Guide to Davis 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: #37

Lock Lift metres (feet): 2.7 (9.0)

Co-ordinates (Google Maps): 44.578998, -76.319888

Civic Address: 1822 Davis Lock Road, Rideau Lakes, Ontario

Lock Station Phone: 613-359-5620

Portage: Yes,

Boat launch: No

Kayak/Canoe Launch: Yes

Previous Lock(Distance): Chaffey’s Lock

Next Lock (Distance); Jones Falls


Parking: Yes (free)

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

BBQ/Picnic Tables: Picnic tables & BBQs

Washrooms: Yes, portable toilets

Power Supply: No

Garbage/Recycling: Yes

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

Public Telephone:


Local Supplies: No

Hiking Trails: No

Cell Phone Reception

Davis lock is a long drive in (about 9km) from Highway 15 (Elgin) along Davis Lock Road. The road is a little narrow and very windy. Take care as there’s a lot of wildlife including deer and wild turkeys. About 3 km before the lock is the James H Fullard Nature Reserve. A short walk of a couple of kilometres but interesting and free.

If you are touring the locks by car or bike and your next destination is Chaffey’s Lock there’s no need to head all the way back to Highway 15 just look out for Cross Road. This cuts through to Chaffeys Lock Rd.

Parking is limited at Davis Lock but fortunately rarely busy. Several places to picnic and watch the boats.

If you plan to camp here there are a couple of level sites near the parking lot with picnic tables and BBQs.