In few figures, the canoe-kayak is 365 000 licensed, including 80 000 permanent annual (Source: FFCK 2014).

The Spotyteam shows you our TOP 5 best spots in Ardèche, in south of France.

After reading this article, you would be sure to find the spot you need for your next canoe trip in the Ardèche Gorges.


Top 5 best spots for canoe-kayak in Ardèche.



Located since 20 years in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, Castor Canoë offers you the rental of canoes and kayaks to go down the Ardèche Gorges with friends, family, co-workers or even alone.

A team of qualified people welcomes you and accompanies you in joy and good humor, to enjoy a convivial moment.

Several forms are proposed to meet everyone’s needs. You will have the choice between the mini descent of 6km, the fun and relaxation form of 12 km and finally the big day of discovery of 24 or 30 km.

To live the adventure to the end, it is also possible to leave for 2 or 3 days and sleep in bivouac on one of the two areas.

Finally, for the mornings, coffee and drinks are offered to start the day well.




2 -Alpha Bateaux  

Going down the Ardèche Gorges by canoe-kayak is a mythical descent in the heart of one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe.

So that you can carry out this walk in the best conditions, the team of Alpha Bateaux will meet you on their base in Vallon Pont d'Arc where you will be greeted, advised, equipped and then drive you to the starting point.

For the return, a shuttle will take you to your car.

Choose from several routes the hike that suits you, and after that you just have to paddle.




3 - Canoë Ardèche

For all those wishing to live an exceptional adventure punctuated by water, nature and sun, the discovery of the nature reserve of the Ardèche Gorges, this spot is what you need.

Canoë Ardèche offers various forms with several ways, local picnic and overnight stays.

If you search a canoe rental and camping in Vallon Pont D'Arc, it is what you need .

Several canoe courses adapted to the envy of each : small discovery descent of 8km or 12km or descent of the gorges on the day or in 2 days with a bivouac in the middle of the gorges of the Ardèche.




4 - Azur canoë   








5 - Patou Bateau  

At Patou Bateau, you can book canoe, kayak or paddle to enjoy Ardèche Gorges with your family or friends.

La Guinguette Chez Patou also welcomes you in Saint Martin d'Ardèche in the heart of the nature reserve to feast you after a good session.

You can if you want to make your descents over several days, just think of your tents.




Finally, if you are interested in one of these spots, you can click directly on its name to get to its Spotyride page. 

Last tip, the southern sun is aggressive, so don’t forget to protect yourself! 

Furthermore, some Covid-19 rules were created for safety of everyone, please respect them. 
  • Less than 10 canoes
  • If it's possible, limit the time on the spot
  • If it's possible, self-equipment 
  • For the rental materials, complete dry and cleaning after each using.

On your ready-fire-go marks, paddle!