14 rivers where you can canoe and kayak in France
14 rivers where you can canoe and kayak in France

14 rivers where you can canoe and kayak in France

France is full of magnificent rivers, and canoeing down them offers exceptional views. Discover the most beautiful rivers where you can sail by canoe. From the Loire to the South of France, let yourself be guided towards the river that will amaze you. These 14 canoe and kayak rental companies are Quality certified by Canoë France. All these rivers are accessible to beginners.

#1 The Loire by canoe-kayak, in the heart of the Pays des Châteaux

By canoe and kayak on the Loire : Chaumont-sur- Loire

Discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Loire . These castles of course: Blois, Chaumont sur Loire , Ménars, the ancient port of Chambord at the foot of the church of Saint Dyé sur Loire .

But you will also be able to observe the rich and preserved fauna and flora of the last wild river in Europe. In the calm and serenity of the river, you will spend a day surrounded by nature.

Loire Kayak welcomes you 5 minutes from Blois , ideally located on the banks of the Loire .

#2 Descent of the Vienne and its tributaries in a preserved natural setting

Chateau on the Vienne by kayak

Do you know the Vienne and its tributaries the Anglin and the Gartempe ? In a preserved natural setting, you can discover the richness of its fauna and flora and its historical heritage .

La Fourmy Canoë-Kayak is located on the banks of Vienne , 15 minutes from Poitiers and Futuroscope .

#3 Go back in time by canoeing down the Vézère

The Vézère begins on the Plateau de Millevaches and joins the Dordogne at Limeuil.
In the meantime, it became the river of the 2000 Kayak World Championships in Corrèze and calmed down in Périgord to better admire the Vallée de l'Homme.

Calm but wild , its greenery and its cliffs will charm you.
Come and admire the prestigious historical sites that line the Vézère by canoe: La Roque St Christophe, Montognac Lascaux… Go back in time while going down the Vézère !

APA Aventure Plein Air is located in Saint-Léon-sur- Vézère (one of the most beautiful villages in France) in the middle of the most beautiful courses in the Vézère .

#4 The Dordogne , between Lot and Corrèze

rental of kayaks and canoes in Correze and Lot, on the Dordogne

Over approximately 120 km, from Argentat to Beynac , canoe or kayak down the beautiful Dordogne valley Dordogne rich in castles and picturesque villages.

The circuit crosses three of the most beautiful regions of France: Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, and Aquitaine. The landscapes vary , ranging from the wooded hills of Corrèze to the limestone cliffs of the Lot where magnificent villages cling, before ending under the castles of the Dordogne , in Périgord.

It is this idyllic setting that Safaraid Dordogne invites you to discover, for half a day, a day, for a weekend, or finally for a whole week.

#5 The Aveyron Gorges in Canoeing

In Saint Antonin Noble Val, in the heart of the Aveyron , one hour from Toulouse, enjoy the enchanting calm of a canoe trip on this river and discover its luminous landscapes.

#6 The gorges and the Allier valley for wonder

Rediscover the taste of adventure in a preserved natural setting. From the basalt organs of Prades to the remains of one of the first Cluniac abbeys, the priory and its surrounding tower in the heart of the Lavoûte-Chilhac peninsula await you for a moment of wonder.

#7 Discover the Drôme from an unusual angle

Drôme River by canoe-kayak is like experiencing an adventure among lavender and cicadas.
From the peaks of the Vercors to the Rhône valley, the Drôme is a series of landscapes with striking contrasts , benefiting from both Alpine influences and the Provençal sun.
Aboard your canoe or kayak, you will descend the river under the discreet eye of the heron, leave your boat for a moment and enjoy the pleasures of swimming.

#8 The Chassezac , ideal river for relaxation and “farniente”

Descending from the canyons of Lozère, this main tributary of the Ardèche winds through a vast valley before entering magnificent gorges in order to cross for 10 kilometers the limestone massif of the Païolive wood. It then travels across the plain before joining its illustrious neighbor Ardèche .

#9 Ardèche , canoeing for all levels in Vallon Pont d’Arc

The descent of the Gorges de l' Ardèche does not present any difficulties in summer .
Thrill seekers prefer to come in spring to enjoy faster currents.

Take the time to take a break from an adventure punctuated by water, nature, the sun... Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation and a change of scenery in Canoe-Kayak in the Gorges de l' Ardèche . Discover a very rich natural environment where fauna and flora have developed in perfect harmony.

#10 The Gorges du Tarn Canyon by canoe-kayak

Canoeing on the Tarn

In the heart of the Cévennes National Park and the desert immensities of the Grands Causses, you will discover an oasis of greenery and freshness: The Canyon of the Gorges du Tarn . The Tarn , a river with clear waters winding its way through a limestone canyon with its most famous site: “the Straits”.

Discover it at your own pace by canoe or kayak.

#11 Between Pont-du-Gard and Secret gorges du Gardon

The Gardon river, of rare clarity, quietly follows its course between two bluish cliffs from which the incessant song of the cicadas escapes. There, the “natural” South offers a grandiose setting for your vacation. Relax on its shaded beaches. Heaven couldn’t taste better…

Do you opt for the Gardon from Collias towards the Pont du Gard , a majestic Roman aqueduct, under which you glide in silence in your canoe or kayak. Stunning !

Or rather upstream from Collias, when the gorges become more secret, towards Pont-Saint-Nicolas (12th century) passing through La Baume , a ghost village , where only a few ruins remain (mill, inn, chapel, etc.) but where tenacious memories hover.

#12 La Sorgue , source of inspiration for poets

Canoe kayak route on the Sorgue 84 Vaucluse

It is from the resurgence of Fontaine de Vaucluse that the famous Sorgue , with emerald-colored water so limpid and clear . The Sorgue has been the source of inspiration for many poets for centuries, whether they are called Petrarch or René Char…

Come and discover this beautiful river with your family; a warm welcome awaits you.

#13 The Orb valley

Vieussan by canoe Gorges de l' Orb Hérault 34

The Orb is the most playful of the Mediterranean rivers. The water level is ensured by regular releases from the dams upstream.

Canoë Roquebrun is located in the medieval village of Roquebrun at the arrival of the courses.

#14 Ariège , escape by canoeing in the Pyrenees

On the borders of Andorra and Spain, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees, alternate between more or less strong rapids, come and take your time, observe the fauna and flora of the Ariège river.

The Ariège Evasion rental base is located in Ornolac-Ussat-les-Bains, near Tarascon-sur- Ariège , 15 minutes from Foix.

Are you still hesitating between several magnificent rivers? Let us guide you according to your tastes for your next canoe-kayak descent