06 October 2021

Le Cher flowing through Mareuil

According to sites I've been reading on the internet, the Cher river was declared to be no longer navigable in 1926. The lock-keepers were let go. Railroads had replaced the Cher's boats and barges. Still, there's a lock at Saint-Aignan and there are two locks on the river where it flows through Mareuil-sur-Cher.

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The river is about 95 meters (310 feet) wide at this point.
It widens out to 99 meters as it flows past the village of Mareuil.

The day in 2005 when I took these pictures, the silky water of the Cher was amazing.
The Cher flows for about 65 kilometers (40 miles) across the southern edge of the Loir-et-Cher département.

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The lock-keepers' houses were built in 1837.


  1. Are the locks still in service for the private boats that might navigate the Cher pro bono? Couldn’t resist.

  2. Oh, the third photo is absolutely beautiful!

  3. Not far from where I lived in Southern California, there was The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge where I went for birding. Ken, I think we went there together once. I miss “my” desert! As you said, it was sonny 364 days a year!

  4. The Cher looks shallow for sure, even in these photos. Dear chm, we think of you every time we head out Palm Springs way, and wish you were still there so we could ply you with margaritas!

    I wonder if private citizens are living in those lock-keepers houses now?

    1. Thank you David, for your kind words. That was my little paradise! Salton City, known for absolutely nothing!

  5. That's a pretty river. Looks as if it would be lovely for kayaking or rowing a scull.


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