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.

Use the information below to see all of the current navigation restrictions in place in our boating regions:

  • On Sundays in April locks and bridges (to Leper and Veurne) will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.

Lock opening times

  • May 17 to June 23: Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday to Sunday 9am-7pm. We recommend booking early check in and late check out for 3 days short breaks
  • June 24 to September 2: Monday to Thursday 9am-6pm - Friday to Sunday 9am-7pm
  • Sept 3 to Oct 14: 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

No current restrictions

Helpful link: Environment Agency

  • Due to maintenance works the section between lock 46 and lock 47 is closed to navigation until 29th April 2019. You will not be able to cruise one-way to Boofzhem or reach Strausbourg by the canal.

No current restrictions

No current restrictions

No current restrictions

  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which way restrict how far you can cruise on this day. 

No current restrictions

  • From the 30th Sept, navigation will be stopped at the entrance of Cognac (PK 56) because of maintenance works - you will not be able to reach Saintes by canal.
  • Due to maintenance works until the end of June 2019, the Juar lock (between Jarnac and Angouleme) will be only operational before 8am, between 12 and 2pm and after 5pm 

No current restrictions

  • Our Potsdam base will be affected by maintenance work at the Zaaren locks. Only return cruises on our Cirrus boats will be operating until the 31st July 2019 from our Potsdam base. Our base in Marina Wolfsbruch will be operating as usual so return cruises from there will not be impacted. However, due to the maintenance work you will be unable to cruise from Marina Wolfsbruch into Berlin until this work is complete.

No current restrictions

No current restrictions

  • During the Sail 2020 Event (12-16 August 2020), you won’t be able to cruise to Amsterdam. You can still easily reach Amsterdam by mooring at Weesp, Utrecht or Gouda and taking a quick train.
  • Due to maintenance works, you will not be able to pass though Kytra and Fort Augustus locks to reach the Loch Ness until 17 April 2019
  • From March 25th to April 17th, and 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