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Parks Canada Closes Most of Rideau Due to High Water Levels

Published By: Jonathan Lee

Increased levels of precipitation have resulted in high flows and water levels across the Rideau Canal. In order to ensure a safe and navigable waterway, Parks Canada has announced a temporary closure of the majority of the canal (except for Ottawa, Newboro, and Narrows lock stations) while necessary adjustments are made.

Parks Canada says the decision was taken after careful consideration of the current situation and is in order to ensure visitor safety.

Boaters within the canal are asked to stay moored until further notice.

All visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water but especially now with the current elevated water levels and flows.

Parks Canada says it would like to thank the public for its patience and cooperation at this time while its team works hard to manage water on the system.

Updates will be available daily through Parks Canada's social media channels.

LOCK STATION

Status as of

July 25, 2017

Ottawa Locks

OPEN

Hartwells Locks

CLOSED

Hogs Back Lock

CLOSED

Black Rapids Lock

CLOSED

Long Island Locks

CLOSED

Burritts Rapids Lock 

CLOSED

Lower Nicholsons Lock 

CLOSED

Upper Nicholsons Lock 

CLOSED

Clowes Lock 

CLOSED

Merrickville Locks

CLOSED

Kilmarnock Lock 

CLOSED

Edmunds Lock

CLOSED

Old Slys Locks 

CLOSED

Smiths Falls Combined Lock 

CLOSED

Smiths Falls Detached Lock 

CLOSED

Poonamalie Lock 

CLOSED

Lower Beveridges

CLOSED

Upper Beveridges Lock 

CLOSED

Colonel By Island 

CLOSED

Narrows Lock 

OPEN

Newboro Lock 

OPEN

Chaffeys Lock 

CLOSED

Davis Lock 

CLOSED

Jones Falls Locks

CLOSED

Brass Point Bridge

CLOSED

Upper Brewers Lock

CLOSED

Lower Brewers Lock

CLOSED

Kingston Mills Lock

CLOSED