Waterways and lock closures

Boating vacations rely on waterways, and even during boating season navigation may not always be possible. Disruption could be caused by a lock or bridge needing maintenance, or there may not be the right level of water to safely navigate.

Please be aware that our Base teams are expert in their cruising regions. They will also be happy to provide up to date advice on the best cruising conditions and suggested itineraries on arrival and during your cruise. With the safety and enjoyment of our Customers in mind, we may sometimes advise against navigation within a certain part of the cruising region where local conditions may be challenging at that specific point in time. Conditions continually evolve so it is not always possible to inform you of relevant conditions in advance, however please do use the information below as a guide to the current navigation restrictions in place in our boating regions. 

 

Due to government restrictions to reduce the spread of Coronavirus we have had to delay certain vacations, either because we are unable to open our bases, or because customers are unable to travel. Please check if your vacation is directly affected by Coronavirus?

  • On Sundays in April and October locks and bridges will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on these day.
  • Lock opening time from 20th May to 19th June : Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm - Friday to Sunday 9am-7pm - We recommend booking early check in and late check out if 3 days short breaks
  • Lock opening times from 20th June to 5th September : Monday to Thursday 9am-6pm - Friday to Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Lock opening times from 6th Sept to 10th Oct : Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am-5pm. We recommend booking early check in and late check out for 3 day short breaks
  • Please note all locks on The Thames will be closed for maintenance from Monday 31 October 2022. If your booking ends on the 31st, the boat must arrive at the end base by 5pm on Sunday 30 October.

Helpful link: Environment Agency

  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • The Moselle River will be closed from May 16 until May 25 2022 and 12 June 2023 until 21 June 2023. Navigation North Nancy (including Toul) will not be possible during these periods.
  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed (except on the Baïse river) which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Due to navigation restrictions, local French authorities have advised that our Messac base will open on the 8th of April and close on the 9th of October 2022.
  • Due to current low water levels, it is not possible to cruise on the Canal de Nantes à Brest North towards Malestroit and Josselin or South towards Nantes, or on the Aff River towards La Gacilly.
  • Please note that a portion of the Canal de Nantes à Brest, between Guenrouet and Nantes, will be closed for maintenance in 2023. This means you will not be able to reach Nantes via waterways.
  • The Canal des Vosges is closed for maintenance from 3rd Oct 2022 to 3rd Nov 2022 - This means you will not be able to reach Epinal from Fontenoy-le-Chateau.
  • Please note that the Canal du Rhone au Rhin is only navigable until Dôle. Algae and low water levels are currently preventing navigation between Dôle and Besançon.
  • Please note that due to drought and ensuing low water levels in the area, our Decize base is now closed for the remainder of our 2022 boating season and will re-open in 2023. 
  • Due to a public holiday on the May 1, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Please note that the Canal de Bourgogne is currently closed due to low water levels and weeds. Navigation is still possible to and from Migennes in both directions on the Yonne.
  • Due to the current low water levels on the Canal Latéral à la Loire, waterway conditions towards Nevers and Sancerre are not good. We strongly recommend not to cruise this route at the moment.  
  • From the 16th of October 2022 onwards, the lock keepers on the Yonne river will be covering multiple locks. Please be aware that because of this, it may take you longer to pass through locks in this region.
  • The Nourriguier Lock is closed for maintenance works until further notice. It is not possible to reach Beaucaire from St Gilles by waterways.
  • It is not currently possible to navigate The Canal de la Robine past South Narbonne to Port la Nouvelle.
  • Due to a public holiday on the May 1 and Nov 1, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on these days.
  • Some businesses and restaurants along the canal close on or after Nov 1.
  • No current restrictions
  • A portion of The Lot will be closed from 02 October until 31 October 2022. Navigation will only be possible between Douelle and Arcambal during this time - Saint Cirq Lapopie will not be reachable.
  • Locks are closed on 1st November, which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • The Templin/Kannenburg lock is still defective for an indefinite period. This means Templin cannot be reached by water.
  • No current restrictions
  • Please note that the Brenta Canal linking Venice to Padua is currently closed due to low water levels. Navigation between Venice and Padua via waterway is not possible.
  • Please note that due to a closed lock along the route, if you are booking a one-way between either Precenicco to Casale or reverse, you will need to cruise via open sea between Lignano and Bibione.
  • Before April 16, locks and bridges in Amsterdam and Vinkeveen will be closed on Sundays which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day. Locks and bridges in other areas will operate upon request, please contact the waterway authorities the day before for any required opening.
  • The lifting bridge in Ouderkerk is undergoing repair and will be out of action until further notice. While it is closed, navigation will not be possible up the Amstel river and all the way to Amsterdam (or in reverse). Customers wishing to complete a circular route via Gouda and up to Amsterdam, would need to take a longer route via Leiden and Lisse. However, we would recommend taking our most popular route along the River Vecht, to avoid this closure altogether. The base team can give further details during your pre-departure call.
  • Please note that due to current restrictions on some lock opening hours, cruising times along the Caledonian Canal are expected to take longer than usual.

Helpful link: Scottish Canals

Need help?

If any of the above information affects your vacation please do contact the team to discuss the options that are available to you 1-800-734-5491