Rideau River

Biking

There are no dedicated bicycle trails at Rideau River but bicycles are permitted on campground roads.

Birding

Watch for waterfowl, Great Blue Herons and osprey along the Rideau River in the park. The Rideau Bird Sanctuary, west of Merrickville, provides excellent birding opportunities.

Boating

Power boats are allowed on the Rideau River. There are many fascinating points of interest to explore. Venture upstream, 20 km to Burritts Rapids lockstation or downstream, 20 km to Long Reach lockstation in Manotick. Take a trip through the locks for a real adventure! Marinas are located along the way.

Visit http://www.rideau-info.com/canal/paddling/index.html#guides for suggested points of interest and click on guides 13 or 14 for day trips from the park.

Canoeing

Paddling on the Rideau
The Rideau River is part of the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site. This waterway offers lots of opportunities for paddlers wanting to explore. Visit this website and click on paddling guide 14 for points of interest near the park, for example, a 7 km paddle up Kemptville Creek to the town of Kemptville.

Fishing

This section of the Rideau River is very popular for muskie anglers. Good opportunities also exist for bass, walleye and panfish. Ask at the Park Office about Tackleshare, a fishing rod and reel loaner program.

Hiking

Shoreline Trail – 1.5 km, linear, easy
Hike the Shoreline Trail and look for wildlife along the riverbank such as frogs, turtles and Great Blue Herons.

Swimming

The Main Beach, a sandy beach on the Rideau River, is located next to the campground. The swimming area is marked with buoys and has a gradual drop-off. Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beaches. Amenities include picnic tables and a picnic shelter in the shady, grassy area. Flush toilets and change rooms are on site as well.