The Rideau Canal is due to open to navigation on May 20, 2022. Seasonal permits, including canoes and kayaks, are now available with significant discounts if purchased before March 31, 2022.
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Access to Lower Nicholson Lock is East of Merrickville, take Highway 43 and then turn on to Burrits Rapids Road. The turn is signposted and is a gravel track that looks a little like farm access. It is a very short drive to a good size gravel parking area and at the end take the access track down to the locks.
This is an excellent place to start a day paddle into the centre of Merrickville.
Lock Number(s)/Flights: #18
Lock Lift metres (feet): 2.0 (6.5)
Co-ordinates (Google maps): 44.95472, -75.81595
Civic Address: 41 Nicholson Lane, Merrickville-Wolford, Ontario
Lock Station Phone: 613-269-4960
Portage: Yes, an easy portage.
Boat launch: No.
Kayak/Canoe Launch: Yes
Previous Lock(Distance): Burrits Rapids Lock
Next Lock (Distance): Upper Nicholson Lock
Parking: Yes (free)
Camping: Yes ($), if arriving by water and also for cyclists and hikers.
BBQ/Picnic Tables: Picnic tables & BBQs
Power Supply: Nothing dedicated but you can charge electronics in the washrooms (not secure)
Potable (Drinking) Water: Yes, but do check with the lockmaster.
Public Telephone: No.
Hiking Trails: No
Cell Phone Reception:
The camping options here are flat and quiet. The washrooms a very clean and well maintained. Recommended as a spot to start a journey or take a break.