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.

Route information

  • 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
For shorter versions of this route, see alternate put-in locations in list below

Facilities and services available along this route:

  • Lockage (recommended)
  • 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
  • Floating dock at the upper reach of Lock 8
    Location: Lock Point, 26 Kelleher Rd #26, Campbellford, ON

Paddling directions

  1. 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.

Wind conditions

  • The water flows from Campbellford to Percy Reach
  • Preferable wind conditions are from the north (tail wind)
  • Avoid winds from the south (head wind)


Avoid dams

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

Tourism information

Nearby communities and services
  • Campbellford
    • Dining and shopping within walking distance of river.
Points of interest

Regional tourism

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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Videos by others

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