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Sailing on the Shannon Erne
Due to the nature of the waterway sailing does not take place on this navigation.
Main Street, Leitrim Village,Co Leitrim
Mulvey CentreSligo RoadCarrick on ShannonCo Leitrim
Leitrim Quay,Leitrim Village,Co Leitrim,
221 Lisnaskea RoadLisnaskea,Co. Fermanagh,BT92 0JZ
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Length & No of Locks63km from Leitrim Village to Upper Lough Erne with 16 locks
Opening Hours of Locks
Apr to Oct - 09.00 to 20.00
Nov to Mar - 09.00 to dusk i.e. during daylight hours
Due to planned maintenance works between November and March please check Marine N otices prior to departure to ensure the navigation is open.
Navigational CriteriaLength: 24mBeam: 4.5mDraft: 1.2mAir draft: 3.2m over a width of 3.0m
Draft dimensions are given as a guide only and cannot be guaranteed.
No information specified
There is no dry dock provision on the Shannon-Erne Waterway
Shore power available at Keshcarrigan, Ballinamore, Haughton’s Shore, Ballyconnell and Aghalane with further facilities planned for both Keshcarrigan and Leitrim Village. They are operated by Smart Card. Smart Card costs 10 units €6.35/£5.50 20 Units €12.70/€11.
How to use Shore Power Bollard.
Fuel PointsThere are petrol stations in Leitrim village, Ballinamore and Ballyconnell - all are a short walk from the public moorings.
The Inspectorate of Navigation is responsible for enforcing the navigational bye-laws, maintaining a register of vessels and carrying out inspections of Waterways Ireland harbours and jetties to ensure that they are used and kept in a safe and responsible manner.
The Inspectorate is authorised to board craft, ask for and receive accurate information, impose fines, manage harbour moorings and order the removal of vessels from the navigations.
The Inspectorate frequently patrol the waterways by road and water, monitoring general boating practices. Any irresponsible behaviour or poor boatmanship is immediately brought to the attention of the owner of the craft. Craft speeding within speed restriction areas are similarly dealt with.
For further information on navigating and boat queries on the Shannon-Erne Waterway, contact the Inspectorate on the following:
Inspector of Navigation
+353 (0)90 649 4232
The 16 Locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway are operated by a smart card system. The operating consoles are located at the side of the lock and the card is inserted into the bottom of it. Diagrammatic instructions are given for the operating of the lock to allow passage. Please ensure the safety of all your passengers when the boat is in the lock.
Mar 14 - Apr 3
09:00 - 18:30
10:30 - 16:00
Apr 4 - Sep 25
09:00 - 20:30
09:00 - 18:00
Sep 26 - Nov 1
09:00 - 19:30
10:00 - 16:00
Nov 2 - Mar 13
09:00 - 12:30
10:00 - 12:30
Lunch Break 13:00 - 14:00
Waterway PatrollersWaterway Patrollers are present along the Shannon-Erne Waterway to assist boat users and can be contacted at the following numbers:
Lock 1 Tel no +44 28 6774 8976Lock 16 Tel no +353 87 2608569Ballinamore Tel no +353 87 2602478Ballyconnell Tel no +353 87 2603662Kilclare area Tel no +353 87 2603663
Maintenance WorksMaintenance works on the waterways are, where possible, carried out during the winter. When navigating any waterway between 1 November and 17 March you are advised to contact Waterways Ireland Operations Division or the Inspectorate before making your journey to confirm that the waterway is open.
Marine Notices are issued by the Inspectorate to draw the attention of boat users to navigational issues such as high water levels, navigation works and closures, and to highlight potential areas of danger. They also remind boat users of their obligations and responsibilities under the Navigation Bye-laws. Marine Notices are published on our website www.waterwaysireland.org
If you would like to receive Marine Notices by email, please send a request to
All boats with an engine capacity of more than 15bhp on the Shannon-Erne Waterway must be registered with Waterways Ireland Inspectorate. Registration is free of charge and can be completed through our online registration system here. You will be provided with a registration number which must be displayed in a prominent position on your boat. Boats registered on the Shannon-Erne Waterway do not need to reregister when moving to another waterway.
On the Shannon-Erne Waterway the mooring limit is 5 consecutive days or a total of 7 days in any one month during the period 1 April to 31 October.
Service blocks are provided by Waterways Ireland at six locations along the Shannon-Erne Waterway: Leitrim vVillage, Keshcarrigan, Ballinamore, Haughton's Shore, Ballyconnell and Aghalane. Facilities provided for waterway users include toilets, showers, pump-outs and laundry facilities. The facilities are operated by smart cards. Card readers are attached to each service block to enable users to check the number of units remaining on the smart card.
Units per ServiceLock Passage: 1 unitPump-outs: 2 unitsShowers: 2 unitsChemical Toilets: 2 unitsWashing Machines: 5 unitsTumble Dryers: 5 units2kwh Electricity: 1 unit
Pump-outsPump-outs are provided at each of the service blocks to enable the pumping out of sewage safely and cleanly removing the pollution risk to our waterways. These are operated by smart cards.
Slipways are provided at Leitrim Village, Keshcarrigan, Ballinamore, Haughton's Shore, Ballyconnell , Lock 7 and Aghalane.
Smart CardsSmart cards are used to operate the locks on the Shannon-Erne Waterway. They are also used to gain access to the service blocks and to use the facilities and pump-outs. Cards are available in either 10 units or 20 units. There is a card reader in each service block to enable users to check the number of units remaining on the smart cards.
Smart Cards cost €6.35 for a 10Unit card and €12.70 for a 20Unit card and can be purchased from the Waterway Patrollers, Waterways Ireland's online shop www.shopwaterwaysireland.org or from retail outlets along the waterway. Information on all outlets can be found here.
Units per ServiceLock Passage: 1 unitPump-outs: 2 unitsShowers: 2 unitsChemical Toilets: 2 unitsWashing Machines: 5 unitsTumble Dryers: 5 units
Speed Limit5km/h in channel stretches
Speed limits may also be in place on other sections of the waterway and are monitored by the Inspectorate.
Your WashYou are asked to consider the wash of your boat and its effect on others. All engine-powered boats create a wave of water, known as a wash, which flows outwards from the boat as it moves forward. Look behind you frequently to check the effect that your wash is having on other users. You are advised to reduce your speed in narrow channels to prevent bank erosion, damage to reed beds and destruction of birds' nests among reed and bank habitats. Slow down where boats are moored, when approaching quays, jetties or locks or where water activities are taking place.
There is no entrance to the Shannon Erne Waterway from the sea.
Marine Notice No 45 of 2020 - Shannon Erne Waterway - Roadmap for re-opening of the locks from 8th June 2020
Notice Number 45 of 2020
Marine Notice No 46 of 2020 - Shannon Erne Waterway - Low water levels - Cautionary Warning
Notice Number 46 of 2020