The hauling is a mode of terrestrial traction of the barges, the water markers and generally of the river boats, which consists of advancing them along a river, a canal, by means of a rope. once pulled by arm or by horses, now by a self-propelled machine. Without replacing the ecological functions of a real bank, this development still plays a certain role of biological corridor.

It requires a clear path and put out of water that closely follows the bank of navigable waterways and that Francophones call "towpath".