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Boat Launches on the Rideau Canal
(listed in geographic order, south to north)

The exact location of launch ramps and marinas is shown on the appropriate navigation charts (charts 1512 and 1513).

Name Location Description
Rideau Acres Campground 10 km north of Kingston on Cunningham Road. 2 km north of Hwy 401. On Colonel By Lake
44° 18.440'N - 76° 25.560'W
Good launch, steel grating over gravel. Accommodates boats up to 25 feet. Dock, parking and picnic tables available. Launch fee
Bill Hughes' Ramp 13 km north of Kingston on Hughes Road. 5 km north of Hwy. 401. Follow pavement to gravel, past farm to the ramp (about 4 km). On River Styx.
44° 21.350'N - 76° 23.060'W (not verified).
Gravel ramp. Accommodates fishing boats up to about 18 feet. No dock. Parking and camping available. Launch fee
Melody Lodge and Marina 33 km north of Kingston on Hwy 15 - then 10 km west of Hwy 15 on Burnt Hills Rd., past Carrying Place to marina. On Cranberry Lake
44° 25.210'N - 76° 19.680'W
Paved ramp. Fairly steep. Dock. Parking. Picnic area. Accommodates boats up to 26 ft. Launch fee
Dog Lake, Gilmour Point 33 km north of Kingston on Hwy 15 - then about 18 km west of Hwy 15 on Burnt Hills Rd. to Battersea. About 1 km east on Wellington Street, to Gilmour Point Road, to ramp. On Dog Lake
44° 25.950'N - 76° 21.540'W
Steel grate on gravel. Dock. Parking available (no overnight parking). Accommodates boats up to 20 ft. No launch fee
Henry Knapps Campground 33 km north of Kingston on Hwy 15 - then 2 km west of Hwy 15 on Burnt Hills Rd., past Brass Point Bridge to campground. On Cranberry Lake
44° 27.760'N - 76° 16.820'W
Gravel ramp with paved approach. Dock. Accommodates boats up to 24 ft. Parking available (fee). Launch fee
Seeleys Bay 34 km north of Kingston on Hwy 15. Take Main St off Hwy 15 (west) then left onto Bay St. If coming south, turn west onto Mill Street to where it meets Bay St. On Cranberry Lake
44° 28.730'N - 76° 14.210'W
Good paved launch with docks and ample parking. Supplies and amenities in village. Accommodates boats up to 28 ft. No launch fee
Shangri La 44 km north of Kingston, 3 km west on Jones Falls Road. On Whitefish Lake
44° 32.560'N - 76° 14.020'W
Gravel launch. Dock. Parking fee. Accommodates boats up to 36 ft. Launch fee
Sand Lake Marine 44 km north of Kingston, 5 km west on Jones Falls Road, turn right (north) onto Sand Lake Road. Next left is Glover Road, about 1 km to left at Hugh's Road, then 1 km to Marina. On Sand Lake.
44° 33.500'N - 76° 14.970'W
Gravel launch. Dock. Parking, ice, fuel, repairs. Accommodates boats up to 26 ft. Launch fee
Sand Lake Road 44 km north of Kingston, 5 km west on Jones Falls Road, turn right (north) onto Sand Lake Road. Next left is Glover Road. Continue to end. On Sand Lake
44° 34.040'N - 76° 14.700'W
Small paved to gravel launch. Dock. Limited parking. Accommodates boats up to 20 ft. No launch fee
Battams Road 52 km north of Kingston, on Hwy 15 to Elgin. Turn left (west) onto Davis Lock Road for 1 km, then left on Bush Road for 0.5 km, the right onto Battams Rd. Continue to end of road (2 km). On Sand Lake
44° 35.110'N - 76° 14.910'W
Small gravel ramp. No dock. Limited parking. Accommodates boats up to 20 ft. No launch fee
Franklin's Marina Chaffeys Lock Road - 8 km west of Hwy 15. On Opinicon Lake.
44° 34.890'N - 76° 18.600'W
Good ramp. Parking for car and trailer (fee). Accommodates boats up to 30 ft. Launch fee
Opinicon Hotel Chaffeys Lock Road - 9 km west of Hwy 15. On Opinicon Lake.
44° 34.695'N - 76° 19.145'W
Paved ramp up to water then gravel & sand. Accommodates boats up to 24 ft. Free for hotel guests. Launch fee for non hotel guests
Iron Bridge Lane (Chaffeys - Indian Lake) Chaffeys Lock Road - 8.5 km west of Hwy 15. Turn right just after Brown's Marina. On Indian Lake
44° 34.940'N - 76° 19.050'W
Paved ramp. Limited roadside parking (or see owner of Simmons' Lodge for parking). Accommodates boats up to 25 ft. No launch fee (donation box available for donations)
Indian Lake Marina Marina Road - 7 km west of Hwy 15 on Chaffeys Lock Road, turn right on Marina Road and go 1 km to Indian Lake Marina. On Indian Lake
44° 35.960'N - 76° 18.510'W
Paved ramp. Dock. Parking available. Accommodates boats up to 35 ft. Launch fee
Newboro 59 km north of Kingston on Hwy 15. Turn left (west) at Crosby onto Cty. Rd. 42 and go 5.5 km to Newboro. Turn left onto Lock Road to village maintained launch ramp and parking lot. On Newboro Lake.
44° 38.835'N - 76° 19.200'W
Paved ramp. Accommodates boats up to 35 ft. Parking fee. No launch fee
Forresters Landing Drive 10 km west of Hwy 15 on Cty. Rd. 42, just before Westport. On Upper Rideau Lake.
44° 40.240'N - 76° 22.160'W
Gravel ramp and dock maintained by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. Roadway parking. Accommodates boats up to 25 ft. No launch fee
Westport ("The Cove Boat Launch") 15 km west of Hwy 15 on Hwy 42. At bottom end of Bedford Street (turn right onto Rideau Street, continue around to Main Street, then right at The Cove Restaurant on Bedford Street.) On Upper Rideau Lake.
44° 40.775'N - 76° 23.640'W
Paved ramp and sheltered dock. Limited roadside parking. Accommodates boats up to 28 ft. No launch fee
Crosby/Big Rideau Lake Road Off Hwy 15, on Cty. Rd. 42, take 1st right onto Narrows Lock Road, 3 km to McCann Rd. Continue 2.5 km to Big Rideau Lake Road, turn left (west) and drive 1.5 km to ramp. On Big Rideau Lake (Hudson Bay).
44° 41.860'N - 76° 16.360'W
Steel grated launch ramp. Dock. Limited roadside parking. Accommodates boats up to 20 ft No launch fee
Portland Public Ramp 1 On Hwy 15, 66 km north of Kingston. Turn left onto Colborne Street, the left (west) on St. Mary's to ramp. On Big Rideau Lake
44° 41.935'N - 76° 11.550'W
Paved approach ramp, steel grate over gravel. Parking on street. Full services in village. Also pay ramps at Lens Cove Marina or Bayview Yacht Harbour Marina. Accommodates boats up to 30 ft. No launch fee
Portland Public Ramp 2 On Hwy 15, 1.5 km north of Portland. On Big Rideau Lake.
44° 42.655'N - 76° 10.580'W
Gravel ramp. No dock. Good parking, toilet, lookout area. Accommodates boats up to 18 ft. No launch fee
Murphys Point Provincial Park Off Hwy 15, on Cty. Rd. 2, take 1st right onto Narrows Lock Road. Follow road about 12 km, across Narrows Lock to County Rd. 21, into Murphys Point Provincial Park. On Big Rideau Lake.
44° 46.815'N - 76° 13.030'W
Gravel ramp. Dock. Good parking, toilet, picnic tables. Day use fee
Rideau Ferry Harbour (marina) 1 km north of Rideau Ferry, turn left (west) onto Coutts Bay Road, 2 km to Rideau Ferry Harbour. On Big Rideau Lake.
44° 50.920'N - 76° 08.740'W
Wide dirt launch, dock and lift for larger boats. Parking fee. Accommodates boats up to 40 ft. Launch fee
Rideau Ferry Municipal Ramp On the north shore, just a short ways west of the bridge (117 Elizabeth Dr). On Big Rideau Lake.
44° 50.900'N - 76° 08.570'W
Shallow gravel ramp - no nearby parking - no fee
Rideau Ferry Yacht Club CA Turn left (north) at Lombardy onto Rideau Ferry Road and continue 6 km to village (17 km N of Portland, 83 km N of Kingston, 11 km S of Smiths Falls.) Turn right onto Yacht Club Road and go 1 km to Rideau Ferry Yacht Club Conservation Area. On Lower Rideau Lake.
44° 51.400'N - 76° 08.130'W
Concrete ramp. Parking. Toilets. Picnic Tables. Accommodates boats up to 18 ft. Day use fee.
Lower Beveridges Lockstation 1 km north of Rideau Ferry, turn right (east) onto Port Elmsley Road (County Road 18), and go 3 km and turn right, just past bridge to Beveridges Lock station. On Lower Rideau Lake.
44° 52.465'N - 76° 08.250'W
Paved ramp. Cement dock. Parking, toilet, picnic tables. Accommodates boats up to 30 ft. Launch fee
Poonamalie Road (Poonamalie Lock) 91 km north of Kingston, 7.5 km north of Lombardy, turn left (north) onto Poonamalie Road, continue 2 km on dirt road. On Lower Rideau Lake/Rideau River.
44° 53.470'N - 76° 03.480'W
Gravel ramp. No dock. Parking. Accommodates boats up to 24 ft. during low water season (mid to late summer) & 40 ft. during high water season (spring). Launch fee
Smiths Falls (Detached Lock) 94 km north of Kingston. Turn left onto Abbott St., cross bridge, then turn left at the Parks Canada Detached Lock. On Rideau River
44° 53.755'N - 76° 01.715'W
Paved ramp. Cement dock. Picnic tables. Parking (day fee). Accommodates boats up to 20ft. Launch fee
Edmonds Lock Lane (Edmonds Lock) Take County Rd 17 (Jasper Road) from Smiths Falls to Edmonds Lock. On Rideau River
44° 52.600'N - 75° 59.020'W
Paved ramp. No dock. Parking (day fee - use upper parking lot). Accommodates boats up to 30 ft. Launch fee
Roses Bridge From Kilmarnock Lock take Kilmarnock Rd. south to Roses Bridge Road and head west to bridge. On Irish Creek
44° 51.490'N - 75° 54.890'W
Gravel ramp. No dock. Accommodates small boats. No launch fee
Riverside Camp 10 km east of Smiths Falls on Hwy.43 to 1st entrance to River Road, continue another 5 km to 2nd entrance. The from 2nd entrance, travel 3 km to Riverside Camp (between Kilmarnock Lock and upper Merrickville Lock. On Rideau River
44° 53.120'N - 75° 52.900'W (not verified).
Gravel/Dirt ramp. Parking. Toilets. Accommodates boats up to 16 ft. Launch fee (free if staying at park)
Montague Township From Riverside Camp, continue past to Boat Launch Road. On Rideau River.
44° 52.920'N - 75° 53.116'W
Gravel ramp. Narrow dock. Limited parking. Accommodates boats up to 16 ft. No launch fee
Lions Campground, Merrickville Turn west (towards Blockhouse) at flashing light in Merrickville onto Main Street. Go past Blockhouse parking then turn right at Lions Campground. On Rideau River (upstream of Merrickville locks)
44° 55.000'N - 75° 50.345'W
Good paved ramp. No dock at ramp. Parking. Accommodates boats up to 26 ft. Launch fee
Muldoon Road On south side of Rideau River at foot of Muldoon Road (about 2.5 km from The Catchall On Rideau River
45° 01.400'N - 75° 42.400'W
Gravel ramp. No dock. Some parking. Accommodates small boats. No launch fee
Becketts Landing On north side of Rideau River at foot of Malakoff Road On Rideau River
45° 02.470'N - 75° 41.690'W
Gravel ramp. No dock. Some parking. Accommodates small boats. No launch fee
Curry Park In Kemptville, at foot of Parliament Street (just east of Curry St.) On Kemptville Creek
45° 01.200'N - 75° 38.475'W
Gravel ramp. Good dock. Parking. Accommodates boats up to about 20 ft. No launch fee
Rideau River Provincial Park 19 km north of Merrickville, turn left (west) onto County Rd 44, 5.5 km to Rideau River Provincial Park. On Rideau River
45° 03.440'N - 75° 40.310'W
Paved ramp to shallow gravel. Cement pier, parking, toilets. Accommodates boats up to 23 ft. Launch fee
Pirates Cove Marina From Kemptville, head east on Hwy 43 then turn north on County Road 19 (River Road) for 5 km. Turn left (west) opposite Flynn Rod into Pirates Cove Marina. On Rideau River
45° 04.110'N - 75° 38.130'W
Paved ramp. Good dock. Washrooms. Full marina facilities. Parking. Accommodates boats up to 50 ft. Launch fee
Reeve Craig Launch On north side of Rideau River at foot of Greenline Road On Rideau River
45° 04.400'N - 75° 38.580'W
Gravel ramp. No dock. Parking. Accommodates boats up to about 18 ft. No launch fee
W.A. Taylor Conservation Area On River Road (Cty Rd. 19), about 23 km south of Ottawa. Turn left (west) opposite junction of Road 114 to Osgoode, and go into W.A. Taylor Conservation Area. On Rideau River
45° 08.000'N - 75° 38.070'W
Paved ramp. Good dock. Toilets. Picnic tables. Parking. Accommodates boats up to 20 ft. Launch fee
Kars - Rideau River 21 km south of Ottawa on Carleton Road #6 (aka Roger Stevens). Take Rideau Valley Drive to Kars. Turn left at Wellington Street to small craft ramp. On Rideau River
45° 09.010'N - 75° 38.650'W
Good cement ramp. Pier. Walk 0.5 km to Kars recreation area for parking. Accommodates boats up to ?. No launch fee
Kars - Stevens Creek In recreation area (west on Wellington Street). Lots of parking. On Stevens Creek
45° 08.890'N - 75° 39.070'W
Good gravel ramp. Boats up to about 18' (main limiting factor is getting under bridge to get to Rideau River). No launch fee
Long Island Marina 2 km north on Commodore Lane in Kars. On Rideau River.
45° 09.510'N - 75° 38.250'W
Gravel ramp. Dock. Accommodates boats up to 35 ft. Launch fee
Manotick Boat Launch Off Bridge Street, on southwest side of bridge over Rideau River. On Rideau River
45° 13.880'N - 75° 40.790'W
Wide gravel ramp. Dock. Launch Fee
Gloucester Eccolands Park 11 km north of Manotick, turn left opposite Environmental Technology Centre. On Rideau River
45° 18.890'N - 75° 41.830'W
Wide paved ramp. Floating docks. Toilet. Kids playground. Parking. Accommodates boats up to ?? (prob. at least 30 ft.) No launch fee
Hogs Back off of Hogs Back Road (on Mooneys Bay). On Rideau River
45° 22.190'N - 75° 41.740'W
Concrete ramp. Accommodates boats up to 26 feet. Launch fee
Dows Lake at the Pavilion off Prince of Wales Drive, turn right at Preston. On Dows Lake.
45° 23.760'N - 75° 42.350'W
Wide corrugated cement ramp. Accommodates boats up to 65 ft. Parking fee. Launch Fee






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