After a busy April and May, I began going stir crazy and had to find a way to bear cabin fever. My solution? It just so happens I had booked an extra day off before a weekend with some buddies in the Kawarthas. My game plan was to get back to nature with a quick hike into a section of crown land on Eels Creek. I was eager to see what all the hype was about.
After getting stuck in Toronto traffic, I finally made it to the parking lot at the bottom of Eels Creek. Only one other vehicle was parked there. It was a good sign.
It was a short hike into the campsite at High Falls. The hike can be easily done in under an hour. Along the way you pass by two lakes, cross rugged shield country, and balance across downed logs (the beaver dam blew out).
Evening on Eels creek
The area is truly beautiful but people have left their mark. Fire pits mark off old campsites and there is most definitely some garbage present in some areas. Don’t let this discourage you from the beauty of the area.
I knew I had reached the campsite when I heard roaring water. I had reached High Falls.
The other hiker had already chosen the top of the falls as their campsite so I respectfully grabbed the site at the bottom of the falls. This little slice of nature was the perfect place to spend the night. Nothing beats falling asleep to the sound of rushing water.
The morning was just as peaceful as the previous night. With perfect weather, I decided to paddle my packraft back down the creek to my car.
The creek is entire flat water with little current except for rapids near the falls and a short section of rapids between the lakes. The rapids between lakes are easily runnable.
The paddle out is equally as fast as the paddle in. Before reaching the car, I was met by a canoeist heading upstream. He told me the creek above the falls is the true gem. That’s a trip for another time. I’ll definitely be returning.
- I have decided not to include a map of the location with this post. The campsites at this location are at risk of being over used. Those with good research and navigation skills will be able to find it with no problem.