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

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What you get on the base


Toilets and showers - available when the base is open


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 'Vacation 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

Closest train stations:

  • 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 https://www.theaa.com/european-breakdown-cover/driving-in-europe


Unsecured parking available at the base or enclosed secured parking offsite (pre-bookable - 1 km from the base). 

By Air

Closest airports:

  • 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) 320€
  • Dijon Airport (DIJ) 295€
  • Epinal Train Station 75€
  • Vesoul Train Station 100€

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 your security deposit, engine hours deposit (see compulsory costs) & any extras added at the base and are required to be paid in local currency by card. Our bases accept Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express. 


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



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

Le Moulin Cotant - Tel. +33 (0) 3 29 36 29 29

Auberge Le Fontenois - Tel. +33(0) 3 84 68 96 27



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


Local market

Market day is held every Tuesday morning


Tourist Info

Place des Bains Romains,

88 240


Tél – 0033 (0) 329 36 31 75



 Fishing licences are required and available online at www.cartedepeche.fr


Electric car charging points

In the village, on the parking in front of the restaurant: Le Moulin Cotant. (2 min)




La Verrière, 88240 La Vôge-les-Bains 

+33 (0)3 29 30 44 06