The Otonabee River runs 34 miles/54 km from Katchewanooka Lake to Rice Lake through the City of Peterborough, Ontario. A portion of the river is part of the Parks Canada National Historic Trent-Severn Waterway. The waterway veers off into the Trent Canal at Trent University down to Little Lake in Peterborough. The waterway is a popular destination for boaters from May through October. There are numerous locks and damns along the rive and canal, many offering excellent places to picnic, fish, and stroll along the water. Walking/biking trails connect with most of the locks.

There are a few places available for camping along the Otonabee River, with many more public & private parks in the surrounding Kawartha Lakes region. They are typically open from mid-May through early October but individual operating dates will vary.

Four tent cabins are available to reserve at Lock 24 on the Otonabee River. They accommodate up to 6 people, have a propane BBQ for cooking, and free access to shower facilities. The Lakefield Rotary Greenway Trail runs alongside the Lock and is perfect for cycling between Peterborough and Lakefield. Kayaking and canoeing is popular as is fishing. Check with the Ministry of Natural Resources for regulations and permits.

Beavermead Campground on Little Lake across from downtown Peterborough has RV spots both unserviced and serviced with hydro & water. They have fully accessible and tent sites as well as a group site. They offer a comfort station with showers and a dump station. Canoe & kayak rentals are available. A swimming beach and playground are adjacent in Beavermead Park which connects with Rogers Cove, Lock 20, and the famous Peterborough Lift Lock. The Ecology Park borders the other end of the campground and connects with Peterborough’s off-leash dog park.


Further down river is River Bend Marina along a 40+ mile open stretch between Lock 19 in Peterborough and Lock 18 in Hastings at the far end of Rice Lake. Check with them for RV and tent camping spots in season. Many private parks and resorts are located along the shores of Rice Lake offering a wide range of camping options.

Enjoy exploring the Otonabee River and the beautiful surrounding areas of central Ontario!

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