Amenities located along the Napanee River 

You can find all these amenities located along the Napanee River: 

  • Public dock;
  • A beautiful picnic area;
  • Newly redeveloped walking trail which leads up to the falls and fountain;
  • A pavilion;
  • Children's splash pad and playground;
  • Public washroom facilities;
  • One block away from beautiful downtown Napanee, there are many shopping and dining opportunities within walking distance for a fun filled afternoon!

For information on launching your watercraft, please see our Boats Launches and Docking page. 

Please Watch Your Wake!
What is a Wake? 

A wake is simply the waves in the water that are created by a moving watercraft. Unlike natural waves, watercraft wakes travel at the same speed as the watercraft which created them; often making wake frequencies high. The combination of a wake’s high speed, height and wave frequency can cause serious damage or injury to other motorized vessels, swimmers, canoes and kayaks, docking and shorelines.

Effects Wakes Have on the Environment 
Wakes not only erode the shoreline, but they can also disturb aquatic ecosystems and damage the nests of waterfowls.
Wakes can cause environmental damage immediately or over an extended period, depending on the circumstances. When erosion occurs, the roots of vegetation along the shoreline are exposed and the banks collapse. In addition to the erosion, the impact of the wakes can stir up sediments which will damage the aquatic environment for plants and animals. 
Effects Wakes Have on Docks, Swimmers and Other Watercrafts 

Keep in mind that wakes travel at the same speed as the boat which created them. That means, at times, wakes can be very dangerous and can damage your watercraft due to the speed and impact. This damage happens when the wake slams into a watercraft at a rapid succession.

Congested areas on the water are the most hazardous areas for wake damage. When wakes are created by multiple boats in the same area, the impact is even greater.

Boaters should also be cautious around areas with rock walls. Rock walls can act like mirrors for wakes, creating multiple high-frequency surges and cross-chops that are just as strong. Wakes can even damage boats when they are secured to docks. A large wake taken broadside causes a boat to rock severely, no matter how tightly it is attached to the dock. A large enough wake can pull hardware out of the boat, the dock, or both.

Remember that not all swimming areas are marked, especially on a river. When operating a watercraft near shore, always keep a lookout for swimmers or pets in the water. Wakes can endanger swimmers, especially children. If a strong enough wake comes into shore, it can pull swimmers underwater or knock them off their feet, leading to injury or even drowning.

Wakes can rock, swamp or capsize other boats, especially light-weight, smaller vessels such as canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. Passengers of these watercrafts can be thrown off balance or tipped overboard when another boat passes by too fast or too close and causes a wake.


How You Can Help Decrease Wakes 

The best way to reduce wakes near shorelines is to slow down when operating a watercraft. In Ontario, the Canada Shipping Act regulations limit the maximum speeds of vessels within 30 metres of shore to 10 km/h. Violations of the regulations are subject to fines. Please continue to respect signage posted in and along the water to protect the natural environment.

When passing another boat or shore structure, stay as far away as possible. Remember when operating near shore, keep your eyes open for swimmers and pets. When you slow down, steer quartering into the wake. Position your passengers throughout the boat, not only at the stern, to reduce the time spent while in transition speed. You are held responsible for any damage or injury caused by a wake that your boat creates.

Learn about the Napanee River Tide

The Napanee River, located just one block south of the downtown core, is known for not only its beauty, but for the fact that it has its own tide. The river will rise and lower regularly between six to sixteen inches!

Winds across Lake Ontario push the lake water to the north shore. When the wind eases, the water surges back to where it came from. The surge repeats itself, creating what is called a "seiche" effect. The seiche effect can go on for a few days. Many factors working together create what appears to be a regular tide in the Napanee River.

This effect only occurs in one other river in the world, which makes the Napanee River unique and a great place to visit!

Whether you are planning a nice relaxing day by the water, or on the water, downtown Greater Napanee is the perfect location!

Take a walk down the boardwalk from Spring Side Park to Conservation Park:

Only one block away from beautiful downtown Napanee, there are many shopping  and dining opportunities within walking distance for a fun filled afternoon!

Check out the Napanee River from on the water:

Interested in fishing in Greater Napanee? Visit our Fishing page.

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