Frequently asked questions

The Ardèche Bateaux team is here to give you all the answers you need about canoeing down the Ardèche. We’re here to offer advice and tips for an unforgettable experience.

Do you have any unanswered questions?
Please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone on 06 45 47 09 74 or by e-mail ardbat@yahoo.fr

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What is canoeing down the Ardèche?

Canoeing down the Ardèche is an outdoor activity that involves navigating the river Ardèche in a canoe or kayak. This is a very popular activity in the region, allowing you to discover the magnificent scenery of the Ardèche gorges.

Absolutely! Kayaking in the Ardèche is suitable for all levels, including beginners. Qualified instructors are on hand to guide you and ensure your safety.

The duration of the canoe-kayak trip down the Ardèche depends on the route chosen. Our most common routes range from 8 to 37 kilometers, and can last from a few hours to two days.

Yes, canoeing down the Ardèche is accessible to beginners. We offer routes suitable for all levels and safety briefings before you set off.

If your child is under 7, he or she can go down the Ardèche with one of our state-certified instructors. See our product with monitor.


Do I need to be able to swim to canoe down the Ardèche?

Yes, you need to be able to swim to canoe down the Ardèche. Life jackets are compulsory and provided.

The equipment required for canoeing down the Ardèche is: a canoe or kayak, a paddle, a life jacket, closed shoes and clothing suitable for outdoor sports. We supply the vest.

Our partner, Camping de la Rouvière, looks forward to welcoming you to its facilities. You can choose from four types of accommodation: a free pitch, group tents, bungalows or a mobile home.

You can take advantage of the campsite’s facilities, such as the bar, our restaurant, the multisport pitch and our pétanque court, as well as all our entertainment…

To protect the environment during the descent of the Ardèche, it is important not to throw garbage into the river, to respect the bivouac rules and not to disturb the flora and fauna.

Yes, it is possible to camp during the descent of the Ardèche, as there are authorized bivouacs along the river. Our bivouac packages

Remember to book your bivouac with the SYNDICAT de GESTION des GORGES de l’ARDECHE.

Booking your descent

Where can I rent a canoe-kayak for a trip down the Ardèche?

You can rent your descent directly on our website or on site.

We accept the following methods of payment at our departure base:

  • Check
  • ANCV vacation vouchers
  • Credit card
  • Species

For online bookings, we only accept payment by credit card. If you would like to pay on site by cash, cheque or vacation voucher, please send us your reservation by e-mail to ardbat@yahoo.fr or contact us by telephone at

We offer reduced rates for groups of 8 or more. The discount is automatically deducted when you book online.
You’ll find our group rates on our rates page. For a customized quotation, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

  • Appropriate footwear for the activity, such as sandals, water shoes or sneakers that fit well on the feet.
  • A picnic lunch and at least 1.5 liters of water per person to stay hydrated and maintain energy levels.
  • Sunscreen, cap and T-shirt to protect you from the sun.
  • A waterproof pocket to protect your personal belongings, such as your phone, camera and papers.
  • Strings to tie up your sunglasses and avoid losing them.
  • A change of clothes for after the descent.
  • A towel to dry off and freshen up.

Advance booking is recommended for the Ardèche descent, especially during the high season. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!

Tips and tricks from Ardèche Bateaux

When is the best time to canoe down the Ardèche?

The best time to canoe down the Ardèche is between April and September. July and August are the busiest months, so book in advance.

The best time to visit the Ardèche is generally fromApril to October, when the weather is warmer and more suitable for outdoor activities. Find out more about the Ardèche.

Typical local Ardèche products include chestnuts, goat’s cheese, honey, Côtes du Vivarais wines and charcuterie.

The Ardèche is home to a wide variety of animals, including wild boar, deer, chamois, golden eagles and beavers.

The car is the most practical means of transport in the Ardèche, especially in rural and mountainous areas. There are also bus and train services, but these are less frequent. Ardèche Bateaux includes transport to your departure and/or arrival point by canoe.

During the descent of the Ardèche, it is possible to see remarkable sites such as the
Pont d’Arc
the Grotte de la Madeleine and the many beaches and cliffs of the
Ardèche Gorges


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