney. Past Burleigh Falls we rounded the final marker turning into the channel where we stopped at the lock for a rest/comfort break. It was time at this point to move back through Hell’s gate into Clear and on down the west side to the home of Prior & Alana Smith.Prior had pre-arranged docking space for all of us at his and his neighbour’s docks before we gathered on their spacious front lawn for our lunch. Some of the group took a little walk with Prior to view some work in progress at Dave Moore’s residence then it was back in the boats and the return to the marina for haul out. Vicki Parnell suggested we take a little side trip to visit the quaint Shops at Dock Side where some unique purchases were made and Kawartha Ice Cream enjoyed by many.
Our runs give members not only a chance to use their boats but the opportunity to socialize with old and new friends alike.
Special thanks to Prior and Alana for accommodating us so graciously and to Mike for laying out our route and guiding us safely through an area with many surprise rock outcrops. Thanks also to Mike & Lisa for editing this report and adding many interesting details.
Article and photoes submitted by Charlotte Hughes