The Trent Severn Waterway

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. Please note, cottage listings are at the bottom of the page, just click here. This website is friendly on all screen sizes, phones to monitors

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May 15 to June 18, 2015
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June 19 to Sept 7, 2015
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Sept 8 to Oct 12, 2015
Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday - Sunday; and Thanksgiving 9:00am – 5:00pm
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NOTE:
Lockstations are unstaffed after hours. Authorized visitors are asked to exercise caution. Unpermitted access to lockstations is prohibited between 10pm and 6am. For emergencies after hours, please call 911 for police, fire, ambulance. To report illegal harvesting of fish or wildlife, please call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry TIPS line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667).
Brief 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.
A feat of "Engineering and Perseverance" that is hard to imagine when considering the construction techniques available at the time.
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 an average lift of twenty meters (65 feet).
Peaking at Balsam Lake the system takes the traveler 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 upgrades were at Big Chute in 1960 and combining two locks at Burleigh Falls in 1968 eliminating lock 29.

Please Note:
All dimensions are rounded hence approximate.

Lock/Station/GPS & Links!

Lock
Station
GPS (proximity)
Links Highlighted
1 Trenton 44.12071N, 77.59160W
2 Sydney 44.13072N, 77.59152W
3 Glen Miller 44.15055N, 77.57970W
4 Batawa 44.16818N, 77.58638W
5 Trent 44.18484N, 77.59188W
6 Frankford 44.19776N, 77.59123W
7 Glen Ross 44.26569N, 77.59697W
8 Percy Reach 44.23592N, 77.78407W
9 Meyers 44.24690N, 77.80009W
10 Hauges Reach 44.26730N, 77.79337W
11/12 Ranney Falls 44.29031N, 77.80160W
13 Campbellford 44.31979N, 77.78615W
14 Crowe Bay 44.33516N, 77.77303W
15 Healy Falls 44.36891N, 77.77434W
16/17 Healy Falls 44.37283N, 77.77988W
18 Hastings 44.30865N, 77.95703W
19 Scott's Mill 44.28926N, 78.30814W
20 Ashburnham 44.29924N, 78.30441W
21 Peterborough 44.30763N, 78.30098W
22 Nassau Mills 44.36464N, 78.29033W
23 Otonabee 44.37248N, 78.28864W
24 Douro 44.38872N, 78.26960W
25 Sawer Creek 44.40017N, 78.26287W
26 Lakefield 44.42001N, 78.27093W
27 Young's Point 44.48823N, 78.23302W
28 Burleigh Falls 44.55972N, 78.20815W
30 Lovesick 44.56196N, 78.25072W
31 Buckhorn 44.55558N, 78.34607W
32 Bobcageon 44.53906N, 78.54654W
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Port Perry
44.0905N, 78.9479W
33
Lindsay
44.35684N, 78.73527W
34 Fenelon Falls 44.53591N, 78.73718W
35 Rosedale 44.57171N, 78.77842W
36 Kirkfield 44.58956N, 78.98955W
37 Bolsover 44.53457N, 79.07110W
38 Talbot 44.50959N, 79.10661W
39 Portage 44.50276N, 79.12626W
40 Thorah 44.49881N, 79.13262W
41 Gamebridge 44.48667N, 79.14889W
42 Couchiching 44.76953N, 79.35024W
43 Swift Rapids 44.85772N, 79.54036W
44 Big Chute 44.88501N, 79.67474W
45 Port Severn 44.80354N, 79.72033W

Lock/Region/Distance/Chart!

Lock
Region
Lake Ontario
KM - Miles
Chart
1 Trent
0 - 0
2021
2 Trent
3.9 - 2.4
2021
3 Trent
6.2 - 3.9
2021
4 Trent
8.3 - 5.2
2021
5 Trent
10.3 - 6.4
2021
6 Trent
11.7 - 7.3
2021
7 Trent
22.2 - 13.8
2021
8 Trent
40.7 - 25.3
2021
9 Trent
42.5 - 26.4
2021
10 Trent
45.0 - 28.0
2021
11/12 Trent
47.8 - 29.7
2021
13 Trent /
51.8 - 32.2
2021
14 Rice Lake
54.2 - 33.7
2021
15 Rice Lake
58.2 - 36.2
2021
16/17 Rice Lake
58.8 - 36.5
2021
18 Rice Lake
82.3 - 51.1
2022
19 Rice Lake /
142.8 - 88.7
2022
20 Kawartha
144.5 - 89.5
2023
21 Kawartha
145.0 - 90.1
2023
22 Kawartha
151.7 - 94.3
2023
23 Kawartha
152.6 - 94.8
2023
24 Kawartha
155.1 - 96.4
2023
25 Kawartha
156.6 - 97.3
2023
26 Kawartha
158.9 - 98.7
2023
27 Kawartha
168.1 - 104.5
2023
28 Kawartha
181.8 - 113.0
2023
30 Kawartha
18.7 - 114.8
2023
31 Kawartha
194.2 - 120.7
2023
32 Kawartha /
222.4 - 138.2
2025
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Scugog
294.5 - 183.3
2026
33
Scugog /
251.6 - 156.3
2026
34 Kawartha
247.2 - 153.6
2025
35 Kawartha
252.9 - 157.2
2025
36 Kawartha /
272.6 - 169.4
2025
37 Simcoe
284.9 - 177.0
2025
38 Simcoe
286.5 - 178.1
2025
39 Simcoe
289.1 - 179.6
2025
40 Simcoe
289.8 - 180.1
2025
41 Simcoe
290.9 - 180.7
2025
42 Simcoe /
337.8 - 209.9
2028
43 Severn
361.2 - 224.5
2029
44 Severn
374.1 - 232.5
2029
45 Severn
387.1 - 240.6
2029

The Trent Severn Waterway

• 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.
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