If you stopped at Meyers and are headed north you have another busy day ahead. The peacefulness of Meyers will have given you a chance to rest for the first of the step locks at #11 & 12 then you pass through Campbellford where you can find the best fuel prices on the waterway and the greatest selection of stores before Peterborough.
From Lock # 9 to #10 your course follows Haig's Reach this will be your first encounter with the old cribs used in logging days to control booms on their way downstream. Headed upstream from Meyers just before mile 27, the channel is to the east of T193 and T195 where you pass to the east of the first boom then to the west of the remainder of them along the reach. Watch the markers here as there are shallows that are hard to see before T198, at which point the river becomes much narrower.
The wooded banks are home to numerous species of wildlife which seem amused at the passing boats. Perhaps a half mile above Meyers lock is the home of Osprey which you will often find keeping an eye on you as you pass. The channel markers up to Lock #10 are easy to see. A service bridge having a clearance of 29 ft lies just downstream of the lock entrance.
Ranney Falls Locks # 11 & 12 area roughly one mile east of downtown Campbellford. There is a park area which follows the waterway on the western shore with a jogging path. There is nowhere once you are upstream of the lock to stay until you reach downtown.
If you do not want to check into a marina and need something from Canadian Tire we found a convent section of wall on the west side just downstream of Tim Hortons where one can unofficially tie up long enough for a parts stop at Canadian Tire just across the road.
Cambelford offers two marinas if your taste runs to marinas. On the west bank with 6 to 8 feet of water, next to the Chamber of Commerce and Campbellfords huge tooney is the Old Mill Park. This is a municipally operated marina in the center of town with good depth along the wall. Your procedure is to find a spot if you can then check in with the Chamber of Commerce. There are 15 and 30 amp connections, wash rooms, water and picnic tables. However you are open to the river and wake.
On the east side also below the bridge is MacMillan's. There is no overnight dockage but at least 9 feet of water. The riverside sign reads MacMillan's Discount and they have a discount market with produce and other groceries. They do have gas diesel, propane, water, ice etc.
Passing under the bridge upstream on the west bank is Turners which is an ESSO station which also services both the road and waterway. They had the cheapest fuel we found on the waterway with gas, diesel,at roadside not water front prices, water, wash rooms, ice and a retaining wall.
Peterbourough Boats which lies above the bridge on the east bank. has a 10 ton travel-lift and antique wood boats and repair facilities. They do not,however, offer overnight dockage.
Cambelford River Inn is located above the town bridge on the east side of the river. You can easily see the yellow sign and grey building which has a floating T dock having a good 12 feet of water available for visiting boats. There is overnight dockage with special emphasis on visitors who take a room which includes free dockage for the boat. The Inn has a resort like atmosphere and facilities which include a swimming pool,whirlpools,fire pits, playground,and picnic area.
Shopping and dining
Most businesses are centred around the Bridge Street thoroughfare . The big three banks are on the east side of the river on Bridge street a block up, along with the IGA, post Office and Liquor store. Once you are there you will probably find Doohers Bakery which is a threat to any waistline and welcome addition to the galley supplies.
If you want a break from cooking Campbellford is a nice stop, as most eateries are fairly close and the cabs prompt in responding in peak season. At the time of writing we have yet to verify many claims and reports but anticipate providing a full report by the summer season as we pass through there fairly often these days.
We have breakfasted at Trish's Country Kitchen, which opens at 06:00 and is close to the east side dockages. Closest to the bridge and a fine evening break is the licensed Riverview Restaurant, overlooking the river on the east side at the corner of Front Street. For more serious drinking you may cross the street to the Front Street Bar and Grill which is open during typical bar hours. Chinese (not sampled) and appearing typical is north on Bridge with eat in or carry out.