The Minden Wildwater Preserve was mentoined in the local Minden Times newspaper recently in conjunction with the unusually low Spring water levels and the cancellation of Gulllfest this year. Here is the text of the article, courtesy of the Minden Times and Sun Media:
"Gullfest cancelled due to low water levels
Posted By Chad Ingram
Gullfest 2010 has been cancelled.
White Water Ontario announced last week that is was cancelling the annual kayaking event, held at the Minden Wild Water Preserve, due to low water levels on the Gull River.
"This has been one of the driest springs on record due to lack of snow," said John Slot, director of the preserve. "We waited to the last minute to reach our decision to cancel as a considerable amount of pre-planning goes into such an event."
While Slot said the river at the preserve is still passable at low levels – something he called "bump and grind" – he said trying to run the event with water levels this low did present "a different degree of risk and challenge."
The event was scheduled to run on July 3 and 4.
Gullfest typically sees anywhere from 100 to 300 participants and includes paddling events such as flips, acrobatics and surfing, boatercross, where participants simultaneously head down the course, as well as camping, music and barbecuing.
Gullfest has been happening for the past decade and it's the first time the event has been cancelled due to a lack of water.
It was the third major river festival Slot knew of to be cancelled this year because of low water; organizers of the Marmora Area Canoe and Kayak Festival and Quebec's Kipawa River Rally have also announced their events will not be running.
Water levels throughout the county are lower than usual after a winter with little snow and a spring with little rain."