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About Distress Chute

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I haven't visited this falls, but it looks like it could be reached by land. A road called Distress Dam Rd passes a bunch of cottages and ends at the Big East River. At this point, the road has entered the provincial park, and thus there should be easy and legal hiking upstream.

A small but uniquely attractive dam is situated near the end of the road, but the chute is located about 200 m upstream. Where a falls is this close, there is usually a path worn by previous visitors. But you may need to work your way along the river edge. Please let me know if you find anything.

The site is coded as yellow because I have not visited and cannot confirm that it can be reached on foot. I'm pretty sure that it can; is anyone up for a challenge? The site is about 30 mins north of Hwy 60, with the route starting on Limberlost Rd.

Some Key Facts
Region Cottage
County Muskoka
Near Brooks Mills
Watercourse Big East River
Watershed / % Lakes 3 / 12%
Ownership BIg East River Provincial Park
Landscape Wilderness
Size Small
Type Barrier Cascade
Modification Natural
Access Difficult
Top / Bottom /
Trail conditions
Hiking Time 15 min
Coordinates 45.4635,-79.0857
Site ID WOO.MUS.013
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.