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Fourth Chute, Bonnechere


START / FINISH: Fourth Chute. 8 km east of Eganville.
HEIGHT OF FALLS:cascading waterfall
RIVER / STREAM:Bonnechere River
ACCESS/WALKING:Easy
BEST VIEWING LOCATIONS: Walk down beside the falls on the either side of the road.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Be careful near the waters edge, the rocks and the fast moving current.

Information
The Fourth Chute, 8 km east of Eganville, is one of five spectacular waterfalls on the Bonnechere River. The Chute is the site of the Bonnechere Caves. The limestone caves were carved out by water after the last ice age about 10,00 years ago. The Bonnechere River travels 145 km from its source in Algonquin Park to the Ottawa River at Castleford. The Bonnechere River, while the smallest of the major tributaries of the Ottawa River, drains an area half the size of Prince Edward Island. This watershed provides productive farmland, substantial forests, and scenic landscape along its course. The river has many calm stretches, with intermittent rapids and waterfalls. Log drivers built chutes around these obstacles, and later dams were built to produce hydroelectricity.

How to get there
From Hwy 41 at Eganville turn onto Fourth Chute road (going east) and travel 8 km. Park on the left just before the bridge crossing the Bonnechere River.

Directions

  • Walk down the banks of the Bonnechere River beside the falls on either side of the road. The large flat rocks beside the chute are an excellent place to enjoy a picnic.