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Boston Black Sluice

Accessible to all craft kept on the connected inland waterways

Silver Propeller Challenge

Location

Boston

Visit Boston Black Sluice on the Black Sluice Navigation by boat or canoe.

It has been chosen as a Silver propeller Location as it is very little used and a picture of your boat on the navigation would be a good proof of a visit. The Black Sluice Navigation is on the South Forty Foot Drain, an artificial drainage river in Lincolnshire. It’s a typical Fen drain, providing 19 miles (31km) of navigation to the west of Boston in Lincolnshire.

Complete our challenge by visiting 20 locations from our list, you will receive our exclusive plaque and goody bag.

 

History of The Black Sluice

The Black Sluice Navigation is on the South Forty Foot Drain, an artificial drainage river in Lincolnshire. Unused for nearly 40 years, it re-opened in 2009. It’s a typical Fen drain, providing 19 miles (31km) of navigation to the west of Boston in Lincolnshire.

The first lock here was part of the first attempt by the Earl of Lindsey to drain the surrounding levels in 1635. It is thought that the name derives from the battle that destroyed the original sluice. The current structure dates from 2008 and was built as part of the Fens Waterways Link scheme. The intention is to link the South Forty Foot Drain to the River Glen as part of establishing a navigable link between Boston and Peterborough. Beyond Donnington Bridge, access is only possible for small unpowered boats, such as canoes and kayaks. This is due to restricted water depth, headroom, width and environmental considerations. This waterway has been chosen as a Silver propeller location to support the Fens Waterways project and any picture of your boat on the navigation would be a good proof of a visit.

Boston Black Sluice Notes

Black Sluice Dimensions

  • Length: 21 metres (70 feet)
  • Width: 6 metres (20 feet)
  • Draft: normal water depth in the lock is 2.80 metres (9 feet), however this will vary with the tides

Airdraft

Headroom in the lock isn’t restricted but when passing from Black Sluice Lock into the navigation you pass under London Road Bridge. This arched bridge has headroom from around 1.7m to 3.4m (11ft).

Licensing

An Environment Agency licence is required; either a day pass or a 7 day visitor licence and a key is needed to use the moorings. To enter the Black Sluice Navigation you need to pass through the Black Sluice itself. It isn’t permanently staffed and needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

Please call the Black Sluice booking line on 01522 785 041 to book (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). The lock connects the Black Sluice Navigation with the tidal Boston Haven approximately a mile below Boston Grand Sluice.

Challenge Location

Boston Black Sluice

Environment Agency, also accessible by trailable boats via EA slipway at Hubberts Bridge.

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