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Hours of Operation

2020 Navigation Season

Picture of Boats on the Canal

September 14, 2020

The hours of operation for the 2020 season are as follows:

Effective Thursday, September 17, 2020, all locks and lift bridges on the Canal system will operate daily between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Last Day of Navigation

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. All recreational and commercial vessel operators should plan their trips to ensure they exit the system by that time.

The October 14th closure allows Canal Corporation employees and its contractors the ability to begin working on a backlog of maintenance projects that were deferred earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the weather is favorable, and will ensure projects will be completed ahead of the 2021 season, which is currently scheduled to begin in May barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The Canal Corporation urges all users to register to receive updates through the “Notice to Mariners” notification program at

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