Carp River (Ottawa)

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Carp River
Name origin: From the French carpes à cochon
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Eastern Ontario
Municipality Ottawa
Part of Saint Lawrence River drainage basin
 - location Kanata
 - elevation 113 m (371 ft)
 - coordinates 45°18′07″N 75°52′07″W / 45.30194°N 75.86861°W / 45.30194; -75.86861
Mouth Ottawa River
 - location Fitzroy Harbour
 - elevation 54 m (177 ft)
 - coordinates 45°28′59″N 76°13′37″W / 45.48306°N 76.22694°W / 45.48306; -76.22694Coordinates: 45°28′59″N 76°13′37″W / 45.48306°N 76.22694°W / 45.48306; -76.22694
Length 42 km (26 mi)
Location of the mouth of the Carp River in Eastern Ontario

The Carp River is a river in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It flows north from Kanata, passes through the town of Carp and empties into the Ottawa River at Fitzroy Harbour. The river is 42 kilometres (26 mi) long and takes its name from the sucker fish, called carpes à cochon by the French, found in the river. The watershed is administered by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority.

In the spring there is enough run-off water from melting ice that the Carp River becomes a whitewater paddling site. The put-in is beside a bridge (crossing the river) on Carp Road between Kinburn Side Road and Galetta Side Road. The whitewater is class 2 to 3 and excellent for kayaking and canoeing.

Carp River Restoration[edit]

Planning and analysis for this initiative has been underway since 2000 and involves numerous Stormwater, Sanitary, Transportation, and Waterflow projects. The Carp River Restoration Plan will enhance the river with a narrower low flow channel that improves sediment transport, vegetation along the river banks, and habitat features such as fish habitat pools and wetlands. The project is expected to be complete by 2021.[1]

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