The French network of waterways includes 100 canals and rivers, totaling over 8,000 kilometers. There are dozens of possible cruises, along a single canal or into other inter-connected waterways. Boats (within size limits) can pass through from the English Channel to the Med.

EuroCanals Guide: Waterways of France

* Description of all navigable inland waterways in France

* Waterway details; length (km), draft, height, number of locks

* Description of local navigation charts and where to get them

* Suggested cruising routes

* Through-routes between the English Channel and the Med

* Buying a canal boat in France

* Self-Skippered Cruising; guide to all major hire-boat bases, with locations shown on maps.

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River Aa
River Adour
River Aisne
Canal lateral à la Aisne
Canal de l'Aisne à la Marne
Grand Canal d'Alsace
Canal des Ardennes
Canal d’Arles à Fos
C de la Vielle Autize
C de la Jeune Autize
River Baïse
Canal de Bergues
Canal du Blavet
Canal du Blavet
Canal de Bourbourg
Canal de Bourgogne
River Boutonne
Canal de Briare
Canal de Calais
Canal du Centre
Canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne
River Charente
River Cher
Canal de la Deûle
River Dordogne
Liaison Dunkerque-Escaut
River Escaut
Canal de Furnes
Canal de Garonne
River Garonne
Canal des Houillères de la Sarre
Canal d’Ille et Rance
River Isle
Canal du Loing
River Loire
Loire Maritime
Canal lateral à la Loire
River Lot Amont
River Lot Aval
River Lys
River Maine
River Marne
Canal lateral à la Marne
Canal de la Marne au Rhin (Ouest)
Canal de la Marne au Rhin (Est)
River Mayenne
Canal de la Meuse
Canal du Midi
Canal du Mignon
Canal de Montech
River Moselle
Canal de Nantes à Brest
Canal du Nivernais
Canal du Nord
River Oise
Canal lateral à l'Oise
Canal de l’Oise à l’Aisne
River Oudon
Canal de l'Ourcq
Rance Maritime
River Rhin
River Rhône
Canal du Rhône à Fos
Canal du Rhone au Rhin
Canal du Rhone à Sète
Canal de Roanne à Digoin
Canal de la Robine
Canal de Roubaix
Canal St-Denis
Canal St-Martin
Canal de St. Quentin
Canal de la Sambre à l’Oise
River Sambre
River Saône
River Sarthe
River Scarpe
River Seille
River Seine
R. Sèvre Niortaise
River Sèvre Nantaise
Canal de la Somme
River Vilaine
Canal des Vosges
River Yonne

Links to waterway authorities and associations:

IWI - Inland Waterways International

VNF (Voies Navigable de France) - national waterway authority

Rhone river (Compagnie Nationale du Rhone)

ANPEI - Association Nationale des Plaisanciers en Eaux Interieures

Visit the EuroCanals website Canals and Rivers of Paris