Trip Rating: 4/5
I had no idea this river was paddle-able, so when I was invited to a club event, I jumped at the opportunity. New Hamburg is a small town outside of Kitchener. I was impressed at how clean and well kept the houses and parks are. We met at William Scott Park, unloaded our gear and paddled round trip up and back down the river. Southwestern Ontario has charm oozing out of it everywhere you look. This trip is worth the effort, if you are looking for something new to try.
The launch is a dirt ramp with lots of free parking. There are no washrooms at the launch. However, you are close to the town. The scenery is beautiful, featuring huge mansions and epic trestle style bridges.
To find this location, enter 84 Bleams Rd W, New Hamburg, ON N3A 1G8, Canada into Google Maps.
The water here is very flat and is on the top side of the New Hamburg Dam. Please use extreme caution when in the area of any dams as they can be dangerous. From the park to where the water is to low to continue is approximately 6km each way.
The trip is approximately 12k and will take 2.5 hours.
Difficulty: This is a fairly calm area, be mindful of the currents in the spring. Please be careful and use the right gear when paddling.
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