Mohr Island is often the turn-around point for people out on a short cruise and who are anxious to return to their home base on Lake Deschenes. However, the
final ten kilometres (six miles) of the river remaining before the Chats Falls
Hydro Electric Dam has more to offer anyone who cares to push on.
Photo # 1. Looking upriver towards the Woolsey Narrows.|
Doing so means passing through the Woolsey Narrows and under high tension wires
suspended high above the river. This is the narrowest part of the Ottawa River
between Lake Deschenes and the Chats Falls Dam, and it is one area where
the current may be noticed, especially in spring or when the dam is spilling
large amounts of water. It is also interesting to note that this part of
the river seems to be a little more remote, and it can give sailors a sense
that they are getting away from cottage country.
The high tension wires which cross the Woolsey Narrows are supported by
125 foot towers, although it is obvious that the wires sag considerably
lower than this at the mid-point over the river. From an onboard perspective,
a lack of depth perception may give the optical illusion that the boat's
mast will come close to touching these electric power lines. All of this
can be quite entertaining if an
unsuspecting passenger is allowed to believe
that the skipper is unsure if there is enough room for the mast to safely
pass under these power lines.
Photo # 2. Passing under the wires.|
Photo # 1 shows the the view when looking upriver towards the Woolsey Narrows
from just west of Mohr Island. The village of Quyon is located just behind the
point on the right side of photo. If the picture was extended a little more to the
right, it would be possible to see the steeple of the Quyon Church above the trees.
(The photo does show the vague outline of one of the towers supporting the high
tension wires above the trees.)
Photo # 2 shows a boats heading upriver that has just passed under the high
tension wires (the Ontario shoreline is in the background). It is likely
that the skipper of this sailboat has already spotted the ferry boat which
operates between Ontario and Quyon. (Note that recreational boats should
give way to ferries.)
Text and photos by Michael McGoldrick.
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