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JOCK RIVER LANDING

Spring: **  Summer: *  Fall: **  Winter: *

         Independent Directions to this Site: From Highway 416 (The Veteran's Memorial Highway) take exit 66 (Fallowfield Road). Northbound traffic exit right, take the 0.4 km offramp to Fallowfield Road, then turn right or NNE. Southbound traffic exit right, take the 0.4 km offramp to Fallowfield Road, then turn left or NNE onto it and in 0.5 km join the northbound traffic. Both groups will now follow Fallowfield Road east for an additional 0.4 km to reach Strandherd Drive. Continue straight east onto Strandherd and follow it 6.7 km to Woodroffe Avenue. Turn right or SSE onto Woodroffe and drive 2.1 km to Prince of Wales Drive (Prescott Highway). Turn right or south onto it and go 0.5 km to the entrance, on the left, of the parking area for Jock River Landing. Turn left or east into the parking area.
         Rideau River West Side Route Directions: From the south end of Lodge Road, turn left or south onto Prince of Wales Drive (Prescott Highway). Proceed 0.2 km to the entrance, on the left, of the parking area for Jock River Landing. Turn left or east into the parking area.
Map of the Jock River Landing area
Map of the Jock River Landing area
         Site Description and Birding Information: This site at the mouth of the Jock River provides an opportunity to observe gulls, waterfowl, early swallows (late March) and other birds taking advantage of the food supply stirred up by the confluence. The edges of the parking area are worth checking for migrants, in season. And trails lead off to the south toward the Beryl Gaffney Park.
View of Jock River Landing Area
View of Jock River Landing Area
         If you are a canoe enthusiast, this is a great place to begin exploring the Jock River. It is 1.2 km (by canoe) from the Jock River Landing site to the beginning of the Jock River Conservation Area. It is 3.6 km to Greenbank Road and 5.9 km to Cedarview Road (by canoe).
         Rare birds seen here include an immature male King Eider December 13 to 19, 1993.
Immature Male King Eider - Dec. 17, 1993 Immature Male King Eider - Dec. 17, 1993
Immature Male King Eider - Dec. 17, 1993
        Rideau River West Side Route Directions: From the parking area for Jock River Landing, turn left or south onto Prince of Wales Drive (Prescott Highway). Proceed 1.4 km to Rideau Valley Drive/Jockvale Road, then turn left or southeast onto Rideau Valley Drive. Go 0.2 km to the entrance, on the left or northeast, of the parking area for the next location along this route, the Beryl Gaffney Park.
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Last update:  October 29, 2009