Trent Canal Facilities and Services are offered along the length of The Trent Severn Waterway. Many of these service remain free at the time of this writing.
Trent Severn Facilities and services
Lock station amenities
Parks Canada’s Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
offers washrooms* with potable water at all of our lock stations, except
for at Lock 4 and Lock 7. Washrooms at these stations are available
for boater public only.
Availability of washrooms outside of operational hours is reserved
for overnight visitors who have purchased a mooring permit and/or a
Lock 6 Frankford, Lock 31 Buckhorn, Lock 32 Bobcaygeon, and
Lock 34 Fenelon Falls now offer hydro hook-ups to boaters wishing to have power
overnight. This service is offered on a first come, first served basis.
Fees are applicable for this service.
* Lock station washrooms are available to the general public during
operational hours only.
Persons requiring assistance with accessibility at any of our sites
on the Trent-Severn Waterway may contact Parks Canada Operations Staff
through Ont.Trentsevern@pc.gc.ca or Tel: 705-750-4900 Tel (Toll-free
in North America Only): 1-888-773-8888 to be accommodated.
Seasonal Lockage Permit – Allows passage through any number
of locks throughout the entire navigation season.
Six-Day Permit – Allows passage through any number of locks on
any six days.
One-Day Permit – Allows passage through any number of locks in
Single Lockage and Return Permit – The fee charged to travel
through and then return by the same lock station.
Transit Permit – Allows the boater to travel through the Trent-Severn
Waterway in one direction only (a one-time transit where vessels go
through each lock station only once).
Lockage, mooring and camping permits are available for sale to boaters
at most lock stations, online or by calling 1-888-773-8888. Vessel
length is used to calculate lockage and mooring fees. Charges for overnight
camping are based on group size, or camping is free with the purchase
of a mooring permit.
Mooring and camping space is available on a first-come, first-served
basis. Possession of a valid mooring permit is necessary to moor a
vessel overnight at a lock station or bridge station but does not guarantee
a docking space. Vessel owners wishing to moor overnight at lock and
bridge stations should check in with lock staff upon arrival. Boaters
are also responsible for the care of their vessels during the mooring
period. Vessels should not be left unattended for long periods of time.
Check out time in the morning is 11:00 a.m. on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Boaters must leave the wharf area (wall) by 11:00 a.m. the day following
the last permitted mooring night.
Mooring periods vary at different lock stations and bridge stations.
Boaters may tie up at locks 1 – 18 for 5 days, but may stay only
one night at locks 28, 30, 31, 34, and 42. At all other lock stations,
Murray Canal swing bridges and Bridge #50, boaters may stay for 2 nights
Blue lines are often used for additional mooring spaces following
the day's last lockage. However, boaters must move their vessels off
the blue line before the lock opens the next day.
Rafting of vessels is only permitted at lock and bridge stations from
the close of navigation for the day to opening the next morning. Boaters
on the wall are not required to accept rafting. Rafted vessels are
charged the same mooring fee as vessels on the wall.
Vessels having reached the maximum length of stay cannot return to
the same wharf or wall for 48 hours, unless directed otherwise by lock
Overnight camping is offered to boaters who arrive by boat and leave
by boat. Camping is also permitted for organized cycling and hiking
groups at most lock stations, but must be approved in advance.
Vessels towing a boat (aluminum, fiberglass, rubber dingy or personal
watercraft) regardless of size, with or without an engine, will require
a lockage permit for the towed craft. A mooring permit for a towed
vessel is also a requirement.
Vessels 12ft and under are charged a 12ft minimum rate for all permits.
Payment may be made by cash, by personal cheque with proper identification
or with Visa/Mastercard.
Permits are valid only during the year of issue and are not transferable
Seasonal lockage, mooring or transit decals must be affixed to the
vessel. Other permits must be available for verification or validation
by lock staff.
Seasonal overnight mooring permits are also valid for use at St. Lawrence
Islands National Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Fathom
Five Marine Park (boaters using a campsite must also pay a camping
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TrentCanal.com although unique, we present you with all the maps, coordinates, distancej between all locks from TheTrentSevernWaterway.com. Trent Severn spans a distance of 387 km (240 miles) and a rise of 180 meters (590 feet) above Lake Ontario and 80 meters (260 feet) above Georgian Bay at the Trent-Severn's highest point, Balsam Lake. We offer businesses free advertising at our regional site: ShopKawartha.com that encompasses the Centtral Ontario Region.
The Trent Severn Waterway
History of The Trent-Severn Waterway The start to finish time line spans eighty-seven years with the systems construction starting in 1833 at Bobcaygeon and finishing in 1920 at Port Severn, three hundred and eighty-seven kilometers from Lake Ontario. The Navigation channel runs a depth of six
feet from start to finish. The locks vary in raising the water level
some exceptions are; flight locks, the Big Chute Marine Railway with
a lift of eighteen meters (58 feet), the Kirkfield Lift Lock with an
average lift of fifteen meters (49 feet) )and the Peterborough Lift
Lock (finished in 1904) with a lift of twenty meters (65 feet). Peaking at Balsam Lake at 180 meters (600
feet) above Lake Ontario and 80 meters (250 feet) above Lake Huron’s, Georgian Bay. Standard lock dimensions are one hundred
and twenty feet long by thirty-two feet wide. The two exceptions are
the lock 44, the Big Chute Marine Railway at
one hundred feet long by twenty-four feet wide and lock 45 at Port
Severn is only eight-four feet long and twenty-three feet wide setting
the limit if you wish to traverse The Trent Severn Waterway from one
end to the other. Two major upgradeswere at Big Chute
in 1960 and combining two locks at Burleigh Falls in 1968 eliminating
• The Trent Severn Waterway is Central Ontario's 387 kilometers of waterway
utilizing 41 locks, a marine railway and 2 hydraulic lift locks. The highest
point, Balsam Lake is 180 meters (590 feet) above Lake Ontario and 80 meters
(260 feet) above Georgian Bay.
• Navigation here is easy, all the key data is on one page. A click to
the printable map or business directory or towns you pass by with quick links
to their street map, grocery shopping, LCBO and region.
• Enjoy relaxing, activities or the sights of Central Ontario including
the Peterborough Lift Lock or the Big Chute Marine Railway.
• We use 387 km instead of 386 km because that is what we get things to
add up to.
• Balsam Lake is the highest point in the system, not Rosedale or Kirkfield.
Kirkfield is 14.9 m below Balsam and Rosedale 1.2 m below.
• The Kirkfield Lift Lock Chambers rise to one foot below Balsam Lake,
the system works when Balsam fills this area in the chamber increasing the weight,
allowing it to descend so the opposite chamber to can rise. The chamber coming
down must always have more water (weight) for the design to function.
• There is no lock 29 as two locks were replaced by one at Burleigh Falls.
• Purdey's Mills aka Lindsay aka City of Kawartha Lakes, is a side branch
of The Trent-Severn Waterway accessing Lake Scugog.