Paddling Route: Campbellford to Percy Reach
Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site
Southern region 1-day route
Filled with many things to do along the way, this route can be made into a day full of many little adventures.
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Total distance: 11.5 km (7 miles); one way
- Time to paddle: 1 day; 2.5 to 3.5 hours
- Number of locks encountered: 5
- Environment: Gentle river with some short urban paddling
Facilities and services available along this route:
- Lockage (recommended)
- Accessible washrooms
- Potable water
- Picnic area
COVID-19Some 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.
- Floating dock at the upper reach of Lock 8
Location: Lock Point, 26 Kelleher Rd #26, Campbellford, ON
- Depart Lock 13 and paddle south to Lock 8
Lockage is recommended for several locks along this route. Portaging may be difficult.
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.
- The water flows from Campbellford to Percy Reach
- Preferable wind conditions are from the north (tail wind)
- Avoid winds from the south (head wind)
- Watch for powerboats and their wake
- Be aware of ongoing construction at Lock 13
Watch for dams at the following locations and be sure to navigate away from them:
- 0.5 km after bridge of left side (east shore)
- 1.45 km after Lock 11/12 on right side (west shore) with power house 0.2 km after dam
- 2.4 km after Lock 10
Nearby communities and services
- Dining and shopping within walking distance of river.
Points of interest
- Campbellford cenotaph - Community War memorial
- Giant Toonie in Old Mill Park
- Ranney Falls
- Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
- Ferris Provincial Park
- Locks 11/12 Ranney Falls
- NEW: Oasis overnight accommodations at lower reach of Lock 9
- Sunken gates at lower reach of Lock 9 of left side (east shore) in the little cove
- Centennial Trail between Lock 8 - Percy Reach and Lock 9 - Meyers
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.
- Kawarthas Northumberland
Parks Canada on Youtube
Videos by others
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