THE CROWE RIVER,  WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

 

                     Methuen Lake

                           Paudash Lake

                       Wollaston Lake

           North River out of methuen  lake

Burnt Dam on Round Lake

North river between Round and Belmont Lakes

From Paudash,  it  turns southwest and heads through the southeast corner of the township of Highlands East in Haliburton County, then south into the township of North Kawartha in Peterborough County. The Crowe River heads south-southeast back into Hastings County at the township of Wollaston and  passes through a dramatic 33 foot gorge   (755 ft long,  & 30-metre (98 f)-high)  at The Gut Conservation Area.

The Gut is a geological feature and conservation area east of Apsley, Ontario, Canada, with unusual Precambrian rock formations and a waterfall. A branch of the Crowe River which passes through the conservation area flows over an exposed basalt lava ridge, part of the Canadian shield, then turns sharply and cascades into a deep gorge formed by a fault in the ridge, continuing downstream in a series of rapids and pools.                                                                                         Click here for tourist pamphlet.

For a great map of the Crowe Watershed,  click here.

The Crowe River Course

(Part of this description is borrowed from Wikipedia)

Before reaching Marmora,  the Crowe River will pass through three counties.  The river begins at Paudash Lake and exits southeast out of the lake under Ontario Highway 28 and over Paudash Lake Dam at the settlement of Paudash in Faraday township, Hastings County. 

For more on Paudash Lake by Wikipedia,  CLICK HERE

After passing through the Gut,  the river  takes in the left tributary Green River, and reaches Tangamong Lake.

The river continues out of the lake over a falls, southeast to Whetstone Lake  and takes in the left tributary Copeway Creek,

                Tangomong Lake

the falls between tangomong and whetstone lakes

  1911 Dam building by Cordova Co & Pearce Co..jpg

1911 Dam building by Cordova Co & Pearce Co..jpg

Next the Crowe River  passes into the township of Marmora and Lake at Mud Turtle Lake east of the settlement of Vansickle, heads back into Peterborough County at the township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, flows through Cordova Lake and out over Cordova Lake Dam.

(Be sure to click on Vansickle & Cordova Lake above  to find out more.)

Don't miss watching these kayakers over the Cordova Lake dam!

Scott's Dam Crowe (Deer) River

 The Crowe River  exits  Belmont Lake from Crowe River Bay to the east,  over  the Belmont Dam to Crowe Lake.  In 1984 major work was done in this area,  dredging the basin.

Before reaching Belmont Lake,  the Crowe River (sometimes called the Deer River) offers us a beautiful display of waterfalls known as "Scott's Dam,  accessible fromFish Hatchery Road.

Ron Barrons sent this photo.  He writes

:Helen Louise Jackson (1928-1943 drowned in Deer River) and Alfred Nagel Jackson (1931-1997) attended school at Rockdale, here standing by one of the trucks of the Deer Lake Fish Hatchery circa 1939 and their arrival at the Hatchery from Normandale on Lake Erie.

At the time of the 100 year flood in 1976, the dams were operated and maintained independent of one another.  Cordova and Round lake dams were controlled by the staff at Deer Lake Fish Hatchery.  Belmont Lake was controlled by Walter Van Steenburgh.  The operators maintained their lake at a level that most benefited the residents living there, with little regard for those residing downstream.  The flooding in 1976 accentuated the need for some revision in this system.

A centralized reporting system was implemented whereby each dam operator would phone in the water level to a central location at Kemptville.  MNR staff there would evaluate the change in water levels at each lake and determine the change in stop-log placement at each dam.  This would result in a more equitable sharing of the flooding, instead of simply dumping everything downstream.

The boulder covered bottom of the Crowe River, east of County Road 48 was identified as an area that restricted the egress of water from Belmont Lake.  After some delay, a dredging operation was initiated on the Crowe River in 1984. Most of this took place from county road 48 westward.  The river was drawn down to allow equipment to enter the river bottom and remove boulders and loose debris.  Removing these obstructions would help to speed up the flow during the spring run-off.

More recently, an assessment of Belmont Lake dam showed that there was a need to make the footings more secure.  In 2014 a project was completed to stabilize Belmont Lake dam.  Holes were drilled through the dam and into the bedrock and rods were inserted and secured. 

tHE cROWE rIVER EXITING bELMONT lAKE                                                                                                                                  (pHOTOs BY wAYNE vANvOLKENBURG)

Photos by Wayne Vanvolkenburg taken outside his house on the Crowe River

At Belmont Lake,  the river system takes in the major right tributary,  the North River,  carrying water from Round Lake and arriving at North River Bay.

North River,  Round Lake to Belmont Lake

Next,  on route,  the waters of the Crowe system  pass Blairton and thereafter cross  the county line back into the Township of Marmora and Lake at Big Island.

Crowe Lake Statistics

Photo of Crowe Lake by Celia Murray

 The waters of Crowe Lake drain into the Crowe River again  at the easterly end. This photo by Doug Prindle shows the sand bar at the mouth of the river located to the left.  Just south of the mouth of the river,  the Crowe  takes in the major left tributary Beaver Creek, and reaches the community of Marmora ,  and the Marmora Dam

Mouth of the Crowe River,  leaving Crowe Lake

The junction of the Crowe River and the beaver creek showing the original bridge,  now replaced.

Voice of the late Bob Gapes

THE CROWE RIVER IN MARMORA

 

The crowe river at marmora before the installation of a dam

It's hard to imagine life in Marmora in 1821,  alone in the woods,  cut off from the thriving Loyalists settlements clustered along the Lake Ontario shoreline.  Adventurers & entrepreneurs were just starting out to explore and survey lands north of what is now Stirling - a land full ofwealth & promise, a hunting ground for the native people and a territory safe from American invasion.  For Charles Hayes,  who came with a dream to establish Upper Canada's first mining town,  the "High Falls"  in Marmora represented everything he needed - a source of food,  a source of water,  a source of power and a source of transportation for his iron ore and lumber.  By 1823,  Marmora had a population of 400,  mostlylumbermen,  miners and furnace workers,  while Peterborough consisted of one mill run by Adam Scott and his wife.  The famous pioneer,  Catharine Parr Traill, had not yet arrived.  The village was completely dependent on the riverand as its history shows,  "a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then."

 

 


You can check it all out,   right here.

The Pioneer Iron Town                    The  Pearce Company                             The Bridges

                    The Marmora Dam                                                       Life on the River

 
 

Leaving Marmora

After passing over the Marmora Dam,  the water of the Crowe heads southwest into the township of Stirling-Rawdon, passing over two 3 ft high and 131 to 197 ft wide falls at Callaghan's Rapids Conservation Area. Also in this area are the Marmora Maze Caves. 

Click here for some nice photos.

Entering the municipality of Trent Hills  in a fourth county,  Northumberland,  the Crowe  flows over Allan Mills dam, passes over several falls at Crowe Bridge Conservation Area, and finally  reaches the Trent River at Crowe Bay , just upstream of the Trent–Severn Waterway Crowe Bay lock and dam. The Trent River flows to the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario at Trenton.