I love waterfalls! Even man made ones.This one is produced by a dam on Kawagama Lake, which feeds into the Hollow River flowing to Lake of Bays. It helps to regulate the depth of the lake. In the spring there are very high waters due to the ice (up to 3 feet deep) and the snow melting. Our lake is fed by other small lakes and springs.The dam is at the end of a narrow bay.
Recently they have put up floats to keep boaters away from the mouth of the dam. Hard to believe but some do not understand how powerful the undertow can be by dams. It looks deceptively calm and tranquil.
Son takes us in with a paddle. In the last century this river was used as a logging river and there are still logs embedded in the bottom form that era. There are a lot of Dead Heads or partly submerged old logs in here, so you can't run your motor.
We park off to the side and walk through the bush to the dam. The fishing is great here but other than my youngest granddaughter no one brought their rods. There a lots of bass in here. Granddaughter put a small daisy on her hook and can you believe caught a small bass! I guess this proves they will go after just about anything!
The top of the dam is where they have access to place or remove more timbers to control the flow. You can see the covered chutes for the timbers. It has railing all around and of course warning signs about the swimming danger.
The down side of the dam flowing into the river. Even with such a small dam the force is intense.
The bank shows time worn rocks, lush with green vegetation from the spray of the falls.
We left the dam and boated over to another small falls that I just love. Once again a small inlet, lined with water lilies and tall grasses.
Of course you don't want to get water lilies wrapped up in your propeller either.
So you paddle!
But worth the effort!
Reflecting it's own image.
A newly fallen tree form the last storm adds soft greenery from to the starkness of rock and dark waters.
Small but powerful. Today it is running very fast due to all the recent rains. I love the sound of the waters splashing and gurgling down.
After an afternoon on the water and exploring on land, we headed back to the cottage for R&R!