Information – Water levels on Göta Canal

AB Göta Kanalbolag continuously followes the water levels in the lakes which Göta Canal fetches its water from. This years low groundwater levels in south-east Sweden, and the low-precipitation winter have led to a level of water levels in Vättern below normal. 

Update August 17th
Connecting lakes still remain at low water levels. The canal section between Norsholm and Carlsborg in Östergötland has been further affected and current water level is now 2.40 m. Since Göta Canal now enters the pre-booking season this means that boats with draught greater than 2.40 m can not enter the canal on the section Norsholm - Mem. 

The section Motala - Berg is still affected, and current water level there is 2.70 m.

 

Update July 28th
Connecting lakes still remain stable at low water levels. The canal section between Norsholm and Carlsborg in Östergötland is still affected and current water level there is now 2.50 m. The section between Motala lock and the Carl Johan locks in Berg are also affected and current water level there is 2.70 m. Other sections of the Göta Canal remain unchanged.

For the largest passenger boats Juno, Diana and Wilhelm Tham this has resulted in changed routes and for more information on these, please refer to Rederi AB Göta kanal. Other passenger boats depart as usual according to their respective timetable.

Owners of boats with draught greater than 2.40 m should remain aware that the Motala Harbour fairway is affected and that there is now an alternative route for passage into and out of the Göta Canal. See here for a map of the alternative route. Owners of shallower boats may continue to use the regular fairway into Motala Harbour. We encourage everyone to study nautical charts carefully and to check current water levels water levels, using UFS/NtM (Notices to Mariners).

 

Update July 26th
Connecting lakes still remain stable at low water levels. The canal section between Norsholm and Carlsborg in Östergötland is still affected and current water level there is 2.60 m while other sections of the Göta Canal remain unchanged.

For the largest passenger boats Juno, Diana and Wilhelm Tham this has resulted in changed routes and for more information on these, please refer to Rederi AB Göta kanal. Other passenger boats depart as usual according to their respective timetable.

Owners of boats with draught greater than 2.40 m should remain aware that the Motala Harbour fairway is affected and that there is now an alternative route for passage into and out of the Göta Canal. See here for a map of the alternative route. Owners of shallower boats may continue to use the regular fairway into Motala Harbour. We encourage everyone to study nautical charts carefully and to check current water levels water levels, using UFS/NtM (Notices to Mariners).

 

Update July 18th
Connecting lakes remain stable at low water levels. However, the water level in Lake Asplången has decreased even further and is still affecting the canal section between Norsholm and Carlsborg in Östergötland. The current water level is 2.60 m while other sections of the Göta Canal remain unchanged. Owners of boats with draught greater than 2.40 m should remain aware that the Motala Harbour fairway is affected and that there is now an alternative route for passage into and out of the Göta Canal. See here for a map of the alternative route. Owners of shallower boats may continue to use the regular fairway into Motala Harbour. We encourage everyone to study nautical charts carefully and to check current water levels water levels, using UFS/NtM (Notices to Mariners).

 

Update July 6th
Lake Vättern and Lake Roxen remain stable at low water levels. The water level in Lake Asplången has seen a slight decrease for some time and is now affecting the canal section between Norsholm and Carlsborg in Östergötland. The current water level there is now 2.70 m while other sections of the Göta Canal remain unchanged. Owners of boats with draught greater than 2.40 m should remain aware that the fairway into Motala Harbour is affected and that there is an alternative route for passage into and out of the Göta Canal. Click here to see the map of the alterative route. 

Owners of shallower boats may continue to use the regular fairway into Motala Harbour. We encourage everyone to study nautical charts carefully and to check current water levels water levels, using UFS/NtM (Notices to Mariners).

 

Update June 29th
Both in Lake Vättern and Lake Roxen, the low water levesl remain, but the Göta Canal still remain its controlled level. Boat owners with boats deeper than 2.40 m should be aware that the fairway in Motala harbor is affected and that there is now an option to reach the canal. Click here to see the map of the alternative route.
Boaters with founder hulls can still choose the regular fairway in Motala harbor, but we urge them to carefully study charts and follow prevailing water levels via NtM by Swedish Maritime Administration.

 

Update June 2nd
The low water levels in lake Vättern remain, but the Göta Canal still remains its controlled level.
However, we would like boat owners with boats deeper than 2.40 m to notice that the fairway in Motala harbor can be affected and that there is an option to reach the canal. Click here to see the map of the alternative route.

Boat owners with founder hulls can still choose the regular fairway. Though, refer to carefully studying charts and following prevailing water levels via NtM by Swedish Maritime Administration.

 

Uppdate May 19th
The water levels in Vättern are relatively unchanged and preparations are now being made for the planned moving of the fairway in Motala harbor. Pontoons are being removed yesterday and bottom investigations are being made in the ongoing project.

The fairway will stay unchanged until other information is clarified via the NtM by the Swedish Maritime Administration.

 

Update May 10th
Fairway to be rectified in Motala harbor
Göta Kanalbolag initiates immediate projecting to restore the old fairway into Motala harbor. This is a direct action to ensure accessibility in the roadway into Motala harbor and further to and from Göta Canal despite lake Vättern's low water levels.

This means that the capacity of places in the harbor needs to be reduced, but we estimate that accessibility in Motala port will only be affected during a short period of the peak season.

Göta Kanalbolag continues to measure and follow water levels in lake Vättern and other waterways / lakes that affect the Göta Canal fairway. As a boat owner you are referred to carefully study charts and follow prevailing water levels via the NtM by the Swedish Maritime Administration.

 

Update May 5th
In today's messuring we noted that the negative trend is affecting parts of the Göta Canal.

Are you as a boat owner affected?
There are only few, very deep boats that are affected by these water levels. Please read the chart carefully and follow the current water levels via NtM by Swedish Maritime Administration.

Our website will be updated continuously with ongoing information.


Areas affected:
Motala marina including the lock