The management and operation of York’s rivers is taken care of by several organisations.
- for navigation issues on the River Ouse, contact the Canal and Rivers Trust
- for navigation issues on the River Foss, please contact us
- at least 2 days before you wish to travel on the River Foss, please telephone: 07588 236597 and leave a message which includes both your contact details and boat details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details, see Inland Waterways Association, North Riding Branch
48 hour visitor moorings are located between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge on the northern riverbank. Boaters need to be aware that parts of this area are also used by tour boats, a seasonal boat-based café and for Royal Gun salutes.
In flood conditions, the moorings are completely submerged. The Canal and River Trust are responsible for the enforcement of mooring bylaws. Toilet, Elsan, refuse disposal and fresh water facilities are available within the Starr Inn complex.
Please note: we do not have any residential moorings.
Life buoys are inspected weekly and missing or damaged belts and ropes are replaced. To report a missing or damaged life buoy, contact us quoting the unique number of the life buoy housing.
For water quality issues, please contact the Environment Agency. To report a pollution incident, call the Environment Agency 24 hour pollution hotline, telephone: 0800 807060.
Fishing is free on River Ouse and Foss on river banks we own in the city centre, however a rod licence is required; visit the Environment Agency website for information.
Here is a list of council-owned river banks in York:
- RSPCA / Landing Lane downstream to North Street Gardens, Terry Avenue (starting once you are past the residential moorings downstream, stopping once reach the farmland)
- River Ouse - west bank
- River Ouse - east bank
- Clifton Bridge downstream to Marygate Landing Skeldergate Bridge downstream to York Motor Yacht Club
- River Foss
- Foss Basin
- West Bank - Huntington Road upstream to Yearsley Bridge South / East bank - Upstream of the new bridge to Peasholme Green to Layerthorpe Bridge, then Monkbridge Gardens upstream to Yearsley Bridge
Flooding and warping
Many of York's riverside footpaths and parks regularly become unusable when river levels are high, including:
- Dame Judi Dench Walk
- Kings Staith
- Queens Staith
- Tower Gardens
- New Walk
- Terry Avenue
- Rowntree Park
Once river levels recede and when re-flooding is not thought to be imminent, riverside footpaths are cleared of silt, mud and debris; this is known as 'warping'.
For more information on flooding, contact the Environment Agency's Floodline on tel: 0845 9881188.
See emergency plans for flooding in York.
More about York's local rivers
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The River Derwent rises on Flyingdales Moor and reaches the River Ouse at Barmby on the Marsh. It marks York's eastern boundary for 16km (10 miles), running through the parishes of Kexby, Elvington and Wheldrake.
The area around Wheldrake is the start of the internationally important Lower Derwent National Nature Reserve; for more information, visit Natural England.