An unforgettable descent into the gorges of Ardeche.

The Descents

Canoës Service offers six descents formulas

Mini descent 7 km

1/2 day.

A discovery of the Ardèche and canoe (or kayak), from the bridge of Salavas to Châmes, passing under the Pont d’Arc.
Accessible to all, the small descent is most often done about half a day, leaving time for swimming around the Pont d’Arc for example…
Paddle Time: 1h30 environ.

Map of the descent

Mini Descent 7 km

Low Season

High Season

Departure times

9:00 a.m

11:00 a.m

2:30 p.m

At any time

Schedules back

11:30 a.m

14:00 p.m

17:00 p.m

From 11:30 a.m.
and almost every hour
until evening.

 

4:00 p.m

6:00 p.m

Low season: Month of April, October, and during the week for the month of September.
High season: Months of May, June, July, August, and September weekends.

The 13 km descent

1/2 day.

From Sampzon to Châmes.
The first portion to Vallon Pont d’Arc is quiet and without rapid with 5 dams equipped with slides for canoes.
The second part is the same than the Mini Descent passing under the Pont d’Arc.
Paddle Time: 3:00.

In the event that the water level would be highter than the reference level, regulated by prefectural, the descent will be canceled.

Map of the descent

13 km descent

Low season

High season

Departure times

11:00 a.m

12:00 p.m

11:00 a.m

12:00 p.m

Schedules back

4:00 p.m

5:00 p.m

4:00 p.m

5:00 p.m

Low season: Month of April, October, and during the week for the month of September.
High season: Months of May, June, July, August, and September weekends.

The 24 km descent

1 day

From Châmes to Sauze in the Canyon of the Ardèche Gorges, Natural Reserve.
Paddle Time: 5:00.

Map of the descent

24 km descent

Low season

High season

Departure times

09:00 a.m
(10 :00 a.m. at the latest)

09:00 a.m
(10 :00 a.m. at the latest)

Schedules back

5:00 p.m

5:00 p.m

Low season: Month of April, October, and during the week for the month of September.
High season: Months of May, June, July, August, and September weekends.

The 30 km descent

1 day

From Vallon Pont d’Arc to Sauze: the entire canyon with the Pont d’Arc and the Natural Reserve of the Ardèche Gorges.
The site is wonderful but you should be in good physical condition because this descent requires 6 to 7 hour of paddle according to the water level, and takes place in the Gorges which are accessible only by boat or on foot (except Reserve staff).
Paddle Time: 7:00.

Map of the descent

30 km descent
1 day

Low season

High season

Departure time

09:00 a.m

09:00 a.m

Schedules back

5:00 p.m

5:00 p.m

Low season: Month of April, October, and during the week for the month of September.
High season: Months of May, June, July, August, and September weekends.

30 km descent

2 days with bivouac

The same route as above but spread over two days, which makes it accessible to all.
Start in the late morning or early afternoon and finish the next day around 15:00 to Sauze. This avoids the affluence of the descent in one day.
Total paddling time: 7:00.

Map of the descent

30 km descent
2 days

Low season

High season

Departure time

10:30 a.m

10:30 a.m

Shedules back

2nd day
 3 :00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Earlier: on demand (group)
2nd day
3 :00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Earlier: on demand (group)

Low season: Month of April, October, and during the week for the month of September.
High season: Months of May, June, July, August, and September weekends.

There should be a bivouac in the Gorges between the two sailing days:

  • Bivouac of Gaud: 3h00 of navigation.
  • Bivouac Gournier: 4h30 of navigation.

Remember to book your bivouac tickets.

Infos about the bivouacs

The 56 km descent

3 days with bivouacs

Start from Vogue or Balazuc with stop at Sampzon first night, camping at Aloha Camping or the Riviera.
Second day: from Sampzon to the bivouac of Gaud.
Third day: from Gaud to Sauze.

For more information or reservations, thank you for contacting us.

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The equipment provided for your descent

  • Boats, well suited to the river, are equipped with two jackets (buoyancy aid) and paddles.
  • Waterproof container provided, 55 liters if well used (equivalent to a big bag of hiking):
    • 1 container for one day descent.
    • 2 containers for 2 days trip.
    • Height: 45 cm – Diameter 40 cm – opening diameter: 27.50 cm.
  • Possibility to rent wetsuits.

For your safety

  • Always wear your lifejacket closed.
  • Keep at least 10 meters between the boats on the small rapids.
  • Recognize the rapid Charlemagne walking, right bank (for 7 km, 13 km and 30 km descents).

Regulation

Consult the navigation prefectorial order on the river Ardèche

Prefectorial Order

Meeting points

Canoës Service offers 2 meeting points to choose:

Our reception in Vallon Pont d’Arc

Passage de la 1ère armée, route des Gorges at 200m from the roundabout Gorges.

Meeting point in Sauze (Saint Martin d’Ardèche)

Week-ends of May, and every days from June.
Blue hut “Ardèche Loisirs,” bus park, on the left after 2 stops.

If you prefer to leave your car in Sauze (Saint-Martin d’Ardeche), end point of your descent, we organize the morning shuttle to take you to the starting point (no waiting evening, highway 15 min).

For 24 km and 30 km descent on 1 day :

The appointment is at 8:30 a.m.
Sauze departure by bus to Vallon Pont d’Arc.
Arrive at 9:30 am (CSVP base) information, initiation, departure for the descent.
From 4:30 p.m to 6:00 p.m. Free arrival (your cars are on the site).

For the 30 km descent 2 days :

The appointment is at 10:30 a.m.
Sauze departure by bus to Vallon Pont d’Arc.
Arrival at 11:30 a.m. (CSVP base): Information, initiation, Picnic possible near the water at the boarding point, departure for the descent.
Stop at Gaud bivouac or Gournier bivouac.
The 2nd day: Canoeing to Sauze.
From 12:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. : Free arrival (the cars are on site).