The Ille-et-Rance canal

Le Canal d'Ille-et-Rance

The waterway connects la Vilaine to English Channel.

Navigation on the Ille-et-Rance canal starts at Rennes and ends at Saint-Samson-sur-Rance.

Construction began in 1804 and ended in 1832.

The Ille-et-Rance canal is 85 kilometres long (52.82 miles) with a total of 85 kilometres of navigable waterway.

There is a total of 48 locks, with an average of 1 lock every 1.77 kilometres (1.10 miles).

The highest point on the Ille-et-Rance canal is 65 metres (213′ 3″ ft) above sea level and the lowest point is at 5 metres (16′ 5″ ft) above sea level.

From Rennes to Saint-Samson-sur-Rance

The water draft is 1.4 metres (3′ 3″ ft) and the air draft is 2.7 metres (6′ 7″ ft).

General lock size

There are "Breton" lock types.
Lock length 27.1 metres (88′ 7″ ft)
Lock width 4.7 metres (13′ 1″ ft)

Le Châtelier lock

There are "Large" lock types.
Lock length 34 metres (111′ 7″ ft)
Lock width 8 metres (26′ 3″ ft)

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Self-drive boats cruising on this waterway

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