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Kaine Creek Route

Nashwaak River



Store Lower St. John River Region

Quick Facts

Features wildlife, fields
Access steep boat launch
Route Difficulty easy
Water Body Type back channel
Current Type none
Route Type linear
Route Distance 5.8 km return
Portage Distance none
Estimated Time 3 hours
Elevation Change 3 metres
Scenery Rating beautiful
Cell Reception strong
Fees none


Once in the water, turn left towards the old train bridge (Going right would take you out into the main St. John/Wolostoq River). Pass under the old train bridge and keep left. After a stretch of forested shoreline, that includes an old bridge abutment, you will find a narrower channel on the left. This is Kaine Creek. Follow Kaine Creek as far as you can. This route depends on adequate water levels to get very far. You will follow along a wooded area on the left and farmers' fields on the right. There are a few places with dugways out into the fields that you can explore.

On our paddle we were lucky to see a rainbow in one of the fields. We saw many deer on both sides of the channel, geese both old and young, baby ducks and a beaver. Watch the video to see them.

Paddling along Kaine Creek in the Nashwaak River Valley



Nashwaak River - Kaine Creek Route


In Fredericton cross one of the bridges to the Northside. If crossing the Princess Margaret Bridge take the first exit, loop around and continue straight through the lights onto Riverside Drive. If crossing the Westmorland Street Bridge take the first exit and at the lights on Union Street turn right. Drive for 1.5 kilometres and you will come to a bridge crossing over the Nashwaak River. The parking lot is between the bridge and an apartment building on the north side of the river. Turn into the parking lot and you will find the boat launch on the right.

The steep boat launch next to the bridge over the Nashwaak
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Trail Last Hiked: June 10, 2022.

Page Last Updated: May 28, 2023.