Aisne (French: [ɛn]) is a river in northeastern France. It
is a left tributary of the Oise. It gave its name to the French
department of Aisne. It was known in the Roman period as Axona.
It rises in the forest of Argonne, at Rembercourt-Sommaisne, near
Sainte-Menehould. It flows north and then west before joining the Oise
near Compiègne. The
Aisne is 356 kilometres (221 mi) long.
Its main tributaries are the Vesle, the Aire and the Suippe. Three
bitter battles of
World War I
World War I were fought into the
1 Places along the river
2.1 En route
3 See also
5 External links
Places along the river
Departments and towns along the river include:
Ardennes: Vouziers, Rethel
Aisne was a commercial navigation as early as the
Gallo-Roman period, and rafts were floated from a long distance above
the present limit of navigation at Vailly-sur-
Aisne until the mid-19th
century. Canalisation works were begun in 1836, at the same time as
construction of the Canal lateral à l'Aisne. The canal was completed
first, in 1841, then two years later the river navigation.
Commercial traffic in péniches carrying 220 tonnes is still active,
while recreational traffic is mainly private boats. The waterway is 57
kilometres (35 mi) long, from the river
Oise to the junction with
the lateral canal, and has 7 locks. Through the lateral canal, it
links with the
Marne and the Canal de la Meuse.
The kilometre distances continue the numbering from Canal latéral à
Aisne from east to west.
PK 51.3 is the end of the Canal latéral à l'Aisne
PK 64.5 Villeneuve-Saint-Germain
PK 67 Soissons
PK 79 Fontenoy
PK 85 Vic-sur-Aisne
PK 92 Couloisy
PK 104.5 Choisy-au-Bac
PK 108 junction with Canal latéral à l'
Oise upstream of Compiègne
Rivers of France
List of Canals in France
Canal latéral à l'Aisne
Chemin des Dames
Battle of the Axona
^ Sandre. "Fiche cours d'eau (H1--0200)".
^ a b Edwards-May, David (2010). Inland Waterways of France. St Ives,
Cambs., UK: Imray. pp. 90–94.
^ Picardie, Waterways Guide No. 20. Castelnaudary, France: Editions du
Aisne and Canal lateral à l'
Aisne maps and details about
places, ports and moorings on the river, by the author of Inland
Waterways of France, Imray
Navigation details for 80 French rivers and canals (French waterways
World Book encyclopedia 1988