Boating

What floats your boat? Bring your own or rent. Non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats or sailboards are perfect for Kelso’s 25-hectacre reservoir or Mountsberg’s 202-hectacre lake. 

Where can I boat?

Kelso

Kelso Boating 

With no motorized boats at Kelso Lake, it makes paddle time on the lake safe, quiet and peaceful. Home to many varieties of fish, Kelso Lake offers great spots to see if they are biting.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards are available for rent. Approved PFDs, paddles and a safety kit are supplied with each rental.

Season: Due to the weather, opening day is postponed until Victoria Day Weekend. Starting Victoria Day Weekend, we will be open on weekends and holidays from 11am until dusk.
Rentals: Available (mid May to early October)

Please note: Non-motorized boats only are allowed on Kelso Lake.

Service Update: With the relocation of the swimming area at Kelso to the Boat Launch area, boats from trailers can not be unloaded in this area for the summer. Please note boating and a boat launch is available at Mountsberg Conservation Area. Visitors with smaller boats like kayaks and canoes can still carry them down to the Boat Launch Area at Kelso. (Updated July 6, 2016)

Kelso Boat Rentals
Time Single Kayaks Double Kayaks Canoes Paddle Boats Stand Up Paddle Boards
1 hour $16 $19 $19 $23 $20
2 hour $28 $33 $33 $40 $35
Additional 1/2 hour $9 $11 $11 $13 $11
Equipment supplied for 1 person 2 people Max 3 adults or
2 adults & 2
children under 60 lbs (seats 3)
Max 2 adults & 2 children under 60 lbs 1 person
(you must be at least 5 ft. tall to ride a SUP)

Please note: Boats are rented on a first come, first serve basis.

Rental Hours
Summer Hours (start of school holidays to Labour Day weekend)
Monday to Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday to Sunday 11:00 am – approx 8:30 pm
Spring Hours (mid May to start of school holidays)
Weekends & Holidays 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fall Hours (Labour Day to Thanksgiving weekend)
Weekends & Holidays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Please note: Last rental goes out 1 hour prior to close, rental hours are subject to change based on weather conditions and will be adjusted according to sunset, rental hours may be different than park hours.

Group Bookings

E-mail our Boat Rental Co-ordinator at rentals@hrca.on.ca for more information

Rental Conditions
  • Last rental of the day available 1 hour prior to close
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and sign a rental agreement or have a parent/guardian sign an acknowledgement for use of equipment
  • No swimming is permitted from boats
  • $250/rental deposit fee is required at time of pick-up
  • We accept MasterCard, VISA, AMEX or CASH for the deposit. Debit cards are not accepted

Mountsberg

Mountsberg Boating

The Mountsberg reservoir is an ideal location for individuals looking for a relaxing day of paddling or fishing. Non-motorized boats only please (with the exception of electric trolling motors).

Visitors can access the Mountsberg reservoir from two locations – Mountsberg Conservation Area and the Mountsberg Dam.

The Mountsberg Dam features a boat launch area for larger watercraft as well as canoes and kayaks. Small watercraft, such as canoes and kayaks can be launched from the shore at Mountsberg Conservation Area, but must be carried a short distance from the parking lot.

Rentals: Not available
Season: early May until mid-November
Please note: no live bait permitted, non-motorized boats only (with exception of electric trolling motors), reservoir is divided by a live CN rail line so please be advised that access to the rail line is strictly prohibited

Boating Etiquette & Safety

When boating, it’s important not to disturb wildlife or remove natural materials. Make sure to also observe Ontario’s new boating regulations and to wear approved floatation devices.

Links

Transport Canada Boating Regulations