The best way to discover the Tarn Gorges



Between sport, adventure and discovery of the local environment, this fun activity never disappoints visitors who have come to enjoy this nature reserve!

To go canoeing or kayaking in Lozère, in the heart of a UNESCO-classed site, is to navigate along one of our trails animated by mild rapids, natural diving platforms, planes of water and beaches where you can swim in clear water, at the foot of the impressive cliffs. The latter can reach up to 500 m high, which makes the Tarn Gorges one of the best places to go canoeing in the Cévennes ! Discovering the Tarn Gorges by canoe whether with family or with friends will make your day !

Along the river, you will go through well-known villages such as Castelbouc, Sainte Enimie and Saint Chély du Tarn, along the bends you can spot a castle, caves or even the magnificent hamlets clinging to the mountains… 

The requirements to fully enjoy pour your canoe, kayak or paddleboard trip


Know how to swim, be able to go under water  and be at ease in a  25 metre aquatic environment

Children :

Minimum of 6 years old AND knows how to swim

Be in good physical condition

pique nique contenant des produits locaux


We have selected local suppliers for you to compose a 100% local (lozérien) menu and so fully enjoy your trip hassle-free (to be ordered at the latest the day before your outing): French bread stick made with flour from the Causse Méjean (local limestone plateau), caussenard pâté,  Aveyron crisps,  farmer’s goat cheese (pélardon), local beer (Brasseurs de la Jonte) or lemonade and chestnut biscuits. Just ask us !


A Great Ride
We did the 13km route and it is worth it as you can see some great scenery from the Tarn.
The course is not difficult and you have many places where you can picnic and swim. 13 km to go is perfect and sufficient. Good welcome and good value for money.
Herve H

Great canoe trip down the spectacular Tarn Gorge

Most enjoyable trip down the Gorge du Tarn in canoes. My wife is new to canoeing and managed the 12 km trip to La Malene with no problems. Spectacular scenery and even though the water was low there were only a few sections that we had to get out and float the canoes across rocks. We will try it again next spring when the water is higher.
Oliver W.

Perfect Trip
Very well organised, efficient and charming people. Booking on line was easy. Erika then emailed to confirm the departure location. We did the 13km from St Enimie to La Malene. There is plenty of parking at the foot of the St Enimie bridge and a minivan to take you back to your car. Good equipment, waterproof drums for your gear, very easy to organise and a pleasure to deal with Locanoe. The trip itself is magnificent. I would love to have done the full day but we just didn’t have time. The advertised timing is about right (12.30 departure, 5.30 pick up), allows plenty of time for a swim, a picnic and a visit to St Chely and Hauterives. If you just want to paddle straight there you can do it in about 3 hrs. A wonderful half day trip.

Nice team

Great descent with beautiful scenery. The team was friendly and the price affordable. We did the 13km descent.

Fannix Carrousel


Do we have to know how to swim ?

Yes, it is essential.

It is essential to know how to swim, at least 25 meters, and to immerse yourself. (you must know how to put your head under water!).

From what age can we canoe on the Tarn?

All our trails are on calm water in the Tarn Gorges. It is possible to navigate by canoe as a family with children who know how to swim, from the age of 6. We do however reserve the right to refuse a child who does not meet both requirements.  

What is the most beautiful part of the Tarn Gorges by canoe? Where to go in the Tarn Gores?

Every bit has its charm ! 

On the section upstream of  Sainte-Enimie,  the route is at its most wild, here there is more nature and this section of the river  is barely used. 

Between Sainte-Enimie and La Malène, discover all the traditional villages of the Tarn Gorges .

Finally on the last part navigate along the narrowest section of the canyon and travel between the grandiose steep cliffs. 

Can we take a dog on the canoe ?

Our four legged friends are welcome on the canoe or kayak and will appreciate a dip in the river !

Subject to an order by the prefect which can restrict access to the river for dogs. 

Canoe, kayak, paddleboard : what’s the difference ?
  • Canoe : 2 or 3 seats.  Anecdotally… The canoe was invented by the American Indians; it is a flat bottomed craft which we kneel in and use a single-blade paddle to propel it through the water.
  • Kayak : 1 seat. The kayak was invented by the indigenous people of northern Canada (Inuits), it is operated sitting down, legs straight out and a double-bladed paddle is used to propel it through the water. 

Today our boats are a combination of these two types of craft : we navigate  sitting comfortably and using a double-bladed paddle.  The boat is more often than not a « sit on top », the legs are free to move. We no longer sit on the bottom of the boat but in the boat. Comfort and safety!

  • The paddleboard also known as SUP, is another form of sliding sport which we practice standing-up on a board approximately 3 metres long, which propels through the water using a long paddle.
How do I transport and keep my belongings dry for the day?

We provide a 50 liters container per boat. Our boats are all equipped with special locations and straps to moor them.

Do we have to be supervised by an instructor?

For the majority of practitioners, the descent is done freely by adapting its route to its abilities.

Being accompanied by an instructor allows you to acquire a better technical level, to be informed about the site you are visiting, to be guided through the rapids. Accompaniment is essential for schoolchildren or other groups of children.

Reservations are required for all supervision.

How do we get back to the starting point?

From the starting point, you will descend until the agreed arrival. Our bus or minibus shuttles take you back to your vehicle parked at the rental base. It may happen that you take a shuttle to bring you to your starting point by canoe. You will then descend at your own pace, and when you arrive your car is waiting for you!

Can we stop along the canoe trip ?

Canoeing and kayaking are 100% fun, so take your time! A break is in order! Navigate at your own pace, keeping an eye on the schedule for the last shuttle!



Enfants jouant avec le canoe
Canoe Famille
Canoe Saint Chely du Tarn
Canoe en famille avec un chien


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