This section of the Rideau website features information about how this amazing piece of engineering works and how the whole of the waterway is maintained.
How a Lock Works - The basics of how a lock works.
Water Management Overview - how the Rideau was designed to manage water flow, how it is currently done.
Water Management on the Rideau - an article by Kerry McGonegal, Water Management Officer, Parks Canada.
Controlling the Waters - an article by Professor Brian Osborne of Queen's University
Rule Curves - water levels of the Rideau Lakes
Problems and Conflicts - a history of problems between landowners and the canal over the control of water
Maintenance of the Locks - a short article about yearly maintenance of the locks.
Emergency Repairs - A Tale of Two Sills - information supplied by Joe Brown and Bill Pratt of Parks Canada.