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The City operates two navigation locks that give access from the tidal waterways into lake systems. Navigation locks on the Gold Coast exist for the effective flow of water. There is also a third navigation lock at Oyster Cove that gives access from Saltwater Creek into Oyster Cove. This navigation lock is not operated by the City. For all enquiries please contact Oyster Cove Management 07 5514 0633.

Find the link to the Application for boat lock remote control access key and public use instructions below.

Boobegan Creek

The Boobegan Creek lock is located at Carrara and provides access from the Robina Lakes and Clear Island Waters to the Nerang River. Located between the Tri Care Retirement Village opposite Carrara Markets and the Rhode Island Development, the lock is about 800 metres upstream of the bridge crossing on Nerang Broadbeach Road. The maximum dimensions of boats that can use the lock are: length 15 metres, width 4 metres and draft 2.3 metres.  

The lock is operational 24 hours per day except during times of intense rain. During any flooding events the lock is not available for use by vessels. 

Monterey Keys

The Monterey Keys lock is located between Saltwater Terrace and John Dalley Drive at Monterey Keys. Providing access from Monterey Keys Lake at Helensvale to Saltwater Creek, the maximum dimensions of boats that can use this lock are: length 12 metres, width (beam) 6.65 metres and draft 1.35 metres. This lock is operational 24 hours. 

For further information call 07 5667 3750 or email

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