River Medway: conditions, closures and restrictions

River conditions, reach closures and restrictions affecting boaters on the River Medway.

River conditions

For the current condition of the River Medway, please check the Allington Lock website for the most up-to-date information.

What the conditions mean

  • Red: strong stream. We advise users of all boats not to navigate because the strong flows make it difficult and dangerous.
  • Amber: We advise users of all boats to navigate with extreme caution.
  • Green: all clear. No stream warnings are in force, all boats can navigate the river freely.

This web page will only be updated during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Outside these hours, customers should call Allington Lock on 01622 752864 for the latest stream information.

River closures

There are currently no unplanned closures on the River Medway. See planned lock closures and river draining for 2019.

River restrictions

When Where What’s happening
31 July East Farleigh Lock Please note that East Farleigh Lock has now been re-opened, following the removal of a fallen tree blocking the blocking the river at Unicumes Lane in the Allington Pen, 1.2 kilometres downstream of East Farleigh Lock (TQ745542).

Planned lock closures

There are no current planned closures on the River Medway.

River levels

Find out about river levels on the Medway.

Email updates

The Environment Agency sends email updates on planned River Medway closures and restrictions. To subscribe to this service, email with ‘subscribe to notice to mariners’ in the subject line.

Click here for more information about the River Medway

Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 31 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. New information, including link to public website, added 31/07/19

  2. New data added 09/07/19

  3. Added 6 of 2018 Notice to Mariners

  4. New notice to mariners added.

  5. New notifications for mariners added.

  6. New Notice to Mariners added.

  7. Notice to Mariners 14 and 15 of 2017 added.

  8. Notice 9 of 2017 added.

  9. New Notice to Mariners added

  10. New notice to Mariners

  11. Notice 4 of 2017 added.

  12. Notice to Mariners 3 of 2017 added.

  13. Notice 2 of 2017 added

  14. New notice to Mariners

  15. Current stream condition on the River Medway changed to red with effect from 1pm Thursday 23rd June.

  16. Notice to Mariners added

  17. New 'Notice to Mariners' added.

  18. Change conditions to Red

  19. Table of river restrictions has been updated.

  20. New restriction to River Medway.

  21. New restriction added.

  22. Update on new river restrictions.

  23. Notice to mariners added

  24. New river restrictions

  25. Updated condition to 'Green: all clear'.

  26. Changed first sentence to reflect the current situation

  27. Condition changed to Red.

  28. Planned closures and river draining sections added.

  29. Changed condition to 'Green'.

  30. Condition changed to Red: strong stream.

  31. Condition changed to Green: all clear.

  32. River condition changed to Red.

  33. Condition changed to Red.

  34. Condition changed to Red: strong stream

  35. River condition updated to 'green: all clear'.

  36. Updated condition to Red.

  37. Updated condition to 'Green'.

  38. Strong stream notice updated.

  39. Changes to the stream warnings

  40. River condition on Medway changed from red to green.

  41. Red/strong stream warning issued for the Medway.

  42. Removed old notices.

  43. Updated conditions date.

  44. New notice added.

  45. New notices added.

  46. New notice added.

  47. Removed river restriction.

  48. Email updates information added.

  49. Old notice removed on 22 May 2014

  50. Completed works notices removed on 8 May 2014.

  51. New notices added on 17 April 2014.

  52. First published.