Paddling a canoe or kayak is a great way to explore the wealth of truly wonderful waterways that are the focus of the Township of Rideau Lakes, enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars to spot the wildlife. Do not forget your hat, some sunscreen and a container of water. Insect repellent might be necessary in the narrow creeks. Always respect private property and please leave only paddle eddies behind you.
You can view/download detailed guides for some of our local lakes:
The Township of Rideau Lakes Heritage Map, available throughout the Township, is also an excellent guide for exploring different routes and sights.
Canoes and kayaks have safety regulations. Whether you own or rent, ensure you have on board:
One Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each person on board.
One buoyant heaving line no less than 15m (50 ft) in length.
One whistle or horn as an emergency sound-signaling device.
An extra paddle is a good idea if younger people are to do some paddling. An anchor can also be
useful. If the canoe/kayak is to be left for a period of time in a very accessible place, a lock and
chain or cable might be advisable.
Some paddling suggestions within our area are:
Whitefish Lake: Morton to Rock Dunder - paddle about 3 km - hike about 5 km The Rideau Waterway Land Trust recently purchased Rock Dunder, a former Scout camp property with a summit 275 feet above Morton Bay, because of its breathtaking view of the Canal and even of New York State on a clear day. In Morton, launch from the Parks Canada dock at the end of Stewart Street. Paddle southwest along Morton Bay for almost a km. Watch for a cabin almost hidden in the woods on the left. Just beyond that cabin is a section of gradually sloping land perfect to pull up the canoe or kayak. And just up from that shore is the trail. One 2 km loop winds through mixed forest with moderately steep sections leading to a peninsular outlook over Morton Bay. The summit loop is a 4 km climb through a variety of forest with sneak peaks over the rocky cliffs. The summit itself is a lichen-covered plateau perfect for a lunch break. Enjoy a swim back at the shore before you paddle back to Morton. For more info see: Whitefish Lake Paddling (on rideau-info.com)
Whitefish Lake: Morton to Jones Falls - about 12 km This is a most enjoyable and scenic day trip from the Parks Canada dock at the west end of Stewart St. in Morton. Paddle southwest for most of the length of Morton Bay, about 1 km, and then through the very narrow passage at the end of Dean's Island into Whitefish Lake. Swing northward a distance of about 4 km to Jones Falls where you can easily spend a couple hours exploring one of the great sites of the Rideau Canal. Bring a picnic lunch or buy your lunch at the snack bar in Hotel Kenney. If the day is hot, enjoy a swim there and again when you get back to Morton. For more info see: Whitefish Lake Paddling (on rideau-info.com)
Enjoy Lower Beverley Lake: Delta Launch at Lower Beverley Lake Park (free car parking at boat ramp) and paddle along the waters of Lower Beverley Lake and around some of its lovely islands particularly watching and listening for loons. Turn east into the Creek towards Delta and dock behind the Old Stone Mill, a National Historic Site. The Mill opens at 10:00 am with admission by voluntary donation. Buy lunch or enjoy your picnic at the park and visit the shops. For more info see: www.deltamill.org/paddling.html