Guide to Black Rapids Lock – Rideau Canal

Lock Station Dates & Hours: the system usually opens around the Victoria Day weekend at the end of May and closes around the Canadian Thanksgiving in early October. The last day of operation for 2021 is 11th October. Lock hours vary with season and can be viewed on the official Rideau Canal site.

General Information

Lock Number(s)/Flights: #13

Lock Lift metres (feet): 2.9 (9.5)

Co-ordinates (Google maps): 45.32136, -75.69842

Civic Address: 2453 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Lock Station Phone: 613-226-5434

Portage: Yes

Boat launch: No

Kayak/Canoe Launch: Yes

Previous Lock(Distance): Hogs Back Locks (6.6)

Next Lock (Distance): Long Island Locks (8.3)


Parking: Yes (free)

Camping: Yes ($), if arriving by water and also for cyclists and hikers.

BBQ/Picnic Tables: Picnic tables & but no BBQs

Washrooms: Yes

Power Supply: Nothing dedicated but you can charge electronics in the washrooms (not secure)

Garbage/Recycling: Yes

Potable (Drinking) Water: Yes, but do check with the lockmaster.

Public Telephone: No


Local Supplies:

Hiking Trails: No

Cell Phone Reception