9 day, moderate
whitewater camping trip. Dumoine Voyageurs meet at the Rolphton Motel
in Rolphton Ontario Canada and are offered on:
2013 Trip Dates
Single Supplement: $150.00
Sleeping Bag Rental: $55.00
$55.00 per person round-trip from Ottawa Ontario Airport.
A magnificent river that combines outstanding
scenery and great paddling.
The Dumoine pirouettes through
one of the finest stretches of
canoeable whitewater in North America.
sparkling jewel, the Dumoine is a canoe tripper's paradise. 75 kilometers
of magnificent river. In this breathtaking river corridor, deep within
the wilds of rural Quebec, the Dumoine pirouettes through what is one
of the finest stretches of canoeable whitewater in all of North America.
The location is remote, so remote that we'll fly in and canoe out for
eight days of wilderness, whitewater and camping.
down an action packed, pool-drop riverbed of boulders and granite, the
Dumoine flashes and dances through an invigorating multitude of rapids
and waterfalls, with calm sections to collect our thoughts. The water
is clear and clean; the fishing is heavenly; and the woods lining the
banks are lovely to behold and ideal for camping. Becoming part of this
river nurtures and strokes the body and spirit. It is a keenly satisfying
Dumoine is known for its consistent flows, more than adequate for whitewater
the summer. The river is predominantly class II with a few class III's
thrown in to keep your attention, and some lakes to relax. We'll stop
to scout all the major rapids and there is always a 'cheat' route. Our
guides are expert coaches, and combined with your desire to learn, you
can develop your river sense, whitewater skills and paddling confidence.
If you choose not to run a particular rapid, one of the party can usually
be convinced to run your canoe through.
Calm stretches and lakes along the Dumoine provide breathing space...
time for a cool drink, a moment to focus on the blue vault of the sky
and to soak in the quiet. Conifers, oaks and birches grip the cliffs
and the steep slopes above. Taken together, the water, woods, and out-of-doors
kiss the senses and massage the mind.
Our bush pilot straps the canoes on the pontoons, and flies us to Alligator
Point in the midst of Lac Laforge, and the rest of the day is ours to
explore and soak in the wilderness. We push off into the primeval forest,
with all gear aboard our canoes, severing for a time all contact with
the outside world. The Dumoine is gentle for the first several days,
quick water and easy rapids and several portages around waterfalls,
but then the rapids build as with our own confidence. In all, we will
encounter thirty-five rapids
and eight portages on our descent to the Ottawa River.
We'll make camp at isolated wilderness sites fully immersed in the Dumoine's
natural beauty. What's astounding for many folks who have joined us
on the Dumoine is that the guides are no less competent as chefs. Kurt
and Joe's Dutch Oven cooking is second to none, Carolyn's breakfasts
are a bounty full, and Jim's Gumbo leaves you searching the river for
We'll be lulled to sleep by the Dumoine's gentle music. Our pace will
be leisurely to enjoy the wilderness and spectacular scenery. We'll
have free time for photography, fishing, swimming, sunning and relaxing,
or for day hikes to the cliffs and waterfalls. As with all our trips,
we incorporate canoeing instruction which includes paddle strokes, river
reading and scouting techniques.
We will supply all food, canoes, tents, kitchen, first-aid and repair
kits. You are responsible for personal clothing and gear, a sleeping
bag and pad. A detailed list is included in your confirmation packet.
Please call the office to visit with us if you have any questions about
whether this trip is appropriate for you.
Voyageur Trip Notes
Where and when to go...and how to get there
The Rolphton motel is located on Highway 17 in Rolphton Ontario. We
usually arrive at the motel between 6 and 8 PM depending on travel time
and airport pickups, we'll see you there. After dinner we will gather
together for a short trip orientation and then distribute gear bags
for packing. Lodging and meals for this evening are not included in
the overall trip price, and a room at the motel averages $60.00.
Travel -- Getting to Rolphton
Driving -- Rolphton is approximately 2 hours west of Ontario
on Highway 17. The motel is located in the small community of Rolphton
on Highway 17. It has a large red roof and is next door to a small gas
station. Cars can be left at Bradley Air Service for the duration of
the trip or at the take-out.
Flying -- Our gateway airport is the Ottawa International Airport
in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Please make arrangements to arrive at the
Ottawa airport between 3:00 and 5:00 PM day 1 of the trip. Return flights
must be after 9:00 PM on the last day of the trip. We recommend staying
an extra night in the Ottawa area and we can help you in making those
arrangements. If airport transfer is desired, arrangements must be made
in advance, our vehicle will meet you for transfer to Rolphton and
return. Round trip transfer is $55.00 per person, and flight arrangements
must be confirmed with our office 10 days prior to the trip.
Logistics and Gear
BattenKill Canoe will provide all community camping equipment including
cooking gear and tents. Meals are included, beginning with lunch on
Day 1 after flying into Lac Laforge, and ending with lunch on Day 9.
In addition we will furnish dry bags for your personal gear. One dry
bag will be given to each two persons. The dimensions of the bag are
approximately 17" x 32". Think of it as the size of being
able to fit your personal gear (clothing, etc.), in a small carry-on
bag that will fit under the seat of an airplane -- not including your
sleeping bags and pads. Regarding sleeping bags, it is most important
that we utilize modern compressible sleeping bags to economize on space.
A packing hint that our guides use is to use small stuff sacks to help
organize gear inside the dry bags making it easier to find individual
items. We will have an assortment of colored (organized by person by
color) stuff sacks for use, as well as some compression sacks for compressing
The trip price includes canoe rental. We have an assortment of canoes,
usually Dagger Dimensions, and Legends along with Mad River Revelations
and Explorers that are fully outfitted for whitewater paddling, with
knee pads, thigh straps, tie downs and supplemental floatation. If you
would like to try a specific model, please give us a call. If you would
like to bring your own canoe please give us a call to make sure it is
appropriate for this river.
The float planes can carry one (1) tandem canoe, two people and gear
per flight. Our trip prices are based on tandem canoes, and because
of logistics, space and weight restrictions involved in flying in solo
canoes, a $250.00 surcharge must be assessed for solo paddlers.
Our pace will be leisurely, to enjoy the wilderness and spectacular
scenery. We will have free time for photography, fishing, swimming,
sunning and relaxing, or for day hikes to the cliffs and waterfalls
along our route.
We'll make camp at isolated wilderness sites fully immersed in the Dumoine's
natural beauty. Meals will be special affairs featuring fresh food and
dutch oven delights, served around the crackling campfire.
The trip is participatory in the sense that your assistance is welcome,
though not required. While our guides will organize and provide direction,
many hands help make short work.
As with all our trips, we incorporate instruction including paddling
strokes, river reading and scouting techniques, as well as responsible
The suggested itinerary is subject to revision due to campsite availability,
trip logistics, weather, and other circumstances outside of our control.
This trip entails several portages ranging in length from 50 yds to
1500 yds. Portage trails are primitive and rugged. Guests will need
to assist in each portage to the best of their ability.
Travel day to the Rolphton Motel in Rolphton, Ontario. After dinner
we will gather for a short trip orientation and repack gear into dry
We will be up early to meet our pilot at Bradley Air. It will require
a few trips to get all our canoes, gear, and ourselves to Lac Laforge.
We will be dropped off at Alligator Point where we plan to set up camp.
Today allows us time to get warmed up and do a bit of instruction before
our week of adventure.
Alligator Point is a mallet-shaped peninsula complete with pine-canopied
campsite and sand beach cove. It gets its name from a kind of amphibious
logging skidder that was used during the early river drive days. Rusting
skeletons of two alligators can be found a short distance from our campsite.
This will be a casual day allowing time for further instruction and
exploration. We'll be paddling mostly Class I water today with a few
swifts and fast water sections thrown in. After two short portages we
will make camp near Twin Falls. There will be time in the afternoon
to relax by the falls, go for a swim or further explore this wonderful
section of river.
Evening at camp will be filled with good food, stories of the day, and
soaking in the surrounding wilderness.
After a hearty breakfast we leave Twin Falls behind and head toward
Triple Play, also known as Grunt Portage (get the idea)! Once the portage
is complete we will look forward to a day of moving water and exciting
rapids. Bridge rapids, a long Class II rapid will drop us into Lac Benoit.
This is a popular starting point for 3-4 day trips on the Dumoine, and
where we will set up camp for the evening. If we are lucky, we may see
or hear the resident loons which add a haunting magic to our evening
After a relaxing paddle across Lac Benoit, we get ready for a series
of rapids. 'Tight Around the Bend', 'Canoe Eater', 'Double Choice' and
'Thread the Needle' make up some of the Class II-III rapids we will
run before finishing our day at Little Steele Falls.
Little Steele Falls is a long rapid requiring some portaging. The nice
thing about it is that camp is just at the end of the rapid and we have
options on how much (or how little) of the rapid we would like to run.
We will want to get to camp early enough to take advantage of a wonderful
swimming hole as well as challenge ourselves surfing in the waves. For
the energetic and adventuresome (or crazy) there may be the opportunity
to carry canoes up the portage trail and run the rapid again.
We typically choose to have a layover day today. This enables us to
settle into our camp sight, have a leisurely brunch, try our luck fishing,
or play in the rapids. All in all a relaxing day letting ourselves be
pulled deeper into the fabric of the river.
Today will probably be our longest day covering almost 24 kilometers.
We will paddle a mixture of flat water and quick water, and encounter
rapids like 'Big Steele', 'Z' and 'Turner'. As we settle into our daily
routine we are constantly amazed by nature and all she has to offer.
Strange monolithic forms shaped by years of running water can be found
at the top of Big Steele rapid, while secluded ponds make us wonder
how early pioneers felt about this special place. Evidence of the logging
era can be seen along the river in the form of old log slides and skidways.
We'll begin to see our first signs of civilization as we pass the Dumoine
Rod & Gun Club. This and other camps are noticeable along the river,
but, fortunately for us, are not occupied during the summer months.
Camp tonight will be at the end of Turner rapid. Here we will find a
small sandy island with a chance to soak in the evening sky before the
sound of the water lulls us to sleep.
The river keeps a low profile this morning until just past Rowanton
where the hills once again make an abrupt ascent to the sky. We will
begin to hear the muted rumble of Grande Chute from a distance, the
hills acting like an echo chamber. Grand Chute is a series of three
waterfalls cutting their way through a gorge before emptying out into
Lac Robinson. We can get a spectacular view of the falls from a bridge
by the ZEC station before starting our portage. We will carry our gear
down the road trail, and then enjoy the walk back (for the next load)
along the scenic river route. This portage is about 1 mile (one way)
and many hands make light work, so it won't be long before we are once
After a peaceful paddle across Lac Robinson, we will make camp in the
center of Red Pine Rapid...in our opinion one of the best rapids on
the river. Five long exciting rapids make up Red Pine, providing us
with a series of play holes and challenging ledge drop rapids. By choosing
this location for camp, we get exciting rapids at the end of the day
and more exciting rapids first thing in the morning!
Perhaps we will linger in camp a little longer this morning, not quite
ready to get back into the real world. Our last day of paddling brings
us by Bald Eagle Cliff, a spectacular cliff with breathtaking views.
Today the river settles down to a slow pace, with swifts, small rapids
and our final portage at Bowman's Falls. Finally we find ourselves at
the confluence of the Ottawa River, after crossing the Ottawa we are
at Driftwood Provincial Park unpacking and saying our good-byes.
Times may vary based on weather and wind conditions
__rain hat or hood on raincoat
__good quality rain jacket & pants (no ponchos)
__medium weight shirt or sweater (wool or pile/fleece)
__light cotton long-sleeved shirt
__light cotton t-shirts
__warm polypro, pile or wool pants
__light cotton or nylon pants
__river shoes (sandals, sneakers or booties)
__socks (cotton or wool or polypro)
__camp shoes (tennis shoes or soft shoes)
__light weight gloves
__toiletries (biodegradable soap i.e., Dr. Bonner or Campsuds)
__washcloth and towel (packtowel)
__sun screen & lip balm
__insect repellant & bug jacket
__sunglasses with securing strap
__personal first aid kit
__flashlight (extra batteries & bulb)
__sleeping bag and pad*
__camera & film
__fishing gear (breakdown please)
__notebook and pen
__flask of alcohol (no glass)
kit rentals available (sleeping bag and pad) $55.00
This is a suggested list, we anticipate that you will have your own
idea of what is "necessary". By all means follow your instincts,
but please remember all our gear must fit in our canoes--pack light...space
is limited!! If you have any questions on what to bring or space restrictions,
or any other questions, please give us a call. 802.362.2800
If you have any questions or need special arrangements please call our
office. Regular office hours are 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday
in season. We are open Saturday and Sunday for day trip rentals, but
our office staff is limited on weekends. We are generally closed Saturday
through Tuesday November through April, although you may catch us in
by chance other times.
Trip prices include lodging, all meals (except when noted) guide services
and accompanying support van. Trips generally meet mid to late afternoon
of the first day, and disband mid to late afternoon of the last day.
We may be compelled to increase or decrease trip prices on trips due
to matters beyond our control, such as currency exchange, airfare, taxes
or price increases. Gratuities for BattenKill guides and other staff
are appreciated, but are left entirely to your discretion.
Often it is easier to call our office to check for availability and
to make reservations. We request a deposit of $500.00 per person to confirm this trip. Immediate confirmation is possible using
your credit card for the deposit.
On receipt of your deposit we prepare a complete confirmation packet,
including a full itinerary, personal equipment list, meeting location
with directions, and application for short?term trip cancellation insurance.
Your confirmation letter will outline the balance which is due at the
trip meeting for domestic trips, and 60 days prior for Canadian and
other International trips. We strongly recommend that you obtain this
cancellation insurance, which reimburses you for nonrefundable costs
and deposits should you have to cancel your trip due to a personal emergency.
Final payment is due 60 days prior to the departure date and can be
paid by check or credit card. Please refer to your confirmation letter
for the amount due.
Notification must be received by BATTENKILL CANOE LTD. (BCL) in writing.
If you must cancel, but
wish to reschedule for another trip, we will do our best to accommodate
you. If you must cancel more than 45 days prior to departure, a refund
of 50% of the per person deposit, OR a 100% credit valid for another
trip. There are no refunds possible with less than 45 days notice or
for leaving a trip early or arriving late.
Gratuities for the inn and food portion of your trip are paid by BCL.
Gratuities for BATTENKILL guides are appreciated, but are left to your
discretion. Each year the guide staff of BATTENKILL CANOE pledge to
pool a portion of their tips and donate them to an outreach program.
Over the past several years these outreach programs have included a
scholarship program for a high school student in the remote village
of Yorkin in Talamanca, Costa Rica, supporting the Ninos in la Calle
program (alternative education program for the street kids) in Somotillo
Nicaragua, financial and educational support to the BattenKill Watershed
Council and an annual donation to the Vermont ACLU.
If you would like to find out more about these projects or have suggestions
for other projects your guides would be happy to visit with you. This
is just one of the ways we are able to reach out to the greater community
and practice socially responsible travel.
Our airline desk is able to assist you in making our airline reservations,
and we are pleased to do so. We can book with all the major carriers
and would be happy to assist you with your travel plans.
We almost always follow through with our entire trip schedule. However,
we must reserve the right to cancel a trip or to make changes to the
itinerary if necessary due to weather and/or water conditions, insufficient
reservations or other factors outside of our control. Although it is
unlikely, if we must cancel your trip, you may choose between: 1. A
100% refund of all monies paid, or 2. A 150% credit of your original
deposit for a future trip with BATTENKILL. This constitutes full settlement,
and BATTENKILL can not be held responsible for other costs incurred.
Dates & Small Trip Charge
Since you plan your vacation around our trip, it is our responsibility
to run every trip scheduled if four or more persons are on the roster.
A number of fixed costs make it more expensive to operate a trip with
six members than one with 12. We budget our trips with a nearly full
sign up, to enable us to price them at the lowest possible cost.
We will still run your trip if four or more guests are on the roster.
However, we will be obliged to add a small trip surcharge if there is
a low sign up of between four (4) and seven (7) participants. The small
trip surcharge is ten (10) percent of the published price.
If you make your reservations 6 months prior to departure, you will
qualify for our Earlybird Discount which guarantees your departure regardless
of the number of people on the roster.
Our standard accommodation is two per room, generally with a private
bath. Usually singles and triples are available. BCL provides three
meals per day, beginning with dinner on the first evening and ending
with lunch on the last day (except where noted).
On our Voyageurs we provide top quality tents along with all other group
camping gear. You are requested to bring only a sleeping bag and pad,
as well as your personal gear. If you choose not to bring your own sleeping
bag, you may rent one of ours which includes a cotton liner and foam
We believe that sharing an adventure with your kids or grandkids
is a life-enhancing experience. Children twelve years of age or older
are welcomed on all trips. Special arrangements must be made for all
children 7-12. Regular discount is 25% off the trip price for folks
under 18 years old.
You must understand that river trips involve some risk. Guests are responsible
for: choosing a trip that suits their abilities, level of fitness and
state of health; arriving at the trip start with the clothing and gear
recommended in the confirmation packet; respecting the laws and customs
of the countries visited; following environmental guidelines and regulations
while on the trip in accordance with guides direction; and respecting
the rights and privacy of other trip members. You will be asked to sign
a Hold Harmless and Release of Liability form prior to your trip.
BATTENKILL CANOE reserves the right to substitute lodges, leaders and
to alter the itinerary when deemed necessary or advisable. BCL shall
not be liable, directly or indirectly for any delay, cancellation, mishap,
inconvenience, expense, personal injury or death, or damage of property
for any reason whatsoever, including acts of God. BATTENKILL reserves
the right to decline to accept, retain, or ask to leave any person whose
actions or deportment impede trip operation, or rights, welfare and
enjoyment of other trip members. No refund is possible under these circumstances.
Payment of deposit, and release of credit card number represents your
acceptance of these terms and conditions. All disputes shall be settled
by binding arbitration in Bennington County Vermont.
BattenKill Trip Guides
We are proud of the folks who lead our trips, and help make an extra
special adventure for you. Each recognizes, welcomes and encourages
the varying skills and interests of each guest.
On the first evening of our get-together, we will conduct a simple orientation
of the trip to come, and go over safety regulations. You will be asked
to sign a liability of release form, and we will collect your final
Word About Equipment
Canoe rental is included in your trip price. You are welcome to bring
along your own canoe if you would like, just let us know. We furnish
premium canoes, paddles and PFD's (life jackets). We feature canoes
by Mad River, Dagger, Old Town and others. If you have a particular
canoe you would like to demo, please give us a call and we will attempt
to have one available.
And So On...
Also, enclosed is our suggested personal equipment checklist. Little
things like lip balm, sun blocks and dry socks make a big difference,
so check it over carefully.
BattenKill Canoe, Ltd.
800.421.5268 or 802.362.2800 fax--802.362.0159
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