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Keswick Island Route, Keswick River

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Town of Nackawic



The lake created by the Mactaquac Dam extends all the way to Woodstock. This makes Nackawic roughly the half way point, and a popular place for boating of all types. Since this part of the river is pretty much a lake, the current isn't really an issue. The river is wide though, and Nackawic is on a bend in the river, so wind can be an issue.

Nackawic stream flows into the river next to Nackawic. From Nackawic you can choose to paddle down river, up river, or up Nackawic stream. The routes we have so far on the website are in either direction across the river at the RV campground. Go to the right and you can go along the shore all the way to Coac Stream. Go to the left and you can go into Nackawic Stream to check out Nackawic Bridge.

While in Nackawic make sure you take the time to go see the largest axe in the world. This 50 foot high axe is quite impressive. It is next to the new (circa 2022) Big Axe Marina. Around the waterfront, and along the river beyond the axe, you will also find the Nackawic Nature Trail. The trail is a great place to take a walk if you have a chance. We have also included a route to the Big Axe Brewery.


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Nackawic is about half way between Fredericton and Woodstock. To get to the dock at the Big Axe Marina in Nackawic, take exit 231 from route 2 and turn towards Nackawic. After crossing the Pokiok Bridge at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Otis Drive. Continue for 3.9 kilometres and then turn right into the Arena. The Marina is just to the left of the Arena.


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