Exploring Grey & Bruce 5 July 2021

My sketchy paddleboard adventure!

With over 100 inland lakes in Grey Bruce, I’m excited to hit the road this year and check many of them out.  Yesterday, I thought it would be cool to check out the Hepworth Creek and try to access it from a river.  

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

The long and short of it is, the creek is a bunch of tall grass, and there was no way I was getting into it.  

Feeling a little defeated, I stopped by the Skinner Marsh where I love to grab pics of wildlife.  White herons seem to be occupying the marsh lately. 

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

I decided to venture down a road to the south of the marsh (Concession Rd 1) labelled ‘Road Not Assumed’ by the Municipality.  It was a super sketchy road that led to McNab Lake!  Who knew?  Well, a couple of anglers did!  

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

I set my paddleboard in by a little dam and paddled upriver to the lake.  It was a little slice of heaven!   I saw frogs, turtles and fish swimming alongside me!

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

When I got to the shallow lake, it was a very neat setting.  It was very private, and the sound of birds was abundant.  After paddling for a bit, I spotted a couple of loons!  They were distant from each other.  The sun was behind them, which didn’t make for good photos, but as I got closer, they decided to dive under the water and reappear together, on the other side of me with the sun shining on them!  

 

McNab Lake Loons

McNab Lake Loons

 

I saw what I believe was a beaver building a little dam, which I had to maneuver over with my board.  

 

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate

 

Overall, it was a great adventure, and I would totally recommend McNab for kayakers, canoes and, of course, paddleboards. 

On the way home, I had the opportunity to see a couple of sandhill cranes.

 

-Mike Seiler

Hepworth Creek, McNab Lake, Owen Sound Real Estate