Little Ouse

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River Little Ouse
The River Little Ouse is currently navigable from its confluence with the Great Ouse at Brandon Creek to Brandon Bridge. Brandon Lock, constructed in 1995 at just 45 feet in length prevents longer boats passing through to the town bridge. Smaller craft can continue another 3 km to Santon Downham where there are GOBA moorings. The river between Brandon and Thetford, once a main trade artery for the towns, was abandoned in the 1930s when the old staunches fell into disrepair. Fixed weirs erected by the Great Ouse River Authority in the 1960s now make navigation to Thetford impossible. Attempts to reinstate the navigation, supported by EAWA and Friends of the Little Ouse have so far been unsuccessful. In 2015, Thetford Town Council launched a new initiative to improve the river and eventually bring boats back to Thetford.
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