14 rivers where to canoe kayak in France
14 rivers where to canoe kayak in France

14 rivers where to canoe kayak in France

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

#1 La 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 Val de Loire. These castles of course: Blois, Chaumont sur Loire, Ménars, the old port of Chambord at the foot of the church of Saint Dyé sur Loire.

But you can also 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 in the middle of nature.

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

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

Castle on the Vienne in 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 edge of Vienne at 15 min from Poitiers and the Futuroscope.

#3 Go back in time by canoeing down the Vézère -kayak

The Vézère is born on the Plateau de Millevaches and joins the Dordogne in Limeuil.
Meanwhile, it becomes the river of the World Championships of Kayak 2000 in Corrèze and calms down in Périgord to better admire the valley of the Man.

Calm but wild, its greenery and its cliffs will charm you.
Come and contemplate the prestigious historical sites along the Vézère by canoe: La Roque St Christophe, Montognac Lascaux... Go back in time by 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 of the Vézère.

#4 La Dordogne, between Lot and Corrèze

kayak and canoe rental in Correze and Lot, on the Dordogne

On about 120 km , fromArgentat to Beynac, go down by canoe or kayak the very beautiful valley of the Dordogne, rich in castles and picturesque villages.

The tour passes through three of the most beautiful regions of France: Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, and Aquitaine. The landscapes vary, 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 offers you to discover, for a half-day, a day, a weekend, or a whole week.

#5 The Gorges of theAveyron in Canoe-kayak

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

#6 The gorges and the valley of theAllier for the wonderment

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 Drôme from an unusual angle

Going down the river Drôme in a canoekayak, is to live an adventure between lavender and cicadas.
From the peaks of the Vercors to the Rhone valley, the Drôme is a series of landscapes with striking contrasts, benefiting from both alpine influences and the sun of Provence.
On board your canoe or your kayak, you will go down the river under the discreet eye of the heron, leave your boat for a while and enjoy the pleasures of swimming.

#8 The Chassezac, an ideal river for relaxation and "farniente

Descending from the canyons of Lozère, this main tributary of theArdèche winds through a vast valley before entering magnificent gorges to cross the limestone massif of the Bois de Païolive over 10 kilometers. It then flows through the plain before joining its illustrious neighbor theArdèche.

#9 L'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.
The amateurs of strong sensations prefer to come from spring to benefit from faster currents.

Take the time to take a break in an adventure punctuated by water, nature, sun ... Offer yourself a moment of relaxation and change of scenery in CanoeKayak in the Gorges de l'Ardèche. Discover a natural environment of great richness where fauna and flora have developed in perfect harmony.

#10 The Canyon of the Gorges du Tarn by canoe-kayak

Canoe on the Tarn

In the heart of the Cevennes National Park and the desert immensities of the Grands Causses, you will discover an oasis of greenery and freshness: the Canyon des Gorges du Tarn. The Tarn, a river with limpid waters weaving its way through a deep and spectacular limestone canyon with its most famous site: "les Détroits".

Discover it at your own pace by canoe or kayak.

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

The river Gardon, of a rare limpidity, follows its course quietly between two blue cliffs from which escapes, incessantly, the song of the cicadas. There, the "natural" South offers a grandiose setting for your vacations. Relax on its shaded beaches. Paradise cannot have a better taste...

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

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

#12 The Sorgue, source of inspiration for poets

Course canoe kayak on the Sorgue 84 Vaucluse

It is from the resurgence of Fontaine de Vaucluse that flows the famous Sorgue, with itsemerald colored water so clear and limpid. 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 Valley of theOrb

Vieussan in canoe Gorges de l'Orb Hérault 34

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

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

#14 The Ariège, escape by canoekayak in the Pyrenees

On the borders of Andorra and Spain, in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Ariegean Pyrenees, alternate rapids more or less strong, come to take time, observe the fauna and the 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.

You are still hesitating between several magnificent rivers? Let us guide you for your next canoe trip according to your tastes.kayak