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2015 Minden's Crazy Raft Race

Hi Whitewater Paddlers:

    I am the Race Director for Minden’s Crazy Raft Race held every July 1st down the Gull river in Minden from the Rotary park to downtown Minden. We typically have between 15 and 25 rafts with up to 100 rafters on board. I am seeking a Kayaker or skilled canoeist who is willing to assist next July 1st.

The main responsibility would be to paddle alongside the lead rafts to monitor rafts and aid if any rafter falls into the river (all rafters must wear lifepreservers). Also, the race rules ask the leading rafts to stay within 4 raft lengths of the raft behind them (to avoid “runaway” winners), with a penalty of a 360’ turn. This requires enforcement.

My role has been to kayak behind the last raft to also provide assistance to stragglers, and to pick up any “flotsam” from the rafts.

There is also an opportunity to assist with the pre-race planning and organizing if there is someone interested in helping. 

If anyone is interested, please contact me.

Best regards,

Bill Chadwick

Race Director, Minden’s Crazy Raft Race

905 853 0955905 853 0955

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Sept 30th: Orillia Power Generation Proposal Meeting Update

On September 30th, WO representatives from the Executive, Advocacy and Preserve Committees met with Orillia Power Generation to discuss the proposal for a power generation project at the Gull. OPG are in the preliminary stages of developing their proposal and are seeking consultation from Whitewater Ontario as landowners of the river and representatives of paddlers, the primary users of the river.

WO leases some land from OPG at the Minden Wild Water Preserve and OPG is investigating a hydro generation project where a tunnel would run from the dam at the top of the Gull, under part of the campground through WO and OPG owned land, and out to a generating building river left downstream of the final rapids on the Gull.

WO is gathering more information on the project and the proposal and will keep members updated as things proceed. For more information or if you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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