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  JONES FALLS Locks 39-42
Number of locks: 4 (incl. 3 in flight) Total Lift: 17.8m ( 58.4 ft.) Lock Through Time: 1 hour*
Chart No: 1513 (Sheet 4) GPS:1 N 44o 32.760'    W 76o 14.300'
Chart Sales: Yes Lockstation Tel: 613-539-6081 or 613-507-3185
Washrooms: Yes2 Drinking Water: Yes3 Day Use Docking: Yes
Overnight Mooring: Yes Docking4 Upstream:
104m/340'
Docking4 Downstream:
55m/180'
Ice: No Power: No Boater Camping:5 Yes
Boat Launch: Yes Picnic Tables: Yes BBQ Grills: Yes
Parking: Yes Public Telephone: Yes Self Guided Trail: Yes
Hwy Access: 4 km W. of Hwy. 15
on Jones Falls Rd (Cty Rd. 11)
Locks Connect: Whitefish Lake to Sand Lake
Special Notes: To ensure passage, boaters must arrive at least 2 hours prior to closing.
Of Interest: One of the prettiest lockstations on the Rideau, Jones Falls is home to the “Great Stone Arch Dam.” When completed in 1831, this was the highest dam in North America (almost 60 feet), a stunning feat of engineering, still very impressive to this day. The defensible lockmaster’s house, known as Sweeney House after the first lockmaster, Peter Sweeney, is open for interpretation (closed in 2012). The blacksmith’s shop, built in the 1840s, often has a blacksmith on duty, more than willing to explain his craft (closed in 2012).
Notes: Gas is available upstream at Sand Lake Marina or downstream at Seeleys Bay. Limited services are available from the Hotel Kenney (including docking with power).
* Time to actually go through the locks. Allow at least twice this time when trip planning. See Schedule Caveats.
1) GPS data should not be used for navigation. See the GPS page.
2) Washrooms are wheel chair accessible.
3) Unless indicated otherwise, water at the lockstation is potable.
4) Includes both blueline and greyline docking - see Lockstation Docking Page.
5) Allows tent camping for those arriving by water and also for cyclists and hikers.

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Jones Falls Lockstation
Jones Falls Lockstation looking Northwest
One of the prettiest lockstations on the Rideau, Jones Falls has a flight of 3 lower locks, with a turning basin separating these from the upper lock. At 58.4 feet, this is the highest lift of any lockstation on the Rideau. There is lots to see at Jones Falls so plan on stopping for awhile.
photo copyright © Canadian Hydrographic Service - used with permission

Jones Falls Lockstation
Jones Falls Lockstation looking South
Visitors heading to the upper lock often miss the spectacular arch stone dam that was built to tame the mile long series of rapids and falls that led out of Sand Lake. A tremendous engineering feat for the day (1830), it still stands today for the most part exactly as originally built (you may have guessed that the power station and weir is not part of the original structure). Take a few moments from your journey to stop and have a look.
photo copyright © Canadian Hydrographic Service - used with permission







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