River Dee

The river Dee is navigable from Farndon Bridge downstream to the Dee Estuary.  Downstream from Chester, the river is industrial and should only be navigated by sea-worthy craft with crews well-versed in tidal waters. Upstream from Chester is the section administered by Chester City Council. There is a connection to the Shropshire Union Canal at Crane Wharf, Chester. There are no locks along the 33 mile (53.1km) navigable river and estuary.

IWA has proposed improved links between the Shropshire Union Canal and the river Dee - download the report (2MB pdf file).

Downstream of Wilcox Point, the navigation authority is the Dee Conservancy, which the Natural Resources Wales has responsibility for - more information is on the Natural Resources Wales website.

There are no locks to restrict length and beam of boats navigating the river Dee, but bridges and the weir at Chester restrict vessels to the following dimensions:
height: 9' 6" (2.8 metres)
draught: 3' (0.9 metres)

The weir at Chester can only be passed at certain states of the tide and local expert advice is required.



IWA Branch

Chester and Merseyside

Navigation Authority

Cheshire West and Chester City Council
Covers the river from Farndon to Wilcox Point, Chester
Parks & Open Spaces, The Forum, CHESTER, CH1 2HS
T: 01244 077965
E: customer.contact@chester.gov.uk
Cheshire West and Chester website