Locking through the Swift Rapids Lock (Lock #43) on the Trent Severn is an experience you won’t forget.
When heading towards Georgian Bay, slowly ride your PWC into the lock at the top. Once the doors close behind you the water will slowly drop down 47 feet to the lower river. Swift Rapids is the deepest single chambered lock on the Trent Severn. Listen for the boom sounds as the pressure against the doors is relieved while the water is being drained. As you go down, you’ll see all the algae and mussels living on the walls and doors of the lock. Once the water in the lock is level with the lower river the doors will open and you slowly ride your PWC out. Take some time to watch the water flowing over the dam to your left once you’ve exited the lock and before making your way towards Big Chute.
On the return ride, enter the lock on the lower level. The big iron doors slowly close behind you and latch with a definite sound, like you’ve just been locked into the lair of James Bond’s nemesis. As the water fills the chamber you slowly rise to the upper level of the river, 47 feet up into the sunshine to continue your PWC ride to Sparrow Lake along the Severn River.
If you’ve packed a lunch, this is the perfect place dock your PWC and enjoy it as there are picnic tables on the property for visitors. Due to the remoteness of Swift Rapids Lock, it’s water access only, this is a pack-in pack-out location. There are public washrooms available at this location as well as overnight camping. Swift Rapids is an ideal place to dock your PWC and spend some time exploring on your travels along the Trent Severn Waterway.
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