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Keswick Island Route, Keswick River

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Island Loop Route



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Quick Facts

Features birds, wetlands
Access boat launch, dock
Route Difficulty easy
Water Body Type open lake
Current Type minimal
Route Type loop
Route Distance 6.4 km return
Portage Distance none
Estimated Time 2 hours return
Elevation Change none
Scenery Rating beautiful
Cell Reception variable
Fees none


We went looking for Mollys Rock but weren't quite sure where to find it, so we ended up paddling this loop. This was our first paddle on the Benton Deadwater and a great route to explore the long narrow wetland. The Benton Deadwater is created by the arch dam near the boat launch. The dam causes Eel River to flood its original banks forming the wetland.

Benton Deadwater

The flies were quite thick on this visit, especially when we were taking the boat out at dusk. Once out on the deadwater there was a perfect breeze. Enough to keep the mosquitos at bay, but not enough to impede our travel. Plan your trip accordingly. On other visits there were almost no flies and thousands of dragonflies. The dragonflies must have been keeping the fly population down.

On our paddle we saw (and heard) lots of Red-winged Blackbirds. Several ducks in the distance flew away before we could identify them. There were also geese, a beaver dam and what looked like a muskrat hut. The edge of the deadwater was bushes making it very difficult to get to shore. There were also many yellow lilies in the water.

Because this is a dammed wetland there is not much of a current to contend with.



Island Loop Route


For directions to the Benton Deadwater boat launch go to the Benton Deadwater page.

Shelter at the Benton Deadwater Boat Launch
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Route last paddled: May 21, 2021.

Page last updated: May 7, 2022.