CANOE, KAYAK AND PADDLE BOARD TRIPS ALONG THE TARN GORGES
The best way to discover the Tarn Gorges
DISCOVER OUR CANOE, KAYAK AND PADDLE BOARD TRAILS
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…
CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITY
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
Minimum of 6 years old AND knows how to swim
Be in good physical condition
FANCY A PIC-NIC COMPOSED OF LOCAL PRODUCTS ?
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 !
THEY WERE HERE
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.
Great canoe trip down the spectacular Tarn Gorge
Great descent with beautiful scenery. The team was friendly and the price affordable. We did the 13km descent.
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!