France » River Marne | France
River Marne, a waterway from Champagne to the capital of Paris
River Marne | France: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||178 km|
|Number of locks:||18|
|Lock dimensions:||45.00 x 7.70|
|Max. depth:||1.80||Max. headroom:||4.40|
|Degree of difficulty:||Demanding|
|Requirements:||No license asked for hired boats|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, with urban surroundings|
|Profile of waterway:||Commercial traffic and tourism|
|Facilities groundside:||Not sufficiant|
Waterway has access to:Canal latéral à la Marne | Canal in France
Canaux de Paris | Canal St. Martin | Canal St. Denis | Seine à Paris | French Canals
LaRiver Seine Amont, River Seine upstream, Marcilly to Paris | waterways in France
The spring of River Marne sputters just a few meters above the 5 km long tunnel of Balesmes, on the Canal Marne – Saône. The river flows then eastwards, past Chaumont and Langres to Vitry le François. From there, it used to be the connection to the Seine until 1850, when the side canal was built.
Today, the Marne is navigable from Epernay and flows at Paris into the Seine. Normally, the river is peaceful but with high waters, navigation is demanding because of the rather narrow radiuses of its windings.
The upper half is very rural but soon after, closeness to the Capital becomes more and more manifest and the last 30 km go through the suburbs of Paris.
Boating holiday between the Champagne and Paris:
Advantage: An interesting, diverting river.
Disadvantage: Heavy commercial traffic, increasing towards Paris, only few wharfs for leisure boats.
Once past the charming Champagne town of Epernay, things become rather cheerless. The culinary offers towards Paris get worse and worse but more and more expensive. And, apart from Meaux, which is really worth a visit, there is nothing much to be seen.
Vine and dine
there are two highlights, Epernay and Meaux. In Epernay, the entire offers of the Champagne are available and Meaux is famous for both “Brie de Meaux” and mustard, “Moutarde de Meaux”. The most comfortable place to taste these is at Varedes, a small village just before Meaux, between Canal de l’Ourcq and the Marne. (Tie up at Germiny-l’Evêque, PK 121). There is no vine production in this area, but Champagne is near!