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Canoeing & Kayaking

Lazy Canoe Ride in Kawartha Lakes. Fred Thornhill

While canoes are welcome anywhere along our lakes and rivers, the north end of Kawartha Lakes connects to some especially scenic routes. The Burnt River System has two sections, both of which connect Kawartha Lakes with beautiful Haliburton County to the north.

The Drag River Route begins in the village of Haliburton, passing through Gelert on its way to Kinmount. It then follows the Burnt River to Cameron Lake and Fenelon Falls, connecting with the Trent-Severn Waterway. The route is 80 km long with 14 portages and takes about two and a half days to paddle.Kayaking in Kawartha Lakes

The Irondale Route starts in Gooderham and joins the Drag River route at Howland Junction, continuing along the Burnt River to Fenelon Falls. It covers 74 km, has 24 portages, and takes about two and a half days to paddle

The Gull River System's Main Route runs from Kawagama Lake in Haliburton to Coboconk; it's 110 km long with 28 portages.

There's a growing interest in kayaking on our waterways. Paddle Creek Adventures near Lindsay offers day or weekend kayaking courses to hone your skills, as well as day trips on both flat and white water.

Looking for the perfect spot to launch your canoe or kayak, visit any one of our Conservation areas.

The canoe route maps are now available. For your copy, please contact: tourism@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca and please provide your complete mailing address.

Canoe in water