Canal du Loing
|Canal du Loing|
Canal du Loing at Cepoy
|Length||49.4 km (30.7 mi)|
|Locks||19 (originally 20)|
|Principal engineer||Régemortes (father and son)|
|Start point||Saint-Mammès on the Seine|
|End point||Buges near Montargis|
|Connects to||Canal de Briare and Seine|
|Note||Lock 20 is disused since level of the Seine was changed.|
The Canal du Loing is a 49.4 km long canal which connects the Seine at Saint-Mammès to the Briare Canal just north of Montargis, in central France. It runs through the Loiret and Seine-et-Marne départements.
Philippe II, Duke of Orléans sought letters patent to build the canal in 1720, and it was completed in 1723. 3815 barges passed through in 1752 alone. Lock 20 is disused today, leaving 19 locks. The total fall is about 37m.
The valley is wooded and pleasant throughout, with lakes resulting from former gravel pits. Commercial traffic has declined significantly, but the canal remains open all year round to accommodate barges, mostly carrying grain for export. The route is popular with private boats, and also sees some hire boats and hotel barges.
- Structurae website translated
- Canal du Loing maps and details of places, ports and moorings on the canal, by the author of Inland Waterways of France, 8th ed., 2010, Imray
- Navigation details for 80 French rivers and canals (French waterways website section)