Parks Canada's water management team continues to actively monitor water levels and flows, and weather forecasts across the Rideau Canal. These factors are used to determine dam operations on a daily basis for the Rideau Canal.

The Rideau Canal is an interconnected series of lakes, rivers, and artificial canal cuts stretching for 202 km from Ottawa south to Kingston, Ontario. The water in the system comes from two major watersheds: The Cataraqui and Rideau Rivers.

The canal, including its tributary lakes and rivers, is an important economic, environmental and recreational resource used by 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.