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.

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.

 

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. 

  • On Sundays in April and October locks and bridges will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on these day.
  • No current restrictions
  • 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.
  • Due to navigation restrictions, local French authorities have advised that our Messac base will open on 8th April and close on 9th October 2022.
  • 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.
  • Due to a public holiday on the 1st May, locks will be closed which may restrict how far you can cruise on this day.
  • 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.
  • When leaving Migennes, we recommend to only cruise as far as St Florentin, due to many weeds along the Canal de Borgogne when travelling past this point.
  • 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, 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 or reach Lake Müritz from our Fürstenberg base.
  • No current restrictions
  • No current restrictions
  • Before 16th April, 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.
    • Due to essential maintenance the Cullochy lock will be unavailable to boat traffic until the 20 May 2022. This means access to the waterway north of Cullochy lock including Fort Augustus and Loch Ness is not possible.

Helpful link: Scottish Canals

Need help?

If any of the above information effects your vacation please do contact the team to discuss the options that are available to you 021 200 1838