Details for Merrickville -'The Pond'

Merrickville -'The Pond'

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 21 reviews

Address Main St
Merrickville, ON


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: The 'Pond' is on the back side on the southern lock grounds. It is also the back side of the dam. The facility is run by Parks Canada and treated as an adjunct to canal lock walls.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager


Lockmaster: Bill Glover


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

No knowledge about checks.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Normal Rideau Canal dates.


From the south - prior to entering the lock approach take to marked channel to the west (port). Follow marks around into pond.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: See charts for better depth information.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: There is one floating finger pier with room for one 50' and one 30-35 ' boat on each side. The walls immediately in front of the pier can handle ~32'. The dam face has room for up to five 40' depending on spacing.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 12
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Standard Rideau Canal Dockage per ft pricing.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 30 amp plugs on the finger pier and most wall faces. There are not enough plugs for multiple connections if all spaces are in use.

Pricing info: $10 per plug.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

No - Normally a 48 hour limit. Could be extended somewhat depending on activity and time of season.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Both cubes and blocks are available at the nearby gas station.




Yes - Showers available at RV park, $4.00.




No - No laundry in town.


Yes - Grocery, LBCO, and Beer Store (LCBO) within walking distance.







Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi availiable at the local Library (south on Main to end of road) and in Baldachin Inn (maybe).

Boat ramp availability


Other services

Merrickville is a nice small town with good facilities - shopping, resturants, etc.


Historic blockhouse with artifacts of the history of the town.

Reviews for Merrickville -'The Pond'
got the last spot on the pond wall, 2017-07-22
Captain: , Marthasville (643)

Thought we we're staying at Burritt Rapids but the lock walls were full including blue line.
Temps were in the low 90's and it was a bit still on the downstream blue line.
Came here and also full except for downstream blue line and farthest corner on concrete wall across the street from the hydro station, where there was a steady breeze across the water.
No power but worked fine for us w genset until we got the batteries charged and then switched to the inverter.
Walked out for cocktails and ice cream on Friday night and enjoyed cool green parkland in a quaint little village setting.

Great town to see, 2016-08-24
Captain: , Catawba Island Ohio (530)

Floating dock had about 4 spots for 30-40' boats, with some more spots on a wall. Very neat town with many stone buildings and an interesting blockhouse museum. Many shops and restaurants in town. Town really emptied out after supper. Quiet night.

The Pond at Merrickville, 2016-08-17
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Nice place to spend time. Limited number of places for power. Nice town to walk around in. Library at end of the street has good free wifi that can be used even when the library is closed.

Great town, 2016-07-21
Captain: , Rochester, New York (223)

May 2016- facilites were very nice and close to town. Nice shops in town including a glass blower who provides demos in his shop. Several pubs and restaurants. Docking facilities were good and parks folks came to help us in. Bathrooms are a bit of a walk from the ponds docks, but were clean and nice. The lock staff were helpful and provided good advise on where to go etc.

Stayed on lock wall, 2016-07-04
Captain: , Bedford, NH (775)

It was around noon, June 29th and We were headed south and wanted to just spend an hour or so to check out the town. After locking us through, the lockmaster allowed us to tie up to the far end of the blue line for our stay because it wasn't too busy. Nice little town, great fudge and ice cream!

We stayed on the approach wall..., 2015-08-11
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1541)

By the time we got to The Pond in the early afternoon all the spaces were taken - so, hint - get there early! The lockmaster was very nice and allowed us to say on the down side wall (north side) until 5 pm, then locked us up and let us stay on the blue line on the upper wall (south side). Very quiet night on the blue line, sort of glad we weren't in the pond as the folks that were very loud. Anyway - great little town with a bank, cute shops and several restaurants. Nice stop. We were off the line by 8 am the next morning so that arrivals would have somewhere to tie up.

GREAT TOWN, 2015-07-13
Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1643)

We got there during the car show. It was fun, but very busy. There's something going on herer almost every weekend. There's 30A power and water at the docks. Lots of restaurants, gift shops, etc. Also a good roundhouse museum. If you're looking for quiet, this is not the place.

Depends upon how much room there is, 2015-07-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

When we arrived, there was only space on the concrete wall next to a powerplant dam opening right next to the road. It was noisy and not all that pleasant, and no electric or water, of course. What we should have done was traverse the lock northbound and stayed on the very quiet and beautiful grey line dock near the lcokmaster's house.

The town is quite nice to visit.

Good Tie Up and Visit, 2015-06-27
Captain: , Fort Monroe, VA (949)

Stayed on the concrete dam wall in the pond (45' boat). Wall now has 30A power on the section close to the bridge but no water. Showers and public facilities were not open except at the Locktender's house. Easy access to wonderful downtown with several hertiage buildings. Small grocery and great ice cream shop. Coffee shop with free WIFI opens at 5:30 AM but closes at 5:00 PM. Contacted Alyings Marina for a diesel mechanic, but not on staff. Nearest diesel mechanic at Hurst Marina, which will make a 'boat' visit. Good overnight stop, would get higher rating if water and pumpout were available.

Great little tourist town, 2014-06-21
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Good tie ups at the Pond, you can also use the blue line above or below the locks after closing. Many restaurants & shops, but the shops all close by 5PM. Open wifi at the corner hotel, other restaurants will give you the password to their wifi. Grocery is limited, Merrickville is not the best choice to reprovision on the Rideau, but it is a good stop crusing in either direction.

Best Town on the Canal, 2013-10-17
Captain: , Port Huron (423)

The town is very historic and well kept. Dock in the Pond. We would recommend the floating docks because the wall is right next to the road. There's a nice glass blowing shop with demonstrations towards the south side of town. Check out Aylings Boatyard on the north side of the bridge for any marine supplies you may need or browse the antique boats docked there. The Gad's Hill Place was an interesting restaurant with a Charles Dickens theme. We only spent one night here but two would be better.

Nice town to visit, 2013-08-27
Captain: , Knapps Narrows Md (450)

we spent 2 nights on the docks in the Pond. There are no docks above the lock except on the pond. They have installed 30 amp electrical outlets and the docks and wall can accomodate at least 7-9 boats. There is a grocery store, LCBO, drugstore and several restaurants as well as shops. Lockmaster is very helpful and tries to fit as many boats as he can. Good areas to walk the dog. The only issue is water. Theire is no water supply near the docks.

Beautiful overnight stay!, 2013-08-13
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

The Pond was above the locks at Merricville. Very nice area to stay. Electric was $9.80 a night. Town was very close to walk to. Hotel had great food.

Fun Little Town, 2013-07-24
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

Get the lockmaster ahead of Merrickville know you'd like to get into the pond. Likely he'll call ahead to see if there is room, and alert the Merrickville locks. Good protection around the corner from the canal, steps from the town, with power. We ran hoses (community effort) across the canal to fill our tanks. Worth a stop.

Great Little Town, 2013-07-19
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2391)

We stayed on the wall - next to the road. The only reason for a four star instead of five was the traffic noise. It was a little tricky getting on to the wall with the current going through the dam sluce, but not undoable. The town was great = the lock museum is a must see - very interesting stuff. We stayed two nights - the second night was our turn to get power!

Interesting stop, 2012-08-13
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

We were on the dam wall. There are two 30 amp outlets on this wall but room for about four 36 ft boats so not all boats get power. In addition to the dam wall is the floating dock with power. A bit of a hike to the restrooms, however they have been newly remodeled and were sparkling.

Some interesting tourist shops, as well as a fine foods store, a yarn shop, and one of the best stocked coverlet stores I have seen.

Wonderful place to stay, 2012-07-19
Captain: , Lake Champlain, VT (271)

Comfortable access, close town, museum nearby. Straight up the main street to the hot dog and french fry stand. Don't forget ice cream at the cute homemade parlour.

Wonderful place to be, 2012-07-05
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4188)

with 30amp power and floating docks, a few steps and you are in town. Merickville Market right up the street, lots of restaurants and shops. The lockmasters are great at managing the docks properly.
Docks do NOT have cleats or bollards. Instead they have slotted metal that has a hole in the top with sharp edges on the lines. OK for light wind days but if you are here in strong wind, bring your own shackes to attach to the dock and tie the line to your shackle.
Great little town. Classic personality.

The Pond Merrickville, 2011-07-13
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (300)

Great location for shops, restaurants, antiques. Go to Goose and Griddle for great chowder. Best fudge we found so far with a large selection of flavors. Had power @ $9.80 nights. Stayed here twice.
Once on the way to Ottawa and then on the way back. Love it!

Beautiful Town --- Great Stp[, 2010-07-02
Captain: , Collierville TN (977)

30A power available. Bit of a kick to washrooms, no shower. Great little town with history. If you can find the owner, get him to tell you the history of the Metal Art Shop right across the street.

Merrickville - "The Pond", 2009-08-20
Captain: , Austin, Tx (1257)

Merrickville is a very attractive stop. Most desired facilities are here and it can be a good stop for more than a day. The "Pond" and the dam walls are the only power (that I found) but there is no water. The spots filled rather quickly from about 11-12 on. It will be a 4.5 for us because we got a good spot and don't need water. We will have spent 3 days here

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