Guide n° 10 Pays de la Loire

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The Sarthe, the Mayenne, the Oudon, the Maine and the Loire between Bouchemaine and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • 21 x 29,7 cm - 112 pages
  • ISBN 2-913120-74-1
  • Last updated 2022

The Sarthe and the Mayenne are the most important tributaries on the right bank of the Loire. No longer used for commercial traffic, these rivers, with the Oudon, are now reserved for leisure craft. Navigation conditions are easy as the locks are small and, for the most part, operated by lock-keepers.

The guide will give you information on lock operation, the annual closures (which affect each river one year in three) and bridge heights which are quite restricting upstream from Laval.

The link between the rivers of Anjou and the Brittany canals is assured by the Loire river, officially navigable for a distance of 80 km between Nantes and Bouchemaine. The current is fast and a powerful motor is required to enable you to get through several difficult sections. Thanks to the efforts of VNF, the channel is well buoyed but the last kilometres before Bouchemaine can be very shallow so you should take advice before casting off. In the last edition we have added the Loire estuary between Nantes and the Atlantic Ocean.