Paddling Route: Campbellford to Glen Miller Conservation Area

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Southern region 3-day route

Start your 3-day paddling adventure by locking through the first flight locks on the system followed by nine other conventional locks, all operated manually.

Route information

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Total distance: 47 km (29 miles) total; one way
    • Day 1 - Campbellford to Lock 8 - 11.5 km (7 miles)
    • Day 2 - Lock 8 to Lock 7 - 18.5 km (12 miles)
    • Day 3 - Lock 7 to Glen Miller Conservation Area - 17 km (10.5 miles)
  • Time to paddle: 3 days; 11 to 15 hours total
    • Day 1 - 2.5 to 3.5 hours
    • Day 2 - 4.5 to 6 hours
    • Day 3 - 4 to 5.5 hours
  • Number of locks encountered: 10
  • Environment: Urban paddling for short section; then gentle river

Facilities and services available along this route:

  • Lockage (required)
  • symbol for accessible washrooms Accessible washrooms
  • symbol for potable water Potable water
  • symbol for information kiosk Information
  • symbol for picnic area Picnic area
  • symbol for camping Camping


Some lockstation facilities and services have changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and could affect your visit. Please visit our COVID-19 information page for more details when planning your trip.

Plan your trip

This is a one-way route that requires a personal shuttle to or from the put-in and take-out locations. Plan accordingly.

Put-in locations
  • Floating dock at lower reach of Lock 13
    Location: 6199 County Rd 50, Campbellford, ON
Other locations to put-in nearby:
Take-out locations
Other locations to take-out nearby:
Camping & Accommodations

Tent camping is available at most lockstations on a first-come, first-served basis, at the discretion of the lockmaster. Only campsites at Lock 8 can be reserved in advance. Please contact lockstation staff for camping availability.

Night 1 - three options
  • Lock 10 - Hagues Reach
    (705) 653 - 1217
  • Lock 9 - Meyers
    (705) 653 - 1680
  • or Lock 8 - Percy Reach
    (705) 653 - 3139
    • Tent camping
    • Reservable campsites
Night 2
  • Lock 7 - Glen Ross
    • Tent camping
Learn more about camping at lockstations

Paddling directions

  1. Depart Lock 13 and paddle south down the Trent River
  2. From Lock 8, continue following the channel of the Trent River passing by Hickory Island and passing through several locks until you reach Glen Miller Conservation Area, located on your left below Lock 3 - Glen Miller


Lockage is required for several locks along this route. Portaging may be difficult or not possible.

Lockage is the process of raising or lowering boats and paddlecraft into connecting sections of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Lockage takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. During seasonal Hours of Operation, paddlers can lock through any Parks Canada lock with the purchase of a valid lockage permit. Permits may be purchased upon arrival, or in advance online or by phone.

Locks along this route

The status of facilities and services at lockstations listed below are subject to change throughout the navigation season. Please visit our 2021 Facilities and Services page for up-to-date status by lockstation.

Wind conditions

  • The water flows from Campbellford to Glen Ross
  • Preferable wind conditions from Campbellford to Percy Reach are from the north (tail wind)
  • Preferable wind conditions from Percy Reach to Glen Ross are from the west (tail wind). Preferable wind conditions from Glen Ross to Glen Miller are from the north (tail wind)
  • Avoid winds from the south (head wind) between Campbellford to Percy Reach
  • Avoid east winds (head wind) and strong north/south winds (cross winds) in wider sections of the river from Percy Reach to Glen Ross
  • Avoid winds from the south (head wind) between Glen Ross to Glen Miller


Avoid dams

Watch for dams at the following locations and be sure to navigate away from them:

Watch for dams located at the following locations on west shore (right side) when paddling downstream:

Tourism information

Nearby communities
  • Campbellford
    • Dining and shopping within walking distance of river
  • Glen Ross
  • Frankford
    • Dining within walking distance of lockstation
Points of interest
Regional tourism information

The following regional tourism experts can help guide you towards great local experiences and businesses in the areas along this route. Visit their websites when planning your trip.

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