Facilities and Services, The Trent Severn Waterway

We list some of the FACILITIES and SERVICES information in the first column we thought it might help to expand on that by showing the last known details that we could find and re-directing you to the Official Page from which it came.
The Trent Severn Waterway web site offers maps, lock locations, GPS coordinates, hours of operation, history of The Trent Severn Waterway, links to Parks Canada who are responsible for The Waterway. 2018 is shaping up to have well over 50,000 visitors to this site and almost 20,000 down loads of our maps and distance charts. Thank you for taking the time to visit us. List your business: FREE.

Trent Severn printable map, click here or jump to: Lock/Station/GPS & Links or Lock/Region/Distance/Chart or Return to Top

Trent Severn: Operating Hours/History!


May 19 to June 18, 2023
Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 3:30pm
Friday to Sunday; and Victoria Day (May 22) 9:00am – 6:30pm


Jun 19 to Sept 4, 2023
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:30pm
Friday to Sunday; and Canada Day (July 1), Civic Holiday (Aug. 7), Labour Day (Sept. 4) 9:00am – 6:30pm


Sept 5 to Oct 9, 2023
Monday to Friday 10:00am – 3:30pm
Saturday - Sunday; and Thanksgiving (Oct. 9) 9:00am – 4:30pm

Links to Parks Canada:
Tel: 705-750-4900 or Tel: 1-888-773-8888 or Email: information@pc.gc.ca

Lock stations are unstaffed after hours. Authorized visitors are asked to exercise caution. Unpermitted access to lock stations 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).

Follow these guidelines to maximize chances of being locked through at the end of the day:
All vessels must arrive at the designated blue zone at least 30 minutes before closing time.
At swing bridges, the last bridge swing will be 20 minutes prior to closing time.

Nautical Charts
Nautical charts can be purchased during the navigation season at Locks 1, 18, 36, 42 and 45, or at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre Gift Shop.

Maximum Overnight Mooring Periods
5 Nights - Locks 1 to 18
2 Nights - All other locks, Murray Canal swing bridges and bridge #50.
Lock 6 offers electrical hook ups and showers (nearby); Lock 34 offers electrical and water hook ups.
Note: Overnight Mooring passes include one free camp site.

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 camping permit.

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.
Boat Permits

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 one day.
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 (48 hrs.).

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 staff.

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 or refundable.

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 fee).

Official Page in Case of Changes - The French Version is available from here. Please note you are leaving our secure pages and will get re-directed to the last known Government Page Location


The Trent Severn Waterway

The six regions of The Trent-Severn WaterwayBrief 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 upgrades were at Big Chute in 1960 and combining two locks at Burleigh Falls in 1968 eliminating lock 29.
• 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.

Trent-Severn Waterway over the years has been called simply trent severn or severn travel or trent severn canal or trent severn water or trent waterway or severn canal or trent canal and all names aptly describe The Trent Severn Waterway. Here at our site, TheTrentSevernWaterway.com, we source the single details that you will need to use this resource running through Central Ontario, Canada.

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