Winter Recreational Vessel Lockage Schedule

Notice Number: 201280/22-15

Date: 09/15/2022 00:00 thru 05/14/2023 23:59

Winter recreational lockage will be made during daylight hours only, on request, at each of the Portland District locks beginning September 15, 2022 and continuing through May 14, 2023. Facilities affected are:

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


Before and after the annual navigation lock outage, commercial vessels will have lockage priority over recreational vessels. At the discretion of the lock operator, recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial vessels.

Portland District requests that recreational vessels contact the navigation lock control room at least 30 minutes prior to their arrival at the lock. Vessel owner/operators requesting lockage shall contact the lock operator on duty using Marine Channel 14 or commercial telephone. This will allow the control room to prepare for their transit and will provide vessel operators with general timeframes for their lockage. Control room contact information is listed below:

Bonneville Lock and Dam Chief Operator on Duty 541-374-8323
The Dalles Lock and Dam Chief Operator on Duty 541-506-8211
John Day Lock and Dam Chief Operator on Duty 541-298-9712


All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk. A personal flotation device is required for every member 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. Army Corps of Engineers Safe Lockage Policy for Recreational Craft on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, published separately, for additional safety requirements.


For additional information on recreational schedules and locking through, please visit the website at:



Casey O’Donnell
Technical Manager for Navigation
Portland District, USACE