Sports and leisure

The River Ouse

The Canal and Rivers Trust is responsible for the River Ouse which runs for approximately 21km (13 miles) through York stretching from the parish of Nether Poppleton in the north to Naburn in the south.

Check who's responsible for fly-tipping in and along York's rivers; for water quality issues including pollution incidents, contact the Environment Agency.

Moorings for visiting boats

48 hour visitor moorings are located between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge on the northern riverbank of the River Ouse (see a map of facilities).

Please note:

  • in flood condition these moorings are completely submerged
  • basic toilet, Elsan, refuse disposal and fresh water facilities are available within Yorkshire Museum Gardens between 1 April and 30 September, via a Canal and Rivers Trust access key
  • the area is also used by tour boats and a seasonal boat-based cafe
  • Royal Gun salutes take place from Yorkshire Museum Gardens. For safety reasons moorings directly below firing positions are closed from 9.00am until 12.30pm on Salute days:
    • 6 February: Accession Day, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne
    • 21 April: birthday of Her Majesty the Queen
    • 2 June: Coronation Day, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's coronation
    • 10 June: birthday of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
    • 14 June: official birthday of Her Majesty the Queen

Moorings for residential and private boats

Residential and private moorings can be found in the Fulford, Bishopthorpe and Acaster Malbis areas. York Marina, which is 6.4 km (4 miles) south of the city centre, offers both annual mooring and overnight stops.

We do not run any residential moorings.

Public Slipways

Public slipway onto the River Ouse are available in the following locations:

Blue Bridge Slipway

  • Location: bottom of Blue Bridge Lane, Fishergate
  • Maximum width: 2.75m
  • Nearest car park: St George's Fields

Kings Staithe Slipway

  • Location: bottom of Lower Friargate, Kings Staithe
  • Maximum width: 2.75 m
  • Nearest car park: St George's Fields
  • Note: Kings Staithe is part of the adopted highway, take note of traffic regulations in place)

Marygate Public Landing

  • Location: bottom of Marygate.
  • Nearest car park: Marygate
  • Note: no moorings at the landing, keep publicly available at all times.

Queen’s Staithe Public Wharf

  • Location: south of Ouse Bridge, bottom of Queen’s Staithe Road.
  • Parking: the Staithe is subject to a traffic order, check traffic restrictions.
  • Note: no moorings at the wharf, must be kept available for public loading and unloading of goods (1989 Navigation Order). Do not secure vessels to the gantries.


The River Ouse is the home for York City Rowing Club, University of York, University of York St John and St Peters School Rowing Clubs. York City Rowing Club organises a number of annual regattas:

  • March: Yorkshire Head
  • May: Spring Regatta
  • June: Summer Regatta
  • September: Autumn Sprint
  • November: York Small Boats Head

York Millennium Bridge

York Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cycle route over the River Ouse. It joins New Walk to Terry Avenue, south of York city centre, creating a 3.2 km (2 mile) circular walk and short cuts to Rowntree Park, York Racecourse and the University of York - get more details via Visit York or see other countryside walks.

River Tours and boating

There are a number of guided river trips and self-drive boats operating on the River Ouse, get information via Visit York.

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551