As a ”side trip” from our Göta Canal trip in 2012, we explored the very interesting Kinda (pronounced “sheenda”) canal.
The canal, opened in 1872, connects a group of beautiful lakes and has 15 locks, with a combined lift of about 150’.
Locks are 80’ long, 14’ wide and handle boats with a maximum draft of about 5’. All locks are manually operated, mostly by retired volunteers and students on summer holiday. It’s a lot of work for them and they welcome help from any available crew members.
The canal, unfortunately, has a low fixed bridge which allows only boats with a height of 10’ or less to pass. With prior arrangement, the friendly lock keepers are agreeable to coordinating a period of temporary low water, so that somewhat higher boats can pass under this bridge.
Traversing this canal is a real back-to-nature experience. You are far away from high-season tourism. We were told by a lock keeper that the canal has only about 800-900 boats visiting each season.
You can read a bit more about the canal here:
Explanation of photos below:
(NOTE: CLICK ON THE FIRST PICTURE AND THEN YOU CAN SCROLL THROUGH THEM IN THE LARGER SIZE)
2) Entrance to the Kinda Canal
Close up of a manually operated lock gate
Inside a series of locks
Inside a lock, looking aft toward the town of Linköping
Inside a lock. Fortunately most had better “walls” than this one
Moored in the distance waiting to pass through this series of locks
Moored for the night(!) in one lock. The lock keeper invited us to spend the night inside the lock, as it was closer to the electric supply. He had no standard power hookups, but brought his tools to temporarily tap off the power supply to the electric bridge ahead of us.
Inside a lock
Proceeding up the “staircase”. It’s interesting how they do this, letting the water in from the top with all the lock gates open. Saves time and effort for the lock keepers, though all the rushing water can be a bit dramatic to experience.