The various rivers, Mayenne, Sarthe and Oudon, offer more than 300km of navigation. Here you have the opportunity to cruise through wooded landscapes and explore towns such as Laval, with its castle that towers above the river, or Angers, the town of the powerful King René from the 15th century. You can also visit Le Mans, known for car racing, Solesmes and its Beddictine Abbey, or Sablé, where you can savour its delicious shortbread cookies.
The river Sarthe joins the river Mayenne near Angers. A visit to the Abbey of Solemes is a must, as is Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, which is known for its china, and no one can miss Le Mans, of course.
- Tourist attractions
- Available boats
Navigation on the Mayenne
A wild river of over 103km, the Mayenne will delight all those who search adventure and those who love nature. You can meander along this calm, roaming, green river and enjoy the passing scenery.
Navigation on the Oudon
While flowing over 80km, the River Oudon is however only navigable from Port Segréto to Mayenne, a length of about 18km which possesses 3 locks.
Navigation on the Sarthe
132km long, the Sarthe is a broad river which flows through a green countryside. Quiet, this river is punctuated by beautiful, flowered locks which are operated by hand by the local lock keepers who live there. These lock keepers will be able to advise you on the best activities and sights in the regions. On this river you will come across small accessible villages, castles, churches... This tranquil river will astonish you with its hidden treasures.
- The castle of Plessis-Mace, near Pruille
- The town of Lion d'Angers
- The abbey of Port-Salut, in Entrammes
- The "Domaine de la Petite Couere", near Segre (a reconstitution of a village from the beginning of the 20th century)
- The tow path along the Mayenne river from Daon to Angers
- The flowers by the locks
- Laval : its old town, its viaduct, its "wash-house" boat
- Angers, its gardens, and leisure park Terra Botanica
Suggestions of routes from Angers
Angers - Chenillé-Changé - Château-Gontier - Entrammes – Angers : 252 km, 21 locks, 35 hours
Angers - Chenillé-Changé, Laval, Mayenne, Segré – Angers : 392 km, 35 locks, 80 hours