France » Canal de la Sambre à l`Oise et Sambre | River and Canal in France

A waterway from the south east of Belgium to Picardy

Canal de la Sambre à l`Oise et Sambre | River and Canal in France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 47 km
Number of locks: 47
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de Saint Quentin | Canal in France
Canal du Nord | French Canal

River Oise and the Canal de la Sambre à L’Oise
The connection from the Oise and the Canal St. Quentin in France to the Sambre in the south of Belgium was opened in 1838. For leisure boaters, this is probably the most comfortable way from Paris to the southeast of Belgium with Maas (Meuse) and Julianakanaal. The canal remained in the “Freycinet-Gabarit”, therefore, it only takes small commercial vessels. Big vessels use for this stretch the connection Canal du Nord – Deule – Schelde. For this reason, there is hardly any traffic on the Sambre à l’Oise.

There is not much of it around here. The landscape is not very spectacular and there are, as in the rest of Pas de Calais and Picardie, military cemeteries everywhere, being evidence of the many wars that have taken place in this badly oppressed region