Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts
  • Camping for boaters (paddlers and vessels under power) at most lockstations on the Trent-Severn Waterway

  • Camping space is allocated by the Lockmaster on a first-come, first-served basis and capacity at the station are at the discretion of the Lockmaster. Please note that when determining capacity, the Lockmaster must consider the requirement for appropriate social distancing.

  • Drive-up camping and camping for cyclists and hikers at lockstations will not be available until further notice

  • Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 mitigations, the Trent-Severn Waterway will be unable to offer oTENTiks or reservable camping for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season.

Visit the Trent-Severn Waterway COVID-19 page for updates on park facilities and services.


Starting June 1st, 2020

Starting June 1, 2020 the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services along the entire system.

Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas;
  • day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas, and parking lots;
  • day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways;
  • lockstation grounds; and
  • public toilets where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented
  • camping (For boaters, paddlers and vessels under power only)
Visiting the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site website before they travel.

Situated within The Kawartha Lakes Region, surrounded by a wide variety of nature and wildlife, the Trent-Severn Waterway claims some of the most beautiful lakeshore views and breathtaking scenery in Ontario. At Parks Canada, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to experience these serene sites with an overnight stay in our rustic cabin.

Rosedale offers a very quiet setting, yet it is not far by boat or car to either Fenelon Falls or Coboconk. The rustic cabin is located across from the lockstation on Dewey’s Island Nature Reserve – a nature-lover’s dream. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the boats go by or take advantage of nearby parkland, picnic areas and opportunities for paddling.

Reservations

Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737- 3783)

General information
Cost:
  • $102.21/night
  • $91.98/night (September 8 to October 11, 2020)
Staff hours:
  • Spring and Summer

    Lock Staff will be present between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for anticipated arrivals during the spring and summer season

  • Fall (after Labour Day)

    Please phone 1-705-887-3120 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to obtain check-in instructions

After hours registration:
  • If you plan on arriving outside of operational hours, please call the lockstations directly at 1-705-887-3120 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to obtain check-in instructions, plus information on washroom access and purchasing wood for a campfire
Check-in time:
  • 3:00 pm
  • Early check-ins may be available. Visitors are encouraged to call the lock station for early check-in times
  • Lockstation hours of operations are limited. Plan your arrivals in advance
Check-out time:
  • Before 11:00 am
Quiet hours:
  • 10:00 pm - 7:00 am
Max. length of stay:
  • No maximum
Max. persons per accommodation:
  • Up to 5 people
Max. vehicles per accommodation:
  • No maximum
Extra camping units allowed beside the accommodation:
  • No additional camping units permitted
Generator policy:
  • No Generators provided. Use of generators is limited to 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Minimum age policy:
  • A minimum of one adult (19 years of age or older) per cabin is required
Internet/Wi-Fi access:
  • Wi-Fi is not available at this section of the Trent-Severn Waterway
Mobile/Cell reception:
  • Yes
Visitor Guidelines

Rules that apply to the other camping and oTENTik sites along the Trent-Severn Waterway also apply to this Parks Canada rustic cabin site. Before you visit, please review all Visitor Guidelines.


Pets

Only guide dogs or support animals are allowed inside the cabin. Pets in the park must be leashed at all times.

Cooking
For safety reasons, cooking is NOT allowed inside the cabin. Please use the outdoor propane bbqs or firepits provided.
Cleaning
The cabin must be cleaned prior to departure. Please use the broom and dustpan provided.
Garbage and recycling

If you accumulate any garbage or recycling during your stay, please use the bins located at the lockstation.

Storing food

Please store food, drinks, and scented products securely in the metal storage bins supplied on your cabin site so that wildlife does not seek access to your cabin. Please do not leave any garbage or recycling in the storage boxes upon departure.

Swimming

Swimming, diving and bathing are strictly prohibited in all navigation channels along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Swimming is allowed in nearby lakes.

Alcohol and cannabis

Possession and consumption of alcohol is enforced in accordance with the Ontario Liquor License Act. The act prohibits consuming or having an open container of liquor on docks, shelters and public areas. Liquor can be consumed at your rented cabin site ONLY.

Cannabis consumption is prohibited around cooking shelters and public areas, and is restricted to your campsite. Smoking is prohibited in the cabin.

Firewood

Firewood can not be brought into the historic site. Firewood must be purchased within the site and is available at the lockstation.

Protect your forests from the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive invasive insect which attacks and kills all species of ash. It has the capability to spread rapidly throughout trees and forests. A single piece of infected firewood can be detrimental to thousands of trees and forests.

Park staff selling firewood to camper
Firewood – Buy it where you burn it
What's included

Please note:There is no plumbing or running water in the cabin. Washrooms, potable water and sinks for dishes are available at the Rosedale lockstation.

Inside
  • Comfortably sleeps 5-6 people*
  • Indoor table and bench/chairs
  • Solar-powered 12V light with phone charger and outlet
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

*Blankets and pillows are not provided.

Outside
  • Food storage unit
  • Food preparation station
  • Propane BBQ and propane
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Paddle dock for canoes and kayaks
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What to bring
  • Bedding and pillow(s)
  • Flashlight, lantern or headlamp
  • Personal gear: clothing, accessories, toiletries and slippers or indoor shoes
  • Personal safety items: whistle, first aid kit, sunscreen and bug repellant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Food and drinks, reusable water bottles, etc.
  • Entertainment (i.e. binoculars, books, cards, sporting equipment, etc.)
  • Other (matches or lighter, rope, etc.)
Getting here
Location: 161 Trent Canal rd, Fenelon Falls, ON
Getting here by land
  • Rosedale lockstation is accessible by car or bike via Hwy 35
Getting here by water
  • Lock 35 (Rosedale) is located 252.9 km up from the beginning of the Trent-Severn Waterway System and Lock 1 (Trenton).
  • Find it on Chart #2025

GPS: 44 32' 12" N ~ 78 32' 44" W


Amenities
  • Washrooms, potable water and sinks for washing dishes available at lockstation
  • Bike lock area
  • Easily accessible water locations for canoes and kayaks
  • Firewood and ice for sale at lockstation
Things to do nearby
Paddling

There at two docks located on Dewey’s Island designated for paddling:

  • 1 dock is near the oTENTik sites
  • 1 dock is near the rustic cabin

There are two marinas located nearby to rent canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, paddle boats and fishing boats.

Fishing

Great fishing can be had near the dam, or on both Balsam and Cameron Lakes.

Hiking

There is a 3km walking trail on Dewey’s Island Nature Reserve where you can explore the remains of the old dam and log shoot from the 1800s.

Swimming

Balsam and Cameron Lakes have sand bars that are very popular in the summer. For the little swimmers, the public beaches at Fenelon Falls or Balsam Lake Provincial Park offer more family-friendly facilities.

Local communities

The Village of Rosedale has two marinas, a small antique store, and a trading post. 10 minutes away by car are Coboconk and Fenelon Falls, each offering a variety of restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and other amenities.

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