- Madawaska River (Ontario)
river_name = Madawaska River
image_size = 220px
caption = Upper Madawaska River at
origin = Source Lake
Ottawa Riverat coord|45|26|34|N|76|20|55|W|region:CA-ON_type:landmark|display=inline,title
length = convert|230|km|mi|0|abbr=on
mouth_elevation = convert|70|m|ft|0|abbr=on
discharge = 85 m³/s
watershed = convert|8470|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on
The Madawaska River is a
riverin Ontario, Canada. The river is convert|230|km|mi|0|abbr=on long and drains an area of convert|8470|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on.
It originates at Source Lake in the highlands of
Algonquin Parkat an elevation of convert|450|m|ft|0|abbr=on and flows east, dropping convert|380|m|ft|0|abbr=on before emptying into the Ottawa Riverat Arnprior.
The river's name comes from an
Algonquinband of the region known as "Matouweskarini", meaning "people of the shallows". In the late 1800s, the river was used to transport lumber from the forested areas surrounding the river. Beginning in the 1960s, the river was used to generate hydroelectric power. Undammed sections of the river are also used for canoeing, kayaking and recreational fishing.
* York River
Two sections of the river are designated and protected as provincial waterway parks:
Upper Madawaska River Provincial Park, between Whitney and Madawaska; convert|10.85|km2|sqmi|2|abbr=on.
Lower Madawaska River Provincial Park, between Latchford Bridge and Griffith; convert|12|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on.
Both parks are administered by
Ontario Parksbut are non-operating, meaning there are no visitor facilities or services available. Both are ideal for whitewater canoeing.
List of Ontario rivers
* [http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/learningresources/facts/rivers.html#atlantic Atlas of Canada - Rivers] retrieved
* [http://www.opg.com/safety/water/madawaska.asp Ontario Power Generation - History and water management]
* [http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/uppe.html Ontario Parks - Upper Madawaska River]
* [http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/lowe.html Ontario Parks - Lower Madawaska River]
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