Paddling Route: Glen Ross to Glen Miller Conservation Area

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Southern region 1-day route

Paddle a good portion of the Trent River on this single day trip. Start at lock 7 Glen Ross and make your way down to lock 3 Glen Miller where you end at the Glen Miller Conservation Area.


  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Total distance: 17 km (10.5 miles); one way
  • Time to paddle: 1 day; 4 to 5.5 hours
  • Number of locks encountered: 5
  • Environment: Gentle winding river; scenic and relaxing with little powerboat traffic
For shorter versions of this route, see alternate put-in locations in list below

Facilities and services available along this route:

  • Lockage (required)
  • symbol for accessible washrooms Accessible washrooms
  • symbol for potable water Potable water
  • symbol for information kiosk Information
  • symbol for picnic area Picnic area
  • symbol for camping Camping


Some lockstation facilities and services have changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and could affect your visit. Please visit our COVID-19 information page for more details when planning your trip.

Plan your trip

This is a one-way route that requires a personal shuttle to or from the put-in and take-out locations. Plan accordingly.

Put-in locations
Other locations to put-in nearby:
Take-out locations

Paddling directions

  1. From the boat launch, follow the right shore to Lock 7 - Glen Ross
  2. Paddle south down Trent River passing through the locks until you reach Glen Miller Conservation Area, located on your left below Lock 3 Glen Miller


Lockage is required for some locks along this route. Portaging may not be possible.

Lockage is the process of raising or lowering boats and paddlecraft into connecting sections of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Lockage takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. During seasonal Hours of Operation, paddlers can lock through any Parks Canada lock with the purchase of a valid lockage permit. Permits may be purchased upon arrival, or in advance online or by phone.

Locks along this route

The status of facilities and services at lockstations listed below are subject to change throughout the navigation season. Please visit our 2021 Facilities and Services page for up-to-date status by lockstation.

Wind conditions

  • The water flows from Glenn Ross to Glen Miller
  • Preferable wind conditions are from the north (tail wind)
  • Avoid winds from the south (head wind) or high east/west winds (cross winds)


  • Watch for powerboats and their wake

Avoid dams

Watch for dams located at the following locations on west shore (right side) when paddling downstream and be sure to navigate away from them:

Tourism information

Nearby communities and services
  • Glen Ross
    • Convenience store near Lock 7
  • Frankford
    • Dining within walking distance of lockstation
Points of interest

Regional tourism

The following regional tourism experts can help guide you towards great local experiences and businesses in the areas along this route. Visit their websites when planning your trip.

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