Operating times

During peak season, set aside three days for the section from Köpmannebro to Bengtsfors, and two days from Bengtsfors to Nössemark. In June and August, you can travel more quickly.
To fully enjoy the Dalsland Canal, with all its ancillary channels, and have time to visit the fantastic sights and locations the area has to offer, we recommend that you set aside five to seven days. At the same time, we’d like to underline that it actually takes weeks in order to explore every section of the lake system.

Please note:

We would like to draw your attention to the fact that, during peak season, queues may form at Håverund lock station, as passenger boats are given priority. With this in mind, we recommend planning your trip so you can pass the lock before 10.00 a.m. or after 4.00 pm. This will shorten your wait considerably.


The table below shows the time required for passage at each lock station (not including waiting time), and the time it takes to reach the next station.



Lock stations and number of locks per station Lockage time per station (not including waiting time) Operating time to next lock* Total distance (10 km) Total distance (km)
Köpmannebro -1 10 min 45 min 4.8 8.8
Upperud -2 20 min 10 min 0.9 2.0
Håverud -4 60 min 20 min 1.9 3.6
Buterud 1 10 min 40 min 5.4 10.0
Mustadfors -1 15 min 10 min 1.0 1.9
Långed -4 60 min 10 min 0.3 0.7
Långbron -1 15 min 25 min 3.4 6.2
Billingsfors -2 30 min 5 min 0.4 0.8
18:e -1 10 min 10 min 0.5 0.9
19:e och 20:e -2 30 min 15 min 1.7 3.1
Bengtsfors -2 25 min 160 min 21.5 39.8
Lennartsfors -3 30 min 95 min 10.8 20.0
Töcksfors -2 60 min
Bengtsfors -2 25 min 100 min
Gustavsfors -1 20 min 45 min
Krokfors -2 25 min
Köpmannebro -1 10 min 10 min
Snäcke -1 20 min 45 min
Strömmen -1 15 min

* Based on a speed of 8 knots in the open water and a top speed of 5 knots on channels.

Don’t forget that you may not begin to lock through if it is anticipated that lockage will be completed after closing time.

Operating times – Tour of Western Sweden: 1.5–2 weeks

If you decide to travel along the Dalsland Canal, taking land transportation to Västerhavet, continuing southwards along the Bohuslän coastline and then returning to your starting point, set aside 1.5 to 2 weeks in total. This is entirely dependent on the weather conditions along the Bohuslän coastline.

Gothenburg–Vänersborg (around 14 hours).

The Trollhätte Canal section (or the River Göta Älv) stretches from Gothenburg to Vänersborg. (33 nm.)

A speed limit of 5 or 7 knots is in effect on certain sections. A limit of 10 knots applies on all other sections. Expect a counter current of around 2 knots on certain sections. There are three lock stations along the canal:

  • Lilla Edet 1 lock
  • Trollhättan 4 locks
  • Brinkebergskulle 1 lock

Depending on the traffic; that is, the volume of professional services, set aside 1 day for the section between Gothenburg and Trollhättan (8–10 hours).

For the remaining section of Trollhättan–Vänersborg (8 nm), set aside a period of around 4 hours, (including lockage in the Trollhätte Canal and at Brinkebergskulle).


Vänersborg – Köpmannebro

The distance between Vänersborg and Köpmannebro is around 30 nm.

Based on an average speed of around 6 knots, this means it will take you 5 hours to reach Köpmannebro. Don’t forget to listen to the shipping forecast before heading out on Lake Vänern. The wind can get up really quickly.