Rosedale oTENTik

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Located just east of the town of Rosedale, between Cameron Lake and Balsam Lake, Rosedale Lock offers a very quiet setting not far from Fenelon Falls or Coboconk by land or by water. Three oTENTik sites and one rustic cabin are located across from the locktation on Dewey’s Island Nature Reserve. Relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, watch the boats go by or take advantage of nearby parkland, picnic areas and opportunities for paddling.

Where is it

  • Address : 161 Trent Canal Rd, Kawartha Lakes, ON
  • GPS: 44 32' 12" N ~ 78 32' 44" W
  • Nearest highway: Hwy 35
  • Nautical chart: #2025
  • Paddling here: see Rosedale Figure 8

Reserve a site

There are (3) oTENTik sites available to reserve at Lock 35 - Rosedale. All of them are located across from the lockstation on Dewey's lsland. They are listed as (R001, R002, R003) in the Parks Canada reservation system.

Reserve online

Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783)

Reservation fees

Know before you go

Please note: There is no electricity, plumbing, running water or heat source inside the oTENTik.

What's included
  • Bunk-bed style beds on a raised floor with enough room to comfortably sleep 5-6 people*
  • Indoor table and bench/chairs
  • Interior lights
  • A solar-powered 12V light, phone charger and outlet
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Fire extinguisher; smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Ample storage space under beds for gear and belongings

*Please note: blankets and pillows are not provided.

  • Food storage unit
  • Food preparation station
  • Propane BBQ and propane
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • Deck chairs
  • Paddle dock nearby
What to bring
  • Bedding and pillow(s)
  • Flashlight, lantern or headlamp
  • Personal gear: clothing, accessories, toiletries and slippers or indoor shoes
  • Personal safety items: whistle, first aid kit, sunscreen and bug repellant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Food and drinks, reusable water bottles, etc.
  • Entertainment (i.e. binoculars, books, cards, sporting equipment, etc.)
  • Other (matches or lighter, rope, etc.)
Facilities at the lockstation
  • Washrooms, potable water and sinks for washing dishes are available at the lockstation
  • Bike lock area
  • Easily accessible water locations for canoes and kayaks
  • Firewood and ice for sale at lockstation

When you get here

Checking in
Staff hours:
  • Lock Staff are on site as per the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site Hours of Operation seasonal schedule.
Check-in time:
  • After 3:00 pm
  • Early check-ins may be available; please call the lock station
Check-out time:
  • Before 11:00 am
After hours registration:
  • If you plan on arriving outside of operational hours, please call the lockstations directly to obtain registration instructions, plus information on washroom access and purchasing wood for a campfire.
Maximum camping units per site:
  • No additional tents are allowed
Maximum persons per oTENTik:
  • Up to 6 people
Generator policy:
  • No generators provided
  • Use of any personal generator is limited to 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • None
Electrical service:
  • None
Accessing your site

All three oTENTik sites are located on Dewey's Island adjacent the lockstation. It is a short walk from the mooring area and parking lot. You will be required to cross the lock gates on a narrow overhead walkway. Visitors should be physically prepared to carry their gear and equipment to their site.

  • Boaters can safely moor their vessels at the lockstation overnight
  • An overnight mooring pass is required
  • Mooring permits may be purchased on-site or online in advance
  • There is a paddle dock located on Dewey's Island for accessing the oTENTik sites
  • Maximum vehicles per site: 2
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs) are prohibited
  • Parking spots are usually located adjacent the lockstation
  • A short walk is required to reach your oTENTik site
Walking or cycling:
  • The oTENTik sites are located in an area of the lockstation that can be challenging to reach on foot
  • Bicycles may not be able to cross some overhead walkways
  • Phone the lockstation in advance to inquire about specific site access limitations
Visitor guidelines

Rules that apply to the other camping sites along the Trent-Severn Waterway also apply to Parks Canada oTENTik sites. Before you visit, please review all Visitor Guidelines.

Quiet hours

10:00 pm to 7:00 am


Only guide dogs or support animals are allowed inside the oTENTik structures. Pets in the park must be leashed at all times.

For safety reasons, cooking is NOT allowed inside the oTENTik. Please use the outdoor propane bbqs or firepits provided.
The oTENTik must be cleaned prior to departure. Please use the broom and dustpan provided.
Garbage and recycling

If you accumulate any garbage or recycling during your stay, please use the bins located at the lockstation.

Storing food

Please store food, drinks, and scented products securely in the metal storage bins supplied on your oTENTik site so that wildlife does not seek access to your oTENTik. Please do not leave any garbage or recycling in the storage boxes upon departure.


Swimming, diving and bathing are strictly prohibited at all navigation channels along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Alcohol and cannabis

Possession and consumption of alcohol is enforced in accordance with the Ontario Liquor License Act. The act prohibits consuming or having an open container of liquor on docks, shelters and public areas. Liquor can be consumed at your rented oTENTik site ONLY.

Cannabis consumption is prohibited around cooking shelters and public areas, and is restricted to your campsite. Smoking is prohibited in the oTENTiks.


Firewood can not be brought into the park. Firewood must be purchased within the site and is available at the lockstation. Campfires allowed in designated fire pits only.

Protect your forests from the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive invasive insect which attacks and kills all species of ash. It has the capability to spread rapidly throughout trees and forests.

Things to do

There at two docks designated for paddling at this location. If you do not have your own vessel, there are two marinas located in nearby Fenelon Falls to rent canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats, paddle boats and fishing boats.


Great fishing can be had near the dam, or on both Balsam and Cameron Lakes.


There is a 3km walking trail on Dewey’s Island Nature Reserve where you can explore the remains of the old dam and log shoot from the 1800s.


Balsam and Cameron Lakes have sand bars that are very popular in the summer. For the little swimmers, the public beaches at Fenelon Falls or Balsam Lake Provincial Park offer more family-friendly facilities.

Trent-Severn Trail Towns

The Village of Rosedale is nearby and has two marinas, a small antique store, and a trading post. 10 minutes away by car are Coboconk and Fenelon Falls, each offering a variety of restaurants, grocery stores and other amenities.

Trent-Severn Trail Town Program

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