France » River Mayenne, L'Oudon et La Maine | France
River Mayenne in the valley of the Anjou, very nice Rosé wine is growing here
River Mayenne, L'Oudon et La Maine | France: Characteristics & Overview
Rating of waterway
|Length of waterway:||122 km|
|Number of locks:||45|
|Lock dimensions:||30.00 x 5.00|
|Max. depth:||1.40||Max. headroom:||2.80|
|Degree of difficulty:||Some experience is an advantage|
|Requirements:||No license asked for hired boats|
|Character of waterway:||back to nature, old waterway, to be rediscovered|
|Profile of waterway:||Used by tourists only|
Waterway has access to:River Sarthe / Small River Le Loire / France
The River has its spring at La Lacelle and flows through the department Mayenne from north to south. It is navigable from the town Mayenne and meets with the Sarthe at Angers. Until the beginning of the last century, merchant shipping was prospering but had to be closed down in the sixties. It got quiet on the river. But not for long, already in the beginning of the eighties the, Region Pays de la Loire, restored it and it was for tourism. Today, this region belongs to the best, a house-boat hirer can find in France.
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The river is navigable for 80 km only and therefore the shortest navigable river of France, probably even of Europe. Navigation starts at the small town of Segré at km 17, crosses Le Lion d’Angers with the national stud “Haras national”, after another 2 km it flows into la Mayenne, which shortly after goes together with Sarthe, and they are then called Maine. River Maine has a short “live” of 11 km only, it flown below Angers into the Loire.
Friends of natural surroundings and quietness shall feel very comfortable on the upper stretch of the river, between Laval and Mayenne. There are hardly any villages between the two towns, the banks are often cliffy and inhospitable and you have to work the locks by yourself outside of season. Since one hardly gets this opportunity anymore, it can be a nice experience, especially with children. This stretch is with 33 kilometers only short but has 17 locks. In the lower, southerly part, one gets to the towns of Chateau-Gontier and Angers. Between them lie some charming villages. The area is also well known for its castles and mills.
Vine and Dine
If one manages to find a Restaurant, wonderful dishes are served. Pike-perch from the Loire, fish stew, canard, apples etc. and this all accompanied by the vines of the Anjou, by cider and Cointreau.