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French Waters Details
Canel de Marans a La Rochelle Tel:  
Charente Maritime  

The Canal de Marans a la Rochelle, also called Canal de Marans, Canal de Rompsay or Canal de La Rochelle depending on the location is a French canal in the Charente Maritime department connecting the city of La Rochelle with the town of Marans. It also connects the river of the Sevre Niortaise to the harbour at La Rochelle. The canal goes through the communes of Dompierre sur Mer, Andilly & Sainte Soulle. It is 24.6 km long, with 4 locks & has a total denivellation of 1.7 m. It has a width of 5.2 m. The canal was built in the 19th century in order to foster trade between the 2 cities. It was part of a great project of a North South canal connecting the river Loire to the Adour. The project was ordered by imperial decision of Napoleon I on July 17 1805, with the objective of connecting Niort with La Rochelle. It was started in 1806 but only open in 1875 & only reached La Rochelle in 1888. It was built with the forced labour of prisoners. When it was completed however the advent of the train with the establishment of a track between Nantes & La Rochelle meant that the canal fell into disuse. Navigation on the canal was totally stopped after the Second World War. It is today not navigable. Today when the canal allows for picturesque walks between the 2 cities. It is renowned for its flora & fauna. The waters of the canal discharge into the Maubec reservoir at La Rochelle just before the tidal basin & its waters contribute to scour the harbour & navigable channels. Carp. Cat Fish, Tench, Chub, Roach, Perch, Zander & Pike. DONT FORGET TO LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU FOUND THEM
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