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River Baïse, a rather lonesome waterway from River Garonne into the Pyrenean extensions

River Baïse | France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 51 km
Number of locks: 21
Lock dimensions: 30.00 x 4.20
Max. depth: 1.00
Max. headroom: 3.00
Degree of difficulty: For beginners (few locks)
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de Garonne | French Canals
River Garonne / Gironde / Dordogne / l'Isle | France
River Lot | France

A charming river in Aquitaine, La Baïse
The Baïse is a small, attractive affluent of River Garonne. It springs in the Pyrenees, south of Lannemezan on nearly 2000 meters over sea level and very near the border of Spain. It is navigable from Valence sur Baïse to its mouth into the Garonne and from here, one gets after a few km onto River Lot. From Buzet sur Baïse one reaches after two locks the Canal lateral à la Garonne where one can either take direction to Bordeaux or the Canal du Midi. It can happen that this river is closed over a short period because of high waters but this is rather seldom during high season.

Information to the River
Advantages: Beautiful landscapes, very good food, entry to Garonne and Lot, no commercial traffic.

Disadvantage: A bit isolated.
An ideal river for a houseboat holiday for families

Softly swinging hillsides pass through this landscape from the north to the south, ending at the foot of the Pyrenees. The main part of it is agriculturally used and therefore towns like Nerac, Condom and Lavardac have rural characteristics. You will find in this region a lot of beautiful places, natural parks, lakes and walking paths. It is also well known for its Antiquity shops. If you like to meet one of the rare bears of the Pyrenees, you have to leave your boat for some time at the end of the navigable part and follow the river by foot into the mountains….

House Boat Hire River Baïse, France

Locaboat Holidays, Agen & Valance sur Baïse

Le Boat, Baïse

Aquitaine Navigation, Buzet

Les Canalous, Damazan

Flusskreuzfahrten / Ausflugschiffe

Wine and Dine
There are a lot of Geese in the Pyrenees and where Geese are there is Fois Gras. Widely spread is one-dish meals with beans pork or lamb, but also apple tarts and snails or the Tarte aveyroise. Wines produced in this region are Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and the Vins des Pays des Côtes de Gascoigne.
And very nearby the precious Armagnac is burnt.