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About Pretty Channel Rapids

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There are several small rapids and a dam along the Pretty Channel. If you guessed that they were all pretty, well, you'd be right! The dam comes first, and is found about 1 km downstream from Big Chute. While not a true waterfall, this allows visitors to get warmed up with some whitewater.

Another 600 m downstream lies the largest of the cascades. The total fall is only a few metres, but the scenery is awesome. The cascade falls in several differrent sections of varying widths.

Another 500 m downstream there is a small rapids, and then another small rapids, again another 500 m downstream. This last rapids occurs just upstream of the outlet of Pretty Channel to Lost Channel, which is essentially an arm of Gloucester Pool.

Some Key Facts
Region Cottage
County Muskoka
Near Big Chute
Watercourse Severn River (Pretty Channel)
Watershed / % Lakes /
Ownership Crown Land
Landscape Wilderness
Size Small
Type Barrier Cascade
Modification Natural
Access Difficult
Top / Bottom Moderate / Moderate
Trail conditions Dirt, rock, uneven ground
Hiking Time 45 min
Coordinates 44.9007,-79.6758
Site ID WOO.MUS.049
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.