Camping is a great way to experience life on the locks. Whether you're visiting by car, bike or boat, these scenic campsites will have you staying right at the water's edge with access to various amenities. Wave to the passing boats, chat with the lockmasters, and roast marshmallows as you watch the sun go down on the historic waterway. This is a camping experience like no other.

Permits and fees

Many lockstations offer camping on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. (See list of exceptions).

  • Reservations are not required
  • Space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at the discretion of the lockmaster
  • Campsites cost $5.01/night
  • Boaters who are paying for overnight mooring camp for free

General camping information

Operating season:
  • May 15 to October 12, 2020
Staff hours:
  • Lock Staff are on site as per the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site Hours of Operation seasonal schedule, and will be prepared for anticipated arrivals between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
After hours registration:
  • If you plan on arriving outside of staffed hours, please call the lockstations directly to obtain check-in instructions ahead of time.
Check-in time:
  • After 1:00 pm
Check-out time:
  • Before 11:00 am
Quiet hours:
  • 10:00 pm to 7:00 am
Maximum length of stay:
  • 21 days
Maximum persons per site:
  • Up to 6 people
Maximum vehicles per site:
  • 2 Vehicles
Maximum camping units per site:
  • 2 Tents
Generator policy:
  • Use of any generator is limited to 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Electrical service:
  • None

Visitor guidelines

Before you visit, please review the rules and regulations of this National Historic Site. These guidelines were designed to make sure all visitors enjoy a safe and memorable camping experience.

Review all visitor guidelines

Prohibited camping

Camping is not permitted at the following lockstations due to a lack of public space and facilities:

  • Hastings (Lock 18)
  • Scotts Mills (Lock 19)
  • Peterborough Lift Lock (Lock 21)
  • Young's Point (Lock 27)

More information about our infrastructure program


Public washrooms are located at all lockstations where camping is available. Overnight parking is also readily available at most locations for those visiting by car. Various other amenities like picnic tables, firepits and paddle docks are available at some locations. To learn more about a specific lockstation campsite, please email:

Large groups

Large organized cycling and hiking groups (6+) should communicate their camping requirements to Parks Canada in advance. Please email:

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