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8km – The Pont d’Arc mini-course

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🗺️ Map of the 8km canoe route

🤔 How does an 8km descent of the Ardèche river work?

Start of activity

Once you have made your
online booking
we’ll meet you directly at our landing stage in Vallon Pont d’Arc. 🚗

You can park in our free, private, shaded parking lot. 🅿️🌳

Once you have been introduced to our on-site team, you will be given a watertight canister 55l for two, in which to store what you want to take on your descent 🥖🧴 (see our tips), you will be equipped with life jackets and you’ll attend a short briefing to explain the routeand a a reminder about canoeing and kayaking and basic handling.

You’ll be asked to choose the recovery time you want, depending on how much time you want to spend on the river(we’re here to advise you 🙂 ). You can take as long as you like! ⏱️

The beach where your canoe/kayak is waiting is just 150m away, so you can embark immediately on the Ardèche river 🙂

Then it’s off to the adventure! 🛶

The canoe trip

You start out on the calm waters of the Ardèche before crossing some small rapids 💦 (
see map
) that will lead you to the well-known attraction of this route: the Charlemagne rapid, which leads to the magnificent Pont d’Arc beach! 🏖️

You’ll find beach breaks all along the route and you’re free to stop wherever you like, but the Pont d’Arc beach will probably be your favourite(and we understand you!) 😎
After enjoying as much as you like of this magnificent place, you re-embark on your canoes for around half an hour’s navigation to reach therendezvous point at the end of your journey. You will find us very easily thanks to a sign 🛑 placed on a beach on the left bank. 😀

Arrival and return

Once you’ve arrived and introduced yourself to our on-site team 📝 all you have to do is return the canoes and paddles to us.

You will then be guided to the bus(air-conditioned 🐧) that will take you back to our premises 🚌 where you left your vehicles!

Once the rest of the equipment has been returned(cans, vests, etc.), you will be offered a free syrup 🥤(well deserved) and the chance to have a cold drink!

This is already the end of your Ardèche adventure with us 😭… until next time!!! 😃

Mandatory conditions for all canoe trips on the Ardèche :

Over 7 years old
Be able to swim at least 25m
Be comfortable in the water

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Discover other descents of the Ardèche in canoe / kayak

Neither long nor short,
nor short

THE nature reserve
gorges de l’Ardèche

The Great Descent
de l’Ardèche

2 days, 32km
The descent
with the bivouac