Guide to Detached Lock, Smith Falls – 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: #31

Lock Lift metres (feet): 2.6 (8.5)

Co-ordinates (Google maps): 44.89582, -76.02724

Civic Address: 62 Lombard Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario

Lock Station Phone: 613-283-0496

Portage: Not recommended. The portage involves crossing a busy road and there have been accidents. As a result, traveling through all the Smith’s Falls locks are free.

Boat launch: Yes

Kayak/Canoe Launch: Yes

Previous Lock(Distance): Smiths Falls Combined (0.6)

Next Lock (Distance): Poonamalie (3.7)


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: No

Public Telephone: No


Local Supplies

Hiking Trails: From here you can follow a canal-side trail to Old Slys Lock.

Cell Phone Reception