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Another canal on the way from Paris to Lyon

Canal du Loing | Canal in France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 49 km
Number of locks: 18
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal d'Orléans | Canal of France
Canal de Briare | Canal of France
LaRiver Seine Amont, River Seine upstream, Marcilly to Paris | waterways in France

Canal du Loing
Coming from Paris one leaves the Seine at St. Mammès and gets onto the Canal du Loing, after 50 kms it leads into the Canal de Briare already. It is a very good-natured canal with little transportation traffic.
Is not of much importance in this area but the city of Nemour is worthwhile a visit. Since the Loing valley is a side valley of the Loire, some very nice castles can be found around here.  Between Cépoy and Mortargis, the Canal d’Orleans is turning off but it is not navigable anymore. (There is now and then spoken about a reopening).
Wine and Dine
We are here at the border to Nivernais with its very tasty Charolais beef. The typical French inland cokking is being served and quality can be of a rather wide range..!

Information to the Canal de Loing
Advantage: Good infrastructure, not too many tourists. Houseboats can be hired at the affiliated Canal de Briare or at the Canal lateral à la Loire.
Disadvantage: None
Recommended for families!

Houseboat Hire in France, Canal du Loing
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