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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
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

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LaRiver Seine Amont, River Seine upstream, Marcilly to Paris | waterways in France
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Canal de l’Ourcq, a supply of drinking water? Or, much rather a canalized brook?
(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. 

Information for a boat holiday:
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.