Where to Enjoy Urban Fishing Along the Rideau River

Downtown Ottawa

 

Dow's Lake


Directions: Located where Prince of Wales Drive meets the Queen Elizabeth Driveway. From the Queensway (Highway #417), exit at Bronson Avenue south to Carling Avenue, turn right (west) on Carling and then left on Preston. Pay for use parking is available across from the Dow’s Lake pavilion or you can find free parking along the residential streets.

 

Description: Dow’s Lake provides many opportunities for shorefishing. Find a spot where casting will not interfere with fishing from shore at Dow's Laketraveling cyclists along the bike path. A boat launch is available at Dow’s Lake Marina (at the Pavillion) for a fee and there are boat rentals available at the Pavillion for those interested in fishing away from shore. A popular spot in the heart of the city to spend the day.

 

Amenities: (see legend)

Boating 

Boat Launch 

Canoeing 

Day Use 

Fees involved 

Fishing 

Rentals 

Toilets
 

 

Windsor Park


Directions: Located off of Bank Street north of the Rideau River. Take Riverdale Avenue (traveling northeast) and turn left onto Windsor Avenue. Parking available at the end of this avenue. Walking access to this large park off of Belmont Avenue. Bike path also travels through this park.scenic shoreline at Windsor Park

 

Description: Beautiful city park located in the heart of the city along the west side of the Rideau River. Plenty of activities available including children’s wading pool, playground and sports fields. Abundant shoreline access for fishing. Parking available. Washrooms available when wading pool is open.

 

Amenities: (see legend)

Canoeing 

Day Use 

Fishing 

Playground 

Toilets

 

 

Billings Bridge Plaza Area

looking across the water at Billings Bridge Plaza
Directions: Located along the Rideau River across from the Billings Bridge Plaza (Bank Street and Riverside Drive). Access to parking located off of Riverside Drive South only.

 

Description: Greenspace along the Rideau River with plenty of access for shoreline fishing. Close to shopping centre. Accessible by bus (Billings Bridge Plaza stop). Bike path along the Rideau River also travels through the area. Washrooms, and restaurants available at the Billings Bridge plaza across the road.

 

Amenities: (see legend)

Canoeing 

Fishing 

Day Use 

 

 

Brewer Park


Directions: Located off Bronson Avenue on the north side of the bridge spanning the Rideau River. Access to this section of Bronson Avenue is available from Riverside Drive (going north) or from Colonel By Drive (going south). Brewer Park is also easily accessible from OC Transpo bus route.

 

Description: A popular dog walking park located near Carleton University and Bronson Avenue on the northwest side of the Rideau River. Park includes walking trails along the river, a pond for feeding ducks and observing wildlife, sports fields and shoreline at Brewer Parkplayground facilities. A canoe launch is located on the east side of the park with access from the parking area. Many interpretive signs for environmental projects that have been undertaken by Environmental Committee of Ottawa South, and other partners such as Muskies Canada. Washrooms may be available nearby at the Brewer Complex when programs are running.

 

Amenities: (see legend)

Canoeing  

Day Use 

Fishing 

Toilets

Playground 


 
Brantwood Park


boat launch at Brantwood ParkDirections: Located at the end of Clegg Street which can be accessed from Colonel By Drive or Main Street. Clegg Street located by St. Paul’s University on Main Street.

 

Description: Playground facilities available to entertain the children. Very limited but free parking here. Plenty of shoreline access for fishing. Launching a canoe is possible at the end of Clegg Street or just off to the right of the parking area.

 

Amenities: (see legend)

Canoeing 

Fishing 

Playground 

 

 

OC Transpo Bridge

 view from OC Transpo Bridge

Directions: Only accessible by bike path or OC Transpo bus and by walking. Located at south end of the bridge (OC Transpo and bike path accessible bridge), near where Lees Avenue exits to the Queensway (Hwy 417). Within walking distance of the Lees and Hurdman OC Transpo stations.

 

Description: Shoreline access for fishing. Potential site for fish habitat improvement. Accessible by foot, bus or bike only.

 

Amenities: (see legend)

Fishing