What floats your boat? Bring your own or rent. Non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats or sailboards are perfect for Kelso’s 25-hectacre reservoir or Mountsberg’s 202-hectacre lake. 

Where can I boat?


boating at Kelso
Paddle time on Kelso Lake is safe, quiet and peaceful. Home to many varieties of fish, Kelso Lake offers great spots to sink your bait.
Canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards are available for rent. Approved PFDs, paddles and a safety kit are supplied with each rental.
Season:  Starting 6pm Victoria Day Weekend, we are open on weekends and holidays from 10am until dusk.
Rentals: Closed for the season
Please note: Non-motorized boats only are allowed on Kelso Lake.
Kelso Boat Rentals
Time Single Kayaks Double Kayaks Canoes Pedal Boats Stand Up Paddle Boards
1 hour N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 hour N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Additional 1/2 hour N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Equipment supplied for 1 person 2 people Max 3 adults or
2 adults & 2
children under 60 lbs (seats 3)
Max 2 adults & 2 children under 60 lbs 1 person
(you must be at least 5 ft. tall to ride a SUP)

Please note: Boats are rented on a first come, first serve basis.

Rental Hours
Summer Hours (start of school holidays to Labour Day weekend)
Monday to Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday to Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Spring & Fall Hours
Weekends & Holidays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Please note: Rental hours are subject to change based on weather conditions and will be adjusted according to sunset, rental hours may be different than park hours.

Group Bookings

E-mail our Boat Rental Co-ordinator at for more information, or book online here.

Rental Conditions
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and sign a rental agreement or have a parent/guardian sign an acknowledgement for use of equipment
  • No swimming is permitted from boats
  • $250/rental deposit fee is required at time of pick-up
  • We accept MasterCard, VISA, AMEX or CASH for the deposit. Debit cards are not accepted


boating at Mountsberg
The Mountsberg reservoir is an ideal location for individuals looking for a relaxing day of paddling or fishing. Non-motorized boats only please (with the exception of electric trolling motors).
Visitors can access the Mountsberg reservoir from two locations – Mountsberg Conservation Area and the Mountsberg Dam.
The Mountsberg Dam features a boat launch area for larger watercraft as well as canoes and kayaks. Small watercraft, such as canoes and kayaks can be launched from the shore at Mountsberg Conservation Area, but must be carried a short distance from the parking lot.

Rentals: Not available
Season: early May until mid-November
Please note: no live bait permitted, non-motorized boats only (with exception of electric trolling motors), reservoir is divided by a live CN rail line so please be advised that access to the rail line is strictly prohibited

Boating Etiquette & Safety

When boating, it’s important not to disturb wildlife or remove natural materials. Make sure to also observe Ontario’s new boating regulations and to wear approved floatation devices.


Transport Canada Boating Regulations