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This site is one of many rapids and cascades along this stretch of the Petawawa River. I hope to be able to do this sometime, as the names alone have intrigued me for years. Bypass Falls is found further upstream from Achray Rd than most of the others, and I coded it red because I don't believe that someone can paddle there and back in one day.

This section of the river has been popular with whitewater paddlers for many years. None of the waterfalls are very big by themselves. In each case, the drop is probably no more than 2 or 3 metres. But taken together, this is a fabulous stretch of river for waterfalls, especially for those that are whitewater paddling fans.

I do not believe that this stretch is accessible by land. Only Poplar Rapids (see entry for), just upstream from Achray Road, should be accessible on foot.

Some Key Facts
Region Northeast
County Nipissing
Near Lake Traverse
Watercourse Petawawa River
Watershed / % Lakes 3 / 23%
Ownership Algonquin Provincial Park
Landscape Wilderness
Size Small
Type Barrier Cascade
Modification Natural
Access No Land-based Access
Top / Bottom /
Trail conditions Overnight Water Route
Hiking Time
Coordinates 45.9491,-78.1022
Site ID WOO.NIP.005
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