Going back several years ago, when I was still camping with my parents, they excitedly came back from their mini canoe trip and told us about these gorgeous waterfalls they came across. It was a long, winding river that led to the falls, and my then-fiance and I immediately took off to go find it.
Lake of Two Rivers is actually misleading because it’s actually just one river that both enters and exits the lake at different areas. The Little Madawaska River is sourced from Lake La Muir.
The interesting thing about this lake is that if you stick along the edges, and kayak (or canoe) your way up along the right-hand edge, you’ll come across what looks like a bog or marsh. There are actually two of these areas, and one of them will lead nowhere, while the other opens into a water-lined trail towards the beautiful waterfalls.
This would be a good time to mention that at one point, these waterfalls were very unknown. Whenever my husband and I canoed to them with the boys, we were often alone to play and take as many photos as we wanted before heading back.
That is the very reason I’ve entitled this post, “The Not-So-Secret Waterfalls”.
The Downfall of the Waterfalls
As someone who relishes the serenity of nature, I can’t help but find it bothersome to hear the noisy crowd that gathers there. It’s usually well before we’re even in the vicinity of the waterfalls. Maybe it’s just me. But it’s darn-near impossible to get family photos there now, with so many people. While I would never want to deny anyone the beauty of these waterfalls, what used to be a peaceful, private area is no longer either. It just isn’t the same as it once was.
The waterfalls area is actually a portage point. This sign on one of the trees, letting people know that the river is only 50 meters away.
On a bright sunny day, it’s awesome to pack a picnic lunch and sunscreen, and head to this gorgeous area. The water is cool on your feet as it rushes between your toes. The air is fresh and the sound of the water is just awesome.
Canoeing isn’t the only way to access the waterfalls. There have been a couple of years when we were unable to rent canoes to make the trek here. The Old Railway Bike Trail will also take you to them. One year, we stopped along the trail for family photos and I found an old railway tie, rusted, from the old logging days! Tyler was BIG on trains in those days and kept it.
So why would I share this little nugget with you? Especially when it’s already so popular?
Easy – it’s something that no one should miss. Come. See. Enjoy. And leave it in better condition than you found it. It’s just too gorgeous to keep to oneself!