Trent-Severn Waterway will reopen for navigation on Friday

Parks Canada had closed 25 locks earlier in June due to high water levels and flows

Boaters coming through Lock 32 in Bobcaygeon. (Photo: Parks Canada / Facebook)
Boaters coming through Lock 32 in Bobcaygeon. (Photo: Parks Canada / Facebook)

Parks Canada has announced all locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway will be open for navigation at 9 a.m. on Friday (June 24).

The federal agency had closed 25 locks earlier in the month in the interests of public safety due to high water levels and flows caused by recent precipitation.

Parks Canada now states conditions are favourable to allow for the re-opening of closed locks.

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However, Parks Canada advises the flows will continue to increase along the Severn River, outside of navigation hours, until further notice.

The increased overnight flows are the result of water management dam adjustments to address the higher-than-normal water levels. Parks Canada says residents and boaters should consider these overnight flows as non-navigable.

While water levels and flows are on the decline, Parks Canada is also advising residents and visitors to continue to exercise extreme caution both on and around the water. They are strongly encouraging all boaters are to lower their speed to limit their wash and wake.