Tay River (Ontario)

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Tay River
Beckwith Street (former swing bridge, Tay Canal).jpg
Tay River in Perth
Tay River (Ontario) is located in Southern Ontario
Tay River (Ontario)
Location of the mouth of the Tay River in southern Ontario
RegionEastern Ontario
Physical characteristics
SourceBobs Lake
 ⁃ locationLanark Highlands
 ⁃ coordinates44°45′34″N 76°31′21″W / 44.75944°N 76.52250°W / 44.75944; -76.52250
 ⁃ elevation162 m (531 ft)
MouthLower Rideau Lake, Rideau River
 ⁃ location
Port Elmsley
 ⁃ coordinates
44°52′43″N 76°06′46″W / 44.87861°N 76.11278°W / 44.87861; -76.11278Coordinates: 44°52′43″N 76°06′46″W / 44.87861°N 76.11278°W / 44.87861; -76.11278
 ⁃ elevation
125 m (410 ft)
Length95 km (59 mi)
Basin size850 km2 (330 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemSaint Lawrence River basin

The Tay River is a river in Lanark County in Eastern Ontario, Canada.[1][2] It is in the Saint Lawrence River drainage basin and is a left tributary of the Rideau River.


This river starts at Bobs Lake and leaves the lake, controlled by a weir, near the community of Bolingbroke in geographic South Sherbrooke Township,[3] part of the municipality of Tay Valley.[2] It heads northeast, passes under Lanark County Road 36, reaches Christie Lake and passes there into geographic Bathurst Township.[4] It continues northeast, passes under Lanark County Road 6, and divides into two channels; the right channel is known as Scotts Snye. The river then travels through the community of Glen Tay, continuing to Perth. The river splits into two main channels as it flows through downtown Perth. The two channels have recombined by the time it leaves Perth and continues to the Rideau River, which drains via the Ottawa River into the Saint Lawrence River.

The river is 95 kilometres (59 mi) in length and drains an area of 850 square kilometres (330 sq mi).[5] A canal connects the river to the Tay Canal, and Rideau Canal systems at Beveridge Bay on Lower Rideau Lake.


Lakes in the Tay watershed[edit]

Top of Watershed (above north-south railroad line from Oconto to Tichborne) Abbott, Barton, Carnahan, Clow, Danby, Duncan, Eagle, Elbow, Leggat, Little Beaver, Little Mud, Long, Miller, Oconto, Scanlin, Spruce, Watson

Middle Watershed (between Oconto/Tichborne Line and Christie Lake)[edit]

Atwood, Beaver, Bobs & Crow, Buck Bay, Burns Pond, Christie, Crosby, Davern, Deer, Doran, Farrell, Green Bay, Lake of the Hills, Little Crosby, Little Rock, Little Silver, Little Twins, Lynn, Mud Bay, O’Brien, Pike, Rainbow, Rock (north) Sucker, Thompson Pond, Victoria, Weatherhead

Below Christie Lake[edit]

Andrew, Doctor McLaren, Mills, Mud, Otty, Rock (south), Thoms Mud

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tay River". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  2. ^ a b "Tay River". Atlas of Canada. Natural Resources Canada. 2010-02-04. Retrieved 2012-06-08. Shows the course of the river on a topographic map.
  3. ^ "South Sherbrooke" (PDF). Geology Ontario - Historic Claim Maps. Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  4. ^ "Bathurst" (PDF). Geology Ontario - Historic Claim Maps. Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
  5. ^ "Tay Watershed Information". Friends of the Tay River. Retrieved 2012-06-08.


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