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.
  • Due to water hazards and challenging navigation during our 2021 boating season we advise all customers who plan to visit Perth do so by cruising and mooring at Lower Beverages lock and taking a taxi to Perth.
  • No current restrictions

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.
  • The Canal de Nantes à Brest will be closed for maintenance from the 19th September until the end of October. You will not be able to cruise to Malestroit and Josselin during this period.
  • Please be aware that locks will be closed on October 25 2021.
  • Due to a public holiday on the May 1, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day
  • Due to a public holiday on the May 1, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • The Nourriguier Lock is closed for maintenance works until the end of 2021 - It is not possible to reach Beaucaire from St Gilles by waterways.
  • Due to a public holiday on the May 1, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • 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, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • No current restrictions
  • Locks are closed on 1st November, which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • Lock Steinhavel (North Fürstenberg) is closed for maintenance from 13th Sept 2021 until 27th May 2022 - This means you will not be able to cruise one-way in either direction between our Potsdam and Marina Wolfsbruch bases
  • No current restrictions
  • No current restrictions
  • 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.
  • From October 21st 2019 the lockmasters in Scotland will be covering multiple locks. Please call ahead before you reach the lock, and be aware that it may take longer to pass through.

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