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River Dee

The River Dee is navigable from Farndon Bridge downstream to the Dee Estuary.

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Facts & Stats

33 miles

(53.1 km)

The length of the River Dee that is navigable.

0 locks

From Farndon Bridge to the Dee Estuary

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.

IWA has proposed improved links between the Shropshire Union Canal and the River Dee..

Downstream of Wilcox Point, the navigation authority is the Dee Conservancy, which the Natural Resources Wales has responsibility for.

Waterway notes

Maximum Boat sizes

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)

Navigation authority

Cheshire West and Chester City Council



Useful info

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

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