River Medway: conditions, closures and restrictions

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

River conditions

Current condition on the River Medway:

Green: all clear (effective from 9am 6 September 2018).

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.
  • 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 2018.

River restrictions

When Where What’s happening
Sunday 9 September 2018 Town Lock pen, Tonbridge Dragon Boat Races, The races will begin at the bend after the sports ground and finish at Big Bridge, approximately 200 metres downstream. There will be 2 boats in each race (3 in the final). The event will commence at 07.30 hours and finish at 17.30 hours. Would all other river users please give the racing crews unhindered passage during these times.
Sunday 23 September 2018 Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club to St Peter’s bridge, Maidstone Maidstone Invicta Rowing Club will be holding the Maidstone Spring Head Race. The races will be run on a timed basis over a course from just upstream of the Malta Inn, Allington to just before St Peter’s bridge, Maidstone. There will be four divisions starting at 09:00, 10:45, 12:30 and 14:15 hours. Each race should last between 30 and 45 minutes.

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.

Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 7 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. New notice to mariners added.
  2. New notifications for mariners added.
  3. New Notice to Mariners added.
  4. Notice to Mariners 14 and 15 of 2017 added.
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  8. Notice 4 of 2017 added.
  9. Notice to Mariners 3 of 2017 added.
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  11. New notice to Mariners
  12. Current stream condition on the River Medway changed to red with effect from 1pm Thursday 23rd June.
  13. Notice to Mariners added
  14. New 'Notice to Mariners' added.
  15. Change conditions to Red
  16. Table of river restrictions has been updated.
  17. New restriction to River Medway.
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  19. Update on new river restrictions.
  20. Notice to mariners added
  21. New river restrictions
  22. Updated condition to 'Green: all clear'.
  23. Changed first sentence to reflect the current situation
  24. Condition changed to Red.
  25. Planned closures and river draining sections added.
  26. Changed condition to 'Green'.
  27. Condition changed to Red: strong stream.
  28. Condition changed to Green: all clear.
  29. River condition changed to Red.
  30. Condition changed to Red.
  31. Condition changed to Red: strong stream
  32. River condition updated to 'green: all clear'.
  33. Updated condition to Red.
  34. Updated condition to 'Green'.
  35. Strong stream notice updated.
  36. Changes to the stream warnings
  37. River condition on Medway changed from red to green.
  38. Red/strong stream warning issued for the Medway.
  39. Removed old notices.
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  44. Removed river restriction.
  45. Email updates information added.
  46. Old notice removed on 22 May 2014
  47. Completed works notices removed on 8 May 2014.
  48. New notices added on 17 April 2014.
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