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The still navigable part of River Seine, south of Paris

LaRiver Seine Amont, River Seine upstream, Marcilly to Paris | waterways in France : Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 175 km
Number of locks: 6
Lock dimensions: 38.50 x 5.08
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 3.50
Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Commercial traffic and tourism
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Waterway has access to:

Canal du Loing | Canal in France
River Marne | France
River Seine - from Paris to the Sea | France
River Yonne | France

For the world, including French people, River Seine is the river of Paris, for Paris and the one crossing Paris. But, also rivers belonging to capitals have a normal spring somewhere. The Seine has a very noble place of birth, the charming hills of the northerly Côte d’Or, some kilometers away of Dijon and the most famous wine-yards of the world. It gets a companion at the beautiful town of Troyes,
the Canal de la Haute Seine.  This used to go from Nogent to Troyes and is actually navigable until Marcilly sur Seine. A further development until Troyes is projected. From Nogent to the confluence with River Yonne, it’s called Petite Seine, from there to Paris then, Haute Seine.

Boating from Île de France, Champagne – Ardennes; information for the Skipper:
Advantages: The Petite Seine offers together with the Yonne and the Canal du Loing a nice district for a boat holiday away of very busy routes.
Disadvantage: Villages along the Petite Seine are mostly rural or industrial oriented places.
Length (to Paris): 169 km; locks: 19;
Boat hirers: At the Yonne and the Canal de Bourgogne.
Together with the Yonne, the Petite Seine can be recommended for family holidays, but you have to be aware that the locks have Cargo ship dimensions.
Attention: Navigation on the Seine is within the borders of the capital only allowed if you have an appropriate license.

The Canal de la Haute Seine to Troyes would be the most interesting region, but at the moment it is not navigable. The Petite Seine with the nice towns of Marcilly and Noget is not developed for tourists. Towns along the Haute Seine are of no interest, perhaps because everybody seems to rush to Paris. Boatmen have two possibilities for landing, the Port de la Grenelle on the Seine, just above the Liberty Statue and the Port d’arsenal on the Canal St. Martin, this one is in the middle of the City next to Place de la Bastille, it is very attractive and popular, reservation is therefore absolutely necessary.

Food and Drinks
No comment for Marcilly and the way to the border of Paris and there is no need for one as far as the capital is concerned either.