Public Notices

Summer recreation lockage schedule begins May 15

Published May 13, 2015
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

DATE: 05/12/2015 

NOTICE NO.: 3958

POC: Bronwyn A. Cummings, Administrative Specialist and NWP Navigation Coordinator
PORTLAND OR 97204-3495
(Office) 503-808-4339

WATERWAY: Columbia River
EFFECTIVE: 05/15/2015 6 a.m. through 09/15/2015 9:30 p.m. PST


2015 Seasonal lockage schedule for recreational vessels on the Columbia River

Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is implementing its 2015 seasonal lockage schedule for the passage of recreational vessels through the following navigation locks:

• Bonneville Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 145
• The Dalles Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 191
• John Day Lock and Dam Columbia River Mile 216

Accordingly, the following annual recreational craft lockage schedule will be implemented beginning May 15, 2015.

Annual Seasonal Recreational Lockage Schedule, May 15 -September 15, 2015

Upstream             Downstream 

  9 a.m.                  9:30 a.m.     
12:01 p.m.           12:30 p.m.    
  3 p.m.                  3:30 p.m.
  6 p.m.                  6:30 p.m.
  9 p.m.                  9:30 p.m.

The Corps will consider special lockages outside the above scheduled lockage times, for flotillas or other unique requirements, sponsored by yacht clubs, marinas, and other groups, provided advance (at least 24-hours).  Arrangements must be made with the operations manager or their appointed representative. Contact the following project for scheduling of special lockages:

            Project                        Control Room
Bonneville Lock and Dam    (541) 374-8323
The Dalles Lock and Dam    (541) 298-4007
John Day Lock and Dam      (541) 298-9712

During the summer recreational vessel lockage schedule, recreational vessels take precedence over commercial vessels, but they will only be allowed to lock through at the designated times. Commercial vessels will lock through upon arrival at the navigation lock, except during the times specified as priority for recreational vessel lockages. At the discretion of the lock operator, recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial craft.

All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk. A personal flotation device is required for every person 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. Corps of Engineers' Safe Lockage Policy for Recreational Craft on the Columbia and Snake Rivers at

//signed// Dwane E. Watsek
Chief, Operations Division
Portland District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers