Paddle the Mississippi River and explore the shores of Mississippi Lake.
Getting on the water is easy in Carleton Place with several docks and public boat launches. Enjoy our watery playgrounds the river and the lake.
Public Boat Launch
A public boat launch is available at the west end of Lake Avenue.
2020 Fees are as follows:
- Single day: $8.00
- Season pass (resident of Carleton Place): $49.00
- Season pass (non-resident): $89.25
- Season passes can be purchased
A season pass for the Carleton Place municipal boat launch can now be purchased by filling out a form and submitting it with the required fee at the drop box at the OPP Station at 15 Coleman Street. The form must be completed in full in order to process the request. Upon receipt of a completed form and payment, a pass will then be mailed to the address supplied on the form.
Update May 26th - Boat Launch Season Pass - Credit Card/Curbside Pickup Option: A season pass for the Carleton Place municipal boat launch can now be purchased by calling in a credit card number in addition to the OPP drop box option. If you would prefer to pay by credit card, please call 613-257-1690. For your convenience, the Recreation and Culture Staff have offered to provide curbside pickup of boat launch season passes. Staff will now process the transaction, ensure the application has been submitted in full and arrange a time with you for the curbside pickup of your pass. Please note, if you have already submitted your application and payment via the OPP drop box, staff will contact you to arrange a curbside pickup time after reviewing your application.
Single day passes can be purchased at the boat launch.
The Town has docking at Riverside Park, near the Lake Avenue West boat launch. There is also a municipal dock located off the public parking area across from the Town Hall on Bridge Street. There is also a small dock at Centennial Park for recreational canoe/kayak usage.
The Launch Site: Centennial Park at the river.
The Paddle: Follow up river to lake and around shorelines. Downriver to bridge and public dock for downtown shopping and food.
Watch For: Carleton Place Canoe Club across from park. Oldest racing canoe club in Canada. Wildlife in bays and wetland shores. Two creeks to explore on north side of lake. Bass spawning beds on south shore. Lake is choppy when windy.
Canoe & Kayak
Lanark County has produced a map with that highlights great canoe and kayak opportunities within the County.