France » Canal de l'Ourcq | Canal in Paris
The small canal of the Parisians
Canal de l'Ourcq | Canal in Paris: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||108 km|
|Number of locks:||10|
|Lock dimensions:||58.80 x 3.20|
|Max. depth:||0.80||Max. headroom:||2.60|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Requirements:||No license asked for hired boats|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, with urban surroundings|
|Profile of waterway:||Used by tourists only|
Waterway has access to:Canaux de Paris | Canal St. Martin | Canal St. Denis | Seine à Paris | French Canals
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(It was built by Napoleon, first of in order to supply Paris with enough drinking water)
The brook has its spring just south of the woods of Retz in an agricultural area. After a few km already it becomes a canal and goes over Meaux to Paris, to the Basin de la Villette, it meets there its brothers, Canal St. Denis and Canal St. Martin.
Because of its lock dimensions however, it’s only navigable for boats being less than 3.20 m wide.
Advantage: Starts in Paris
Disadvantage: Starts in Paris
Length: 108 km; locks: 10; boat hirers: one year yes, the other no!
The area upstream is rather rural despite the closeness to the city, but Parisians do know this as well, it’s not always calm.