Explore Peterborough Kawarthas On A Self-Guided Sea Doo Tour…
The Peterborough Kawarthas region of Ontario is part of the famous Trent-Severn Waterway. The region offers superb, self-guided jet ski, waverunner and Sea Doo riding close to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In this popular slice of cottage country, you can pursue your Ontario powersports passion on the water by trailering your own personal watercraft for a day ride or weekend getaway and by renting a Sea Doo watercraft from Kawartha Adventure Rentals. In fact, both Peterborough and the Kawarthas make my top 10 list of Ontario Sea Doo tours.
You can stay overnight at a PWC-friendly, waterfront location like the family run Beachwood Resort (with its own launch and docks) for the full Kawartha Lakes experience. Or for a Sea Doo tour on the Otonabee River (one of my best river rides) and Rice Lake, you can dock at the Peterborough Marina and tuck into the nearby downtown Peterborough Holiday Inn, both located on Little Lake. Either way, you’ll find outstanding Sea Doo riding day-options, ranging from exploring many kilometres of interconnected Kawartha Lakes to scenic river-cruising to locking through the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway on your Sea Doo ride.
Located just northeast of the GTA and easily accessible by the four-lane Highway 115 running north from the 401, the Peterborough & the Kawarthas region includes lakes like Katchewanooka, Clear, Stoney, Lovesick, Buckhorn, Chemong and Pigeon, plus 30 km of the Otonabee River south from Peterborough to Rice Lake and 25 km north from Peterborough to Katchewanooka Lake. That’s a huge whack of Trent-Severn Waterway, ripe for Sea Doo riders and jet ski adventures!
Peterborough Kawarthas is anchored by the waterfront city of Peterborough (pop. 135,000), where the iconic Centennial Fountain (the highest jet fountain in Canada) greets arriving Sea Doo riders from the centre of Little Lake. Nearby Del Crary Park is the site of the famous Peterborough MusicFest. And while in Peterborough, don’t miss the view from the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world! It’s located one lock north of Little Lake and is one of my must-see bypass systems.
Peterborough Kawarthas – Kawartha Lakes
For our Peterborough Kawarthas Sea Doo ride, we overnighted at Beachwood Resort for two nights, enjoying scrumptious meals at its on-site Frederick’s Restaurant to energize our adventures. One day we rode east through the Lovesick, Burleigh Falls & Young’s Point Locks to Katchewanooka Lake and back (see locking through advice). Along the way, we side tripped into Stoney Lake, but stuck to the main channels so as not to run into any of the objects that give the water body its name. The next day, we made the westbound return Sea Doo ride through the Buckhorn Lock to Pigeon Lake and Big Bald Lake. After cruising into Bobcaygeon (northwest end of Pigeon Lake) for lunch and fuel, we rode a side trip down the length of Chemong Lake on our way back to Beachwood.
Peterborough Kawarthas – Otonabee River & Rice Lake
With only a day left in our three-day Sea Doo ride, we didn’t have enough time to cruise from Beachwood all the way to Peterborough and back, so we checked out and trailered to the city in a mere 30 minutes. There, we launched from the Mark Street boat ramp (located beside Rogers Cove Park) to ride south on the Otonabee River through the Scotts Mills lock to Rice Lake and back (see ride article). This Sea Doo ride features both excellent river running and extensive lake exploration, but be careful not to get too close to shore and avoid back bays, which can both be pretty weedy. As mentioned, we overnighted on our return at the nearby and waterside Holiday Inn.
“Kawartha” means “bright waters and happy lands”…exactly what every Sea Doo rider needs for memorable jest ski fun. To really do the Peterborough Kawarthas region justice by personal watercraft or boat, you’d need four to five days, but that’s okay by me because it just means I’ll have to go back again for more real soon.
Peterborough Kawarthas Day One Services
- Lunch – Viamede Resort, Stoney Lake
- Fuel – Kawartha Park Marina, Clear Lake
- Lodging – Beachwood Resort, Upper Buckhorn Lake
- Launch, Docking & Parking – on site
Peterborough Kawarthas Day Two Services
- Refuel (After Day One) – Reach Harbour, Lower Buckhorn Lake
- Lunch – The Patio Bar, Bobcaygeon
- Fuel – Gordon’s Marina, Bobcaygeon
- Lodging – Beachwood Resort, Lower Buckhorn Lake
- Launch, Docking & Parking – on site
Peterborough Kawarthas Day Three Services
- Refuel (After Day Two) – roadside gas station (PWC’s on trailer)
- Lunch & Fuel – Twin Cedars Cottages, Rice Lake
- Lodging & Parking – Holiday Inn, Peterborough
- Launch – Mark Street Public Launch, Little Lake
- Docking & Fuel – Peterborough Marina
The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.
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