There are only a few rivers in PEI that are worth any merit when it comes to the spring run off. One of note is the Dunk River. The Dunk gets its water from the region east of Breadalbane where there is a dam. Scales Pond, another damed site lies at the head of our let in point. This also serves as a nice recreational park, and also a trailhead for the Dunk River trail. April is pretty much the High flow point of this water route, giving a few class 2 rapids, and a few rock shelves for good measure. A perfect place to practice ferrying and eddy turns because the water is not that deep, the flow moderate, and the river banks very accessible. Mistakes are very forgivable on this river.
On this occasion, the meeting was a semi organized affair, with more than a dozen paddlers meeting at the let in point. It was the revived PEI Paddle Association's first event for 2005. Even though the Dunk is a fairly narrow river, there were kayakers there with boats up to 19 feet in length! With five kayakers and five canoes, we set out for the once a year run of the Mighty Dunk. I was glad to be a part of it.
Our run went for approximately 8 Kms. We passed under a couple of bridges, and ran into several eddy turn opportunities. There were no rock gardens, but the occasional rock in the middle of the course made for needed vigilance. The rock shelves were really cool too, and provided a great rush, plus a chance for some ferry practice, as well as surfing. My co paddler and myself almost buried the nose of our canoe when we nosed in and ferried across the shelf, head first. That was a blast.
The river flows an additional 6-8 Kms past our let out spot. The white water action subsides as the river widens, and there is a greater influence by the tidal zone of Summerside Harbour, where the Dunk Empties.
Running the Mighty Dunk is a narrow time frame opportunity. Look for it in April just after a big rain fall, or span of warm, snow-melting weather. If you find yourself in PEI, with a canoe or kayak, it's a must do. Go for it!
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From Summerside, take the 107, until you reach the 109. Turn right, and look for Scales Pond signage.
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Posted By: chalmwill
- Mon Apr 14 19:02:18 UTC 2014
Upsidenice little grade 2 run. The weir was a keeper if you were to end up sideways in it. DownsideI ran this Sunday april 13, 2014, and there was a sweeper at about 1 kilometer that laid across the width of the river except for a canoe-width slot on the left bank. I wished I had brought my saw along, and recommend anyone doing it in the near future pack your handsaw and do a bit of cutting for public safety.
Posted By: aaron727
- Wed May 04 14:35:40 UTC 2005
Upsidebest white water on pei, and no dead falls. Downsidei put some nasty scrapes on my kayak. Commenti wish i did it more then once this spring.
Posted By: smburt
- Mon May 02 11:47:36 UTC 2005
UpsideYea, the seagulls were having a great feast! DownsideNone landed on our boat! CommentGreat paddle in thespring. One of the three or four "must dos" in PEI in the spring.
Posted By: PP
- Thu Apr 21 22:17:04 UTC 2005
CommentHey Shannon, it was a great trip but you forgot to mention the fish falling from the sky! Philip