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Colwells Wharf to Foshay Lake Loop


Colwell Wharf to Foshay Lake Loop Gallery


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Quick Facts

Features historic wharf, river
Access boat launch
Route Difficulty easy
Water Body Type river
Current Type minimal
Route Type loop
Route Distance 4.8 km
Portage Distance none
Estimated Time 2 hours
Elevation Change 3 metres
Scenery Rating beautiful
Cell Reception medium
Fees none


Note: These waterways are fairly well protected by surrounding trees but wind conditions can still drastically vary the speed and difficulty of your trip. Please plan accordingly.

There is a lot of recreational boat traffic in this area so use caution and be aware. On our trip we passed speedboats, sailboats and jet skis. When you get in the water, continue along the shore on the right. After passing a farmer's field you will enter a smaller channel. Continue up the hardwood lined channel. After 1.5 kilometres the trees will open up into a grassy berm on the left. The berm soon ends as the channel opens up into Foshay Lake.

Crossing over Foshay Lake to the main river channel

You can continue into a small channel that opens up into a larger part of Foshay Lake. We were running out of light so we turned left as we came into Foshay Lake. Across from the end of the berm you will see a small channel that goes out into the larger river channel. When you come out into the larger channel turn left and continue downriver until you get back to the wharf. Make sure you stay to the left as the channel splits before you get to the wharf.


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From the Sign

Colwells Wharf
Preserving an Historic Link to the River

This wharf was one of many stops for an impressive fleet of steamboats that plied the Wolostoq / St. John River from 1816 to 1947. Before railways and highways, these steamers formed a vital network between communities along the river. In 1999 the St. John River Society began the rehabilitation of thirteen wharves, which today serve as public access points to the recreational waterway section of The Great Trail (Trans-Canada Trail), guaranteeing the river continues to link people for future generations.

Colwells Wharf Sign


From highway 2 between Fredericton and Moncton, take exit 339 for Jemseg. Turn towards Cambridge-Narrows, and at the intersection near the exit, turn right towards Lower Jemseg (route 715). After a short distance you will come to another intersection. At this intersection turn left and continue on route 715. After 6.6 kilometres you will come to another intersection. At this intersection turn left and continue on route 715. After another 7.6 kilometres you will come to one more intersection. At this intersection turn right, and at the end of a short road you will come to Colwells Wharf. The restored wharf is off the end of the road. The boat launch is on the right before you get to the wharf.

Boat Launch at Colwells Wharf on the St. John / Wolostoq River

Other Routes nearby

Trail Last Hiked: July 9, 2022.

Page Last Updated: June 19, 2023.