Parks Canada closing 18 more locks along Trent-Severn Waterway due to high water

In addition to the seven locks already closed, Locks 1 through 18 will close as of June 20

Parks Canada is temporarily closing Lock 1 - Trenton through Lock 18 - Hastings (pictured) on June 20, 2022 until further notice due to high water levels and flows. Seven locks were previously closed on June 17. (Photo courtesy of Kawarthas Northumberland / RTO8)
Parks Canada is temporarily closing Lock 1 - Trenton through Lock 18 - Hastings (pictured) on June 20, 2022 until further notice due to high water levels and flows. Seven locks were previously closed on June 17. (Photo courtesy of Kawarthas Northumberland / RTO8)

Parks Canada will be temporarily closing an additional 18 locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway beginning Monday (June 20) due to high water levels and flows.

Lock 1 – Trenton through Lock 18 – Hastings will be closed, and inbound vessel traffic will be advised that entry at Lock 1 – Trenton will be closed until further notice.

The Murray Canal — an eight-kilometre canal linking Lake Ontario with the Bay of Quinte — will also be closed on Monday.

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On Wednesday, Parks Canada announced Locks 19 – Scotts Mills and Locks 22 – Nassau through Lock 27 – Young’s Point would be closed to navigation as of Friday.

The only two locks that remain open between Lock 1 – Trenton and Lock 27 – Young’s Point are Lock 20 – Ashburnham and Lock 21 – Peterborough Lift Lock.

According to Parks Canada, over the past 20 days, the Trent-Severn’s watersheds have received significant amounts of precipitation, the equivalent of 100 to 200 per cent more than the normal amount expected for this time.

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This partial closure will protect boater safety and help to prevent shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.

All boaters are strongly encouraged to lower their speeds and watch their wake. Residents and visitors should exercise extreme caution around and on the water.

Parks Canada says it will reopen individual lock stations in stages as soon as it safe to do so.

Status of lock stations along the Trent-Severn Waterway as of June 20, 2022. (Graphic: Parks Canada)
Status of lock stations along the Trent-Severn Waterway as of June 20, 2022. (Graphic: Parks Canada)