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River Dee


Information about events on the River Dee can be found on the River Dee section of the Visit Cheshire website.

Boat and trailer parking

  • Boat/trailer daily parking: £1 per hour/£2 for over two hours
  • Boat/trailer overnight parking: not applicable

River Dee etiquette

When using a craft on the River Dee it is important to make sure that all users adhere to and are aware of the byelaws of the River. A full version of the River Dee byelaws can be found below.

When using the river people are also encouraged to respect/be aware of other river users for the safety and enjoyment of all. To help reduce possible conflicts and accidents a courtesy code for the river is available.

Launching and recovery

Slipways are available to the public for launch and recovery of trailed boats. All boats must be licensed at the time of launching. Seasonal permits for launch and recovery are available.

Tidal information

Information about tidal times on the River Dee can be found on our tidal times webpage.


We provide and maintain lifebelts along our owned river bank. The lifebelts are inspected weekly for condition and repaired as needed. We work hard to ensure that should you ever need to use one, a lifebelt is available and in the best condition.

If you would like to report a damaged or missing lifebelt please contact Regulatory Services using the email or phone 0300 1238123.

Swimming in open water

Open water is not considered to be of bathing quality as it can contain sewage, livestock contamination, and pollution from farming or industry. Anyone can become unwell from swimming in open water as there will always be micro-organisms present. Because of this, we do not encourage swimming in the river Dee.

However, if you do wish to swim in the Dee we recommend that you read the Public Health England leaflet: Swim Healthy (PDF, 2MB).

Further information about river water quality can also be found on the Surfers against sewage website.

Where to find help

  • By post: Regulatory Services, Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Forum, Chester CH1 2HS.
  • Telephone: 0300 1237737

Further information