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About Shirley to Crotch Falls

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Also called Shirley Lake Falls, this small, narrow, notch falls is found along the short creek between Shirley and Crotch Lake. This has nothing to do with Shirley's crotch! It is normally accessible by paddling, but explorer extraordinaire, Gary Smith, indicates that it can be reached by a very long trail.

I believe that it is possible to put in a canoe at Shall Lake Access Point No. 17, found off the Major Lake Road. From here, it would be a 2.5 km paddle to the north end of Crotch Lake, followed by a portage of close to 1 km upstream towards Shirley Lake. Part (or most) of the river route is actually made of a portage, so be ready!

NOTE: I have not taken this route, and don't even know if Major Lake Road is open. Pleaee research ahead for waterfalls found off the grid.

I'd be interesting in knowing if you can view the falls from higher above (?). A very low falls is found immeidately upstream, just below Shirley Lake.

Some Key Facts
Region Northeast
County Nipissing
Near Shirley Lake
Watercourse Shirley Lake
Watershed / % Lakes 2 / 21%
Ownership Algonquin Provincial Park
Landscape Wilderness
Size Small
Type Notch Cascade
Modification Natural
Access Shorter Water Route
Top / Bottom /
Trail conditions Shorter Water Route
Hiking Time
Coordinates 45.6694,-78.1025
Site ID WOO.NIP.064
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