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Corps announces summer recreational lock schedule

Portland District
Published May 14, 2021
A sailboat uses a lock on the Columbia River. 

Motorized recreational boaters needing to pass through the three lower Columbia River dams must follow a lock schedule taking effect May 15. Commercial vessels will continue to lock through upon arrival except during the times specified for recreational vessels.

A sailboat uses a lock on the Columbia River. Motorized recreational boaters needing to pass through the three lower Columbia River dams must follow a lock schedule taking effect May 15. Commercial vessels will continue to lock through upon arrival except during the times specified for recreational vessels.

Motorized recreational boaters needing to pass through the three lower Columbia River dams must follow a lock schedule taking effect May 15. Commercial vessels will continue to lock through upon arrival except during the times specified for recreational vessels.

The lock operators may use their discretion to allow recreational vessels to lock through with commercial craft. Corps staff may consider special lockages outside the scheduled times for flotillas or other unique events sponsored by yacht clubs, marinas and other groups. However, users will need to provide advance notice of at least 24-hours to ensure the appropriate operations manager, or their designated representative has arranged the lockage.

The lock schedules are as follows, from May 15, 2021 - September 14, 2021 and available here:

Direction

Bonneville

The Dalles

John Day

Upstream

9 a.m.

12 p.m.

3 p.m.

6 p.m.

9 p.m.

9 a.m.

12 p.m.

3 p.m.

6 p.m.

9 p.m.

9 a.m.

12 p.m.

3 p.m.

6 p.m.

9 p.m.

Downstream

9:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

 

 

Control room contact information is:

  • Bonneville Lock and Dam (river mile 145): 541-374-8323
  • The Dalles Lock and Dam (river mile 191): 541-506-8211
  • John Day Lock and Dam (river mile 216): 541-298-9712

All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk. A personal flotation device is required for every member on board the vessel, throughout the duration of the lockage. Follow the directions of the lock operator when using the locks or operating in the vicinity of the locks. The lock operator has final authority on the suitability of a craft for lockage. Please refer to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safe Lockage Policy for Recreational Craft on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, published separately, for additional safety requirements.

The Columbia-Snake inland navigation system provides important benefits to business and the public. Approximately 9 million tons of cargo valued at over $3 billion is barged on the Columbia-Snake river system annually. The navigation system contributes jobs, facilitates import and export trade, and benefits the economy, environment and quality of life in the Pacific Northwest.

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Portland District’s 150th Birthday: Portland District is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse civil works programs and has been supporting the people of Oregon and southwest Washington since 1871. Throughout its 150-year history, the District has been operating locks and dams along the Columbia River, managing flood risks in the Willamette Valley and Rogue River Basin, maintaining Oregon's coastal waterways for navigation, and leading the Nation in hydropower generation. The team of more than 1,400 civil servants manage these missions all while ensuring equal attention is paid to environmental protection and restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement, and world-class recreation opportunities.


Contact
Tom Conning
503-808-4510
edward.t.conning@usace.army.mil

Release no. 21-022

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