The river Welland is navigable from the derelict lock at Deeping St James to the Wash. The upper part of this navigation is only suitable for light craft and canoes. The river was navigable as far as Stamford, the uppermost length being canalised into the Stamford Canal. The navigable length is now 24.4 miles (36.0 km). The river Glen joins the Welland at Sufleet Sluices and is navigable for 11.5 miles (18.5 km) to Tongue End and the junction with the now unnavigable Bourne Eau. There are two locks, one at Spalding on the Welland, and one on the Glen at Sufleet where the joins the Welland. Both these locks are operated by the Environment Agency, and it is necessary to call the local river inspector (Tel: 07721 390128) in advance to arrange this.
The maximum boat size that can navigate the rivers Glen and Welland gradually reduces the further upstream a boat travels. The locks are tidal and can only be opened at certain levels of the tide. Bridge heights are given on the Environment Agency's website.
Vessels of 110' (34 metres) by 30' (9.1 metres) and drawing 8 feet (2.4 m) can reach Fulney lock at high water. The lock is 62' 4" (19.0 metres) by 27' 7" (8.5 metres) and at normal summer water levels, can accommodate boats drawing 2'6" (0.79 metres). Boats up to 35' (11 metres) can reach the Folly River. Headroom on this stretch is severely restricted, at 5'3" feet (1.60 metres). Smaller boats such as canoes, which can be carried around obstructions, can continue up to Stamford,but they must use the old course of the river through the Deepings, rather than the Maxey Cut.
The Coronation Channel through Spalding is a flood relief channel, not designed for navigation, and its use is only permitted by the Spalding Water Taxi by special arrangement.
(a) River Glen and River Welland upstream of Fosdyke Bridge:
Kingfisher House, Holdhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5ZR
T: 08708 506506
Environment Agency website
(b) River Welland downstream of Fosdyke Bridge:
Port of Fosdyke Ltd
This section of the river is also managed by the Environment Agency since the Port of Fosdyke Ltd went into adminisatration. The Port is no longer active.