Lower 16 Mile Creek, Oakville

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Trip Rating: 3.5/5

I haven’t had the opportunity to run the creek from the top. It is supposed to be a beautiful run through forests and gorges. I did, however try to run it from the bottom up this time. It was interesting but not overly spectacular. I was stopped by some pretty shallow water after about 45 mins. I hope to do the full trip next spring.

Launch Sites:

Launching was trickier than you would think. After I found the dock, there was pay parking and a decent hike to get from the car to the launch spot. Get there early if you want a spot!

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Parking and Launch

Trip Length: To see the entire creek and marsh, took me approximately 2.5 hours. Plan for longer, depending on the water levels16map.png

Cost: $3 per day.

Difficulty: Class A1. I hear it can be much higher in the spring or after a rain fall. Please be careful and use gear as required to be safe.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixteen_Mile_Creek_(Halton_Region)

Sixteen Mile Creek is a river in Halton Region in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. It is in the Great Lakes Basin, and flows from the Niagara Escarpment through the towns of Milton and Oakville to Lake Ontario.

It was previously known to the Mississauga Indians in their language as Ne-sauga y-onk or niizhozaagiwan (“having two outlets”) and to the French as Rivière de Gravois (“gravelly river”).

Like many creeks draining into Lake Ontario, Sixteen Mile Creek has cut a deep valley that is home to a broad range of wildlife, including whitetail deer, raccoons, foxes, opossum, and squirrels.The forest contains tree species typical of the Carolinian forest habitat, although since this is close to the northern limit of this zone, some are poorly represented. The total area of the drainage basin is 372 square kilometres (144 sq mi).

In Oakville, it also forms part of Glen Abbey Golf Course and is home to the Oakville Yacht Squadron.