Navigation is currently stopped at Carnroe Lock with major repairs underway expected reopening Spring 2022. Contact Waterways Ireland Coleraine for further information.+44 (0)287034 2358
The River Bann is navigable from the sea to Lough Neagh. It is enjoyed by cruising boats, anglers, canoeists, waterskiers, wakeboarders and others. Zoning is in place to ensure the safe accommodation of all users.The Lower Bann has two navigation authorities. Coleraine Harbour Commissioners manage the 8km of river from the Millennium Bridge in Coleraine to the sea and are responsible for Coleraine Harbour.Contact Coleraine Harbour on
Tel no +44 (0)28 7034 2012
(V.H.F. Ch.12. Admiralty Chart Number 2499)Waterways Ireland manage 52km of navigation from Lough Neagh to Coleraine Town Bridge.Contact Waterways Ireland Coleraine Office on Tel no +44 (0)287034 2358
Lower Bann Lock-keepers
Lock-keeper contact numbers
Cutts lock 02870342999
Carnroe Lock 07876032891
Movangher lock 07876032891
Portna lock 07876032891
Toome lock 07912305251
Instructions for boats moving through locks:
Boats should be tied up at the approaching landing jetty and wait to be called forward by the lock keeper
Customers should note that they should not throw mooring ropes up to the lock keepers and must secure their craft within the lock chamber using the chains or ladders provided on the chamber walls.
No cash payments are required at present for lock passage
Customers should observe signage in place regarding social distancing
Customers should note that there are no toilet or shower facilities open until further notice.
Water levels in the are controlled by means of flood gates at Toome at the head of the Lower Bann . Further control within the Lower Bann River is managed by two sets of flood gates. These are located at Portna (near Kilrea), and The Cutts at Coleraine.