In April 1945, the 100-metre wide canal was a significant obstacle to Allied forces advancing from the Ems estuary into Germany. Forces of the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division assaulted over the canal on 19 April and secured a bridgehead. "Küsten Canal" was awarded as a battle honour to the British Columbia Regiment, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), Algonquin Regiment, Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, Lincoln and Welland Regiment, and Royal New Brunswick Regiment.
- Length: 69.63 km
- Water depth: 3.50 m
- Bridge clearance: 4.50 m
- Category IV inland waterway
In many places the canal runs parallel to the B 401.
See also 
c-Port, an association and trading estate on the canal.
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- Wasser- und Schifffahrtsamt Meppen (German)
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- Das Projekt Küstenkanal der Grundschule Friedrichsfehn (German)