About Fontenoy-le-Château

This base allows you to escape from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of central France. The delightful town of Épinal is not far to the north-east, although the many locks will mean it will take you a tiring week to get there and back – so we’d recommend a day trip by taxi or bike instead. To the south, the canal is lined with quiet and sleepy villages, punctuated by the relative bustle of Gray (20.5hrs from Fontenoy-le- Château) and historic Auxonne (7.5 hrs after that).

From Fontenoy-le-Château it is:

  • 32hrs (32 locks) to our base in St. Jean-de-Losne
  • 49hrs (38 locks) to our base in Branges (closed for the 2021 seaoson but free Le Boat moorings are still available)

What you get on the base


Toilets and showers


Please note: We’re conscious local Covid guidelines often change so, to be cautious, our base toilets and showers will be closed throughout the 2021 season. Customers can use their onboard facilities once check in processes are completed and their boat is ready for boarding.​

Extras & options for your cruise

The following extras are available to prebook or purchase locally at this base. A reduced fee will apply to items that are prebooked. Please see 'Holiday Extras' for more details about each extra. Restrictions apply.


Practical extras

Early check-in & late check-out

Boat cleaning

Parking (see 'Travel info' tab)

Car transfer (see 'Travel info' tab)

Eco cleaning pack

L.E.D. lantern

Top-deck cushions

Grocery packs

Wifi packs

Fun extras

Bike hire

Special occasion gift baskets

Gas barbecues

Opening hours

Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat: 9am – 5pm. Tue and Thu: 10am – 4pm. Sun: Closed | If there is no one at the base at a specific time during these hours, the phone number below will be diverted and an alternative number will also be displayed at the base.


Le Boat Fontenoy-le-Château
Port de Plaisance
F - 88240 Fontenoy-le-Château


+33 (0) 329 30 43 98

Travel to Fontenoy-le-Château

By Train

Clostest train station(s):

  • Epinal: 40 km
  • Vesoul: 48 km

By Road

Be prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas


Secure parking (pre-bookable extra – fee applies)

By Air

Closest airport(s):

  • Basel/Mulhouse: 165 km(E54/E23)
  • Dijon: 167 km (E21)

To book a taxi to or from the base you can contact the numbers below.

Taxi Sylvie Diche’ (+33 (0) 681 708 207 or +33 (0) 329 362 513 | [email protected])

Taxis d'Epinal’ (+33 (0) 329 823 232).


Approximate price (4 passengers) from:

  • Basel/Mulhouse Airport (BSL) 280€
  • Dijon Airport (DIJ) 265€
  • Epinal Train Station 85€
  • Vesoul Train Station 90€

Arrival at Fontenoy-le-Château

For more details about:

  • when to arrive at our bases
  • what to expect when you arrive 
  • how to prepare for check-in
  • what happens on your final day when you return your boat

visit our 'arrivals' page.

Local info

Payment Means

Please note that payment of fuel, deposit & any extras booked and paid locally are required in the local currency of the base. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.


B&B Le Moulin Cotant - Tel. +33 (0) 329 362 929.

Hotel de la Promenade - Tel. +33 (0) 329 363 006.

Auberge Du Coney Hautmougey - Tel. +33 (0) 329 304 187.

Ferme Auberge - Tel. +33 (0) 329 362 099.


Auberge De La Vigotte - Tel. +33 (0) 329 24 01 82


In the centre of Fontenoy-le-Château you will find a supermarket, bakery, pharmacy, news agents, bars and restaurants.

Market Days

Market day is held every Tuesday morning

Tourist Info

Place des Bains Romains,

88 240 Bains-Les-Bains

Tél – 0033 (0) 329 36 31 75



M. Rapin


Tel. +33 (0) 329 304 406