Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Site Management

Water Management Updates - Updated: March 12, 2014
Water levels and flows in the Trent-Severn watersheds are managed for public safety including mitigation of flooding; protection of the environment; fisheries; wildlife habitats; municipal water supplies; navigation; recreation and hydroelectricity generation.

The Waterway, including its tributary lakes and rivers, is an important economic, environmental and recreational resource used by thousands of boaters, shoreline residents, businesses and vacationers every year. It also provides water for power generation, municipal water supplies, and agriculture and supports a tremendous variety of fish and wildlife.

The Water Management Program on the Trent-Severn Waterway (TSW) is charged with the complex task of maintaining safe navigation along the canal system through the changing conditions of the seasons while accommodating other uses.

A third-party review released today of Parks Canada's actions in the 2013 Gull River Flooding concludes that Parks Canada staff performed their job to the best of their abilities and their actions helped to avoid further flooding in downstream communities.

Parks Canada commissioned the 2011 Water Management Study in response to a recommendation of the Panel on the Future of the Trent-Severn Waterway. It is an independent study of water management practices in the Trent-Severn watershed.

We all enjoy a long dry summer but what many of us don't realize is that it's a double edge sword. Appreciate those rainy days when they come – the rainfall keeps our lake levels up. Throughout the Trent-Severn watershed we're highly dependent on Mother Nature to fuel the system....

View graphs showing the daily water levels of each lake on the Trent-Severn Waterway, as well as historic high and historic low water levels. These graphs are updated daily providing you with accurate, near "real time" information. You can also find information about the Trent-Severn Waterway water management program.

The Water Management Advisory Council provides expert and stakeholder advice on how Parks Canada can best carry out its responsibilities for water management throughout the Trent and Severn River watershed, and achieve an appropriate balance for its water management goals.

The objective of this document is to provide clear direction for the construction of in-water and shoreline works and related activities normally associated with the development and use of waterfront properties for residential purposes adjacent to the Rideau Canal and Trent–Severn Waterway National Historic Sites of Canada.