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The very beautiful River “Le Chèr” is because of problems with the pin weirs not navigable at the moment.


River Cher Navigable | France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 40 km
Number of locks: 11
Lock dimensions: 34.00 x 5.00
Max. depth: 0.70
Max. headroom: 4.50
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Not navigable all through
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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The canalized River Cher between St. Aignan and Tours
The old Canal du Berry flows into River Cher at Noyers sur Cher and becomes navigable as from there. It's a very beautiful river accompanied by wine yards. It passes the famous Château de Chenonceaux and has the biggest lock houses of France. These huge houses used to offer two flats, one for the lock keeper and one for the person responsible for the weir belonging to the lock. In the golden eighties of the last century, one decided to make the river and parts of the Canal du Berry navigable again for tourism. The connecting lock between Canal du Berry and River Cher was restored and a very generous port was built in the underflow. Then, restoration of the bridge lock of Saint Aignan followed and things should have continued like this al the way to Tours. 

Then, restoration of the bridge lock of Saint Aignan followed and things should have continued like this al the way to Tours. 
But, everything came to an end here. As with many French river tourism projects, one starts with big enthusiasm and publicity but after two lock and 6 km course of the river, the entire provided capital has run down the leaky pin weirs.
It's not clear what will happen in future. Politicians keep announcing that they will fight until the cows come home for the navigability of this gorgeous river! Emile de Girardin sayd very nicely: "Gouverner, c'est prévoir"! Freely translated; planning replaces hazard by error

Les Amis du Chèr navigable


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