River Great Ouse System

Start date: July 13, 2022
End date: September 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Stoppages & Restrictions

URGENT ADVICE (Wednesday 13 July 2022 until rescinded)

With the current prolonged dry weather conditions, we are experiencing lower flows and river levels
in places than normal on the River Great Ouse. We are advising all river users to take extra care
whilst under way at present on the navigation, especially on naturally shallower reaches such as
the top ends of the tributaries and channels such as the Old West River. Be aware that there may
be lower levels than usual in some locations and an increased chance of grounding or making
contact with the bed. When mooring please do ensure that ropes and lines allow for fluctuating river
levels, use spring lines and check your vessel regularly.
Where possible please conserve water by sharing locks and navigate with extreme caution. Take
notice of any warning signage displayed and channel markers where present. Shallower areas of
the river and under water obstructions may become more prevalent whilst water levels are low.
Craft with deep drafts may experience difficulties and there may be the risk of boats coming into
contact with the riverbed or grounding out in places.
This notice is effective until further notice and will remain in place whilst we continue to experience
these current dry conditions. When levels have recovered a further update will be issued to rescind
this notice.