Put on from a river-left campground off Chemin Godin a little ways south of Maniwiki. Take out at the Bonnet Rouge campground. There is a small river access fee at both locations. (Note: Lat/longitude coords are for rapids and put-in/take-out are approximate. Locations have not been verified by a GPS.)
An downriver takeout is rumored to be at: 46.2399, -75.9408.
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Put on from a campground along Chemin Godin a couple miles south of Route 107 from Maniwaki.
Lat/longitude coords for all these rapids are approximate, determined from www.gatineau.org/en/carte.html and Google Maps.
The first rapid has several play spots. (Ed note: Not exactly sure where the rapid name came from, although there are a about six islands in the river close to this spot.)
From Jason Robertson's Report, 2002:
Lucifer had a series of named holes; the first center hole is "L'Ange Gardien" (Guardian Angel), which is followed closely downstream by "L'Agneau de Dieu" (God's Lamb) on the left and the aptly named "L'Anus de Lucifer" (Lucifer's Anus) on the right.
Karl Gesslein said, in 2001:
My favorite was Lucifer, which we ran 6 times. There were 4 big holes and the trick was to run it and catch all four of them. There was another hole aptly named Lucifer's Anus which was a boat eating monster. We didn't play in that one.
Lat/longitude coords are approximate, determined from www.gatineau.org/en/carte.html and Google Maps.
The rapid is on the *RIGHT* channel which should be avoided since it leads to a dangerous dam.
A dangerous dam blocking the right channel. Avoid by staying on the left channel.
Take the left channel along Raven Island. Beware the "Crow's Beak", a sharp protuding rock along the bottom left.
Translation Note: The name 'La Danse du Draveur' pays homage to the river and region's rich history in logging dating back to the early part of the 19th century. There's a famous song by that name, as well as a YouTube video 'Log Driver's Waltz', where the singer extolls the dancing of her log driver boyfriend who learned his graceful moves prancing from log-to-log on a whitewater river. This is also shown on the back of the old Canadian one dollar bill which features a log jam on the Ottawa River in front of Parlement. There is even a hotel by that name in Maniwaki.
There is a large wave-hole extending half way across the river from the left edge, followed by a large standing/breaking river-wide wave that can be punched in the right spot. Sneak the rapid along the right edge.
Just above the take-out the river narrows to a small chute where a wonderful set of standing waves form that make great surfing. There is a gage here on the river-left rock wall.
There are two known paddlers' gages
The Suivi Hydro Gage (ID 040830) is located in Lac-Douaire, immediately upstream of the huge Baskatong Reservoir (itself about 25 miles north of Maniwaki).
The whitewater sections of the river are below the reservoir and are dam controlled. While the gage will not be able to indicate current release flows; it shows reservoir in-flow and will provide a general indication of watershed conditions.
Gage levels are reported in Meters Per Second; multiply by 35.3 to convert to CFS.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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Surfing High Tension @21ft
Playing in TГЄte des Six
Jim Quigley at bottom of Lucifer
Bonnet Rouge Paddlers' Gage
Route 107 Paddlers' Gage
Lucifer's Anus on the Gatineau (4)
Lucifer's Anus on the Gatineau (3)
Lucifer's Anus on the Gatineau (2)
Lucifer's Anus on the Gatineau (1)
Le Mur on the Gatineau
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