cruiser boat travelling through the trent severn waterway lock system

Buckeye's 5 summer boating destinations in the Kawarthas

If your looking for ideas for places to visit as you're out and about this summer in the Kawartha lakes regions, then look no further. We have gathered together a list of 5 of our favourite boating destinations to help with your lake-bound adventures.

1. Buckhorn Lock 31

A quaint village located along the Trent-Severn Waterway, Buckhorn offers a peaceful retreat with several art galleries, restaurants, and nature trails.

Landmarks: Access to the picturesque Buckhorn Lake for additional boating and fishing.

Attractions: If you've ever been to Buckhorn for food, you know very well that they might just have the BEST pizza along the Trent Severn. Be sure to check out Pizza Alloro if your mooring at Lock 31 and order the Great Canadian Pizza.

2. Pigeon Lake Sandbar

The Pigeon Lake Sandbar is a popular boating destination known for its shallow, sandy waters and lively social atmosphere. Located on the eastern side of Pigeon Lake, it's a perfect spot for anchoring, swimming, and enjoying a day in the sun.

Landmarks: A vast, sandy area ideal for anchoring boats and socializing with other boaters.Crystal clear, shallow waters perfect for wading and swimming.

Attractions: Ideal for paddle-boarding, floating, and other water sports. Great spot for picnicking and relaxing on the boat.

There are two sandbars where you can moor and enjoy the shallow waters. The first sandbar is located about a third of the way down the lake near Long Point Bay, while the second is roughly halfway down the lake, just north of Grenadier Island.

3. Big Bald Lake Jumping Rocks

A lesser known landmark within the Kawartha lakes located east of Pigeon Lake and will take dipping into Big Bald lake which is accessible from Little Bald lake via Pigeon lake. I used to occasionally visit these jumping rocks as a kid while fishing on Big Bald. These natural rock formations offer the perfect spot for a thrilling leap into the clear, refreshing waters of the lake.

4. Peterborough Lift Lock

An engineering marvel, the Peterborough Lift Lock is one of the highest hydraulic lift locks in the world. It's a must-see for any boater traveling through the Trent-Severn Waterway.


  • Unique boating experience through the lift lock.
  • Visitor center with educational exhibits.
  • Scenic views from the top of the lock.

Every year the lift lock in Peterborough organizes the free community 'Lock & Paddle' event which invites all paddlers in kayaks and canoes to ride the lift lock 65 feet in the air and proceed through the lock system. The next Lock & Paddle event (2024) happens on the 20th of July. Click to read more

5. Lock 27 Tap & Grill (Young's Point)

Lock 27 Tap & Grill is a popular lakeside restaurant located in Young's Point, right by Lock 27 on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Known for its inviting atmosphere, delicious food, and lakeside patio. it’s a must-visit spot for boaters and visitors exploring the region.

Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch, a romantic dinner, or a place to unwind with friends, Lock 27 Tap & Grill offers a versatile and enjoyable dining experience.

We hope this list has given you some inspiration to get out to explore some new destinations and experience more of what the Kawartha lakes has to offer.

Don't forget, Buckeye Marine is full of boat lovers and summer enjoyers just like yourself. Drop in and have a chat sometime soon and we will be happy to share more of our favourite boating destinations; If you ask! We are happy to hear about all your favourite boating destinations as well.

Your Buckeye Marine Crew