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Rideau River

Rideau River Provincial Park


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


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.


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 for suggested points of interest and click on guides 13 or 14 for day trips from the park.


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.

Discovery Program

Join Discovery staff at an Exploration Station during the months of July and August. Bring along your Discovery Activity Book (or pick one up at the Exploration Station), and use the equipment and materials provided to explore the park, observe plants and animals, and discover the wonders of nature. Be sure to share your observations with park staff! For more information keep an eye out for weekly calendar of events posted throughout the park.


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.


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.


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.