Freshet conditions (spring run off)in the river. Note that the water levels were low, (first picture. Note the pattern of rocks on the left side of the photo - that's where the arena was located.) This may seem odd in view of existing high water levels and some flooding upstream in
Lakes Couchiching and Simcoe. Between these lakes and Swift Rapids there are several bottlenecks i.e. locations where the river is narrow thus restrictive to water flow.
In order to lower the lake levels, a "hole" is created at the Swift to enable drainage.
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