la Charente

The Charente

La Charente

The source is Chéronnac and the mouth is Atlantic Ocean.

Navigation on the Charente starts at Angoulême and ends at Rochefort.

The Charente is 381 kilometres long (236.74 miles) with a total of 179 kilometres of navigable waterway.

There is a total of 22 locks, with an average of 1 lock every 8.14 kilometres (5.06 miles).

We've divided the Charente into the following different sections.

From Angoulême to Salignac-sur-Charente

The water draft is 0.8 metres (0′ 0″ ft) and the air draft is 3.55 metres (9′ 10″ ft).

Angoulême to Port-du-Lys

There are "Small" lock types.
Lock length 28 metres (91′ 10″ ft)
Lock width 6.35 metres (19′ 8″ ft)

From Salignac-sur-Charente to Rochefort

The water draft is 1.5 metres (3′ 3″ ft) and the air draft is 3.55 metres (9′ 10″ ft).

General lock size

There are "Small" lock types.
Lock length 34.8 metres (111′ 7″ ft)
Lock width 6.3 metres (19′ 8″ ft)

Saint-Savinien lock

This is a "Large" lock.
Lock length 50 metres (164′ 1″ ft)
Lock width 8 metres (26′ 3″ ft)

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Self-drive boats cruising on this waterway

Fleet Cruise route
Le Boat Charente View the Le Boat boats
Nicols Charente river View the Nicols boats
France Passion Plaisance River Charente View the France Passion Plaisance boats

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