Managing the River

The Environment Agency manages a significant proportion of the region’s rivers network, known as the Anglian Waterways stretching from Bedford to the Humber Estuary. This includes the rivers Great Ouse, Nene, Ancholme, Welland, Glen, Stour and the Black Sluice navigation.

The Anglian waterways are a unique asset and cover over 568km (353 miles) of river with associated locks and other facilities. They form part of our environmental and cultural inheritance and contribute to the local distinctiveness of this area. They also act as a catalyst for urban and rural regeneration, stimulate leisure, recreation and tourism, and can contribute to an integrated transport system.

Photograph by Graham Hanson

Interactive river guide

Try our interactive river guide here.

Anglian Waterways

Visit the Anglian Waterways website here.

Boating checklist

If you are new to boating or an old hand visiting Anglian Waterways for the first time, we have some advice to help you on your way. 

River Nene Navigation Notices

Please be aware Navigation Notices listed here are only updated Monday to Friday during office hours

River advice for boaters

Strong stream advice, river conditions, reach closures and restrictions affecting boaters on Anglian waterways. Visit here


Downloadable guides with more site information for different places along the River Nene and River Great Ouse (this can be accessed via the Middle level navigation).