Pleasure Craft Operator Card is not required to operate a rental boat!

Spectacular scenery, historic sights, quaint villages with antique and art shops ...oh yes, and fishing! That's what brings people to the beautiful Kawartha region.

The Reel Retreat is located at the east end of Rice Lake and with all of its cottages facing the historic Trent River, you can wake up in the morning to see the fish jumping right outside your window and return after a day of angling to fry up your catch on a firepit or BBQ. There's nothing like that long-awaited first night's fish fry!

Then spend a relaxing evening by the campfire.

The fish are plentiful in the Trent River. The species ready to jump onto your frying pan right now are:
• Panfish* & Pike
(Open All Year)
* Includes Perch, Rock Bass, Blue Gill, Pumpkinseed and Crappie
• Walleye/Pickerel
(2nd Saturday in May to November 15th)
• Muskie
(1st Saturday in June to December 15th)
• Large & Smallmouth Bass
(3nd Saturday in June to December 15th)

In the complete bait & tackle store you will find a variety of live bait and anything else you might need in your quest. When you bring back your catch, get them ready for the pan in the fish cleaning hut. Fish freezing is provided free of charge.

Fishing and Hunting licences are available on the premises for your convenience. Fishing & Hunting Licence Regulations, fees &information are available online at the Ministry of Natural Resources website: Copies are also available onsite.

The Reel Retreat has everything you need to get out fishing right away. 14 ft boats and motors as well as a 20 ft pontoon boat & 40 hp motor are available for daily or weekly rentals. Life preservers are provided for watercraft use only - please bring your own for beach use.

We have docking facilities for craft up to 20'.

2013 Boat Rental Rates (Canadian Funds)
14 ft Boat, 9.9 hp Motor
14 ft Boat, 15 hp Motor
20 ft Pontoon 40 hp Motor
$730.00(Mon - Fri)
18 ft Pontoon 50 hp Motor
$800.00(Mon - Fri)
Docking - no hydro
Docking - with hydro
Weekend boat package prices available
Please Note:
  • Boat and Motor Rentals include life preservers for watercraft only
  • First tank of gas/oil included with 14 ft boat & motor weekly rental, 1/2 tank with daily rental (gas not included in rates for 17 ft and pontoon boat)
  • Charging Electric Motor is the same cost as dock with hydro
  • Reservations are recommended for boats (don't be disappointed!) - $25 deposit is required for 14 ft boats, $100 deposit for pontoon boat
  • $350.00/$100.00 damage deposit is required when renting Pontoon/14 ft boat
  • Goods & Services Tax & Provincial Sales Tax where applicable
  • We accept Interac, Visa and Mastercard
  • All rates quoted in Canadian Funds - fair exchange given on foreign currency

When you rent a boat in the Reel Retreat, if you do not have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you can sign a completed rental boat safety checklist as proof of competency required by Transport Canada. Visit the website at for more information on boating safety requirements and courses or call the Boating Safety Hotline (1-877-281-8824)

Topographical maps of the Trent-Severn Waterway are available from The Friends of the Trent-Severn Waterway or Lock Stations. Set #2022 covers the Rice Lake/Hastings section of the Waterway. Contact Friends of the Trent-Severn online at or by calling 1-800-663-2628.


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