Boat Launches & Docks

Boat Launches

Chatham-Kent's waterways offer a variety of choices for boaters. Whether you are sailing on Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair or planning a trip up the Thames or Sydenham Rivers, Chatham-Kent has eight (8) free public boat launches for both motorized and non-motorized boats.

* Please note that 118 Brock Street, Shrewsbury is private property and not the location of the Shrewsbury Boat Launch.


Boat Docks

Wallaceburg Docks

Located on the Sydenham River, these overnight transient docks are open from mid-May to Labour Day.

Enter the Sydenham River at the forks, continuing to Wallaceburg Municipal Docks. Baseline Road Bridge, Lord Selkirk Bridge and Walking Bridge are open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, with closures from noon to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm due to heavy traffic conditions.

Free Amenities

  • 8-12 ft. draft at the dock
  • Located in downtown Wallaceburg with shopping, dining, lounges available
  • Restrooms/showers
  • Electrical connections
  • Garbage disposal
  • Water access

Downtown Chatham Docks

Overnight transient docks in Downtown Chatham allow you to park your boat and enjoy restaurants, cafes, pubs, boutiques and shops. Power boaters will appreciate the relaxed setting of the Downtown Docks bordering beautiful Tecumseh Park and Downtown Chatham.

Enter the Thames River at Lighthouse Cove on Lake St. Clair. Follow the river (mid-point is approximately 21 feet in depth) for a leisurely 3-hour cruise (5 miles per hour) to the Chatham Docks. You will have access to shower facilities by the Civic Centre and Tecumseh Park.

Free Amenities

  • 8-10 ft. draft at the dock
  • Restrooms/showers
  • Electrical compatibility
  • Garbage disposal
  • Shopping, restaurants, lounges within walking distance

Downtown at West End, Thames River: Lat. 42° 19.92 Long 81° 28.12

Loran Co-ordinates: Lat. 42° 19.92 - Lon. 82° 28.12 TD1 31035.17- TD2 49990.11 


Bridge Heights

Approximate clearances depending on water levels:

  • Prairie Siding Bridge height is fixed at 22 ft.
  • Parry Bridge height is fixed at 21 ft.
  • Lacroix Street Bridge is fixed at a height of approximately 25 ft. About 1/4 mile past the Lacroix Street Bridge, the Downtown Docks begin on the south side of the river behind the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre.
  • Third Street Bridge is fixed at a height of about 22 ft.