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With the increase in size of ocean-going ships, large ships can now navigate the estuary only up to about Nantes.

On the river's north bank, near the town centre, is the Canal d'Orléans, which connects to the Canal du Loing and the Canal de Briare at Buges near Montargis.

The canal is no longer used along its whole length.

The capital of Orléanais, 120 kilomètres south-south-west of Paris, is bordered to the north by the Beauce region and the forêt d'Orléans, and the Orléans-la-Source neighbourhood and the Sologne region to the south.

To the north of the Loire (on the "rive droite") is to be found a small hill (102 m (335 ft) at the pont Georges-V, 110 m (360 ft) at the place du Martroi) which gently rises to 125 m (410 ft) at la Croix Fleury, at the limits of Fleury-les-Aubrais.

Its route within Orléans runs parallel to the river, separated from it by a wall or muret, with a promenade along the top.

Its last pound was transformed into an outdoor swimming pool in the 1960s, then filled in.

An Inexplosible-type paddle steamer owned by the mairie was put in place in August 2007, facing Place de la Loire and containing a bar.