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Practical information

Good to know before departure

You embark on a unique experience in the heart of the Gorges de l'Ardèche Nature Reserve.

To be able to do a canoe-kayak trip with Alpha Bateaux, all participants must:

Be over 7 years old, know how to swim 25 meters minimum and know how to immerse yourself.
You must be in good health and wear a buoyancy aid, but also wear and keep shoes closed during the hike.

We will do everything we can to ensure that you can have a great experience as a couple, with family or friends.
On site, you will find free private parking, toilets, picnic tables, a shop (sale of water shoes, sunglasses cords, sarong, caps, sunscreen, drinks ...) and you can rent neoprene suits and windbreakers.

The organization

For all routes, we will meet you at our ALPHA BATEAUX base in Vallon Pont d’Arc, where you can leave your vehicle in our free private car park. On your arrival, you will be greeted, advised and equipped by our team. You will take an Alpha Bateaux shuttle to reach the starting point, to then embark by canoe. On arrival, shuttles will pick you up at the scheduled return time to take you back to base.

Descents of the Ardèche

Conditions: be over 7 years old, know how to swim 25 meters minimum and know how to immerse yourself.
You will need to be in good health and wear a buoyancy aid, as well as wear and keep closed shoes while hiking.

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To take for the descent

It is recommended to wear sports clothes (swimsuits, T-shirts, closed shoes). You will have to bring food and drink for your daily activities, but also, depending on the weather, your sun protection (creams, glasses with drawstring, hats, etc.), a sweatshirt, a windbreaker and a change of clothes. . For multi-day trips, plan all the camping essentials (sleeping bag, tent, food, drink, flashlight, etc.).


The boat park includes 1, 2 or 3-seater, unsinkable, self-draining kayaks (Tarka, Balawika, Optimo, Taiki and Trek) and Canadian canoes (Canadia, Old Town). In small equipment, we provide you with: CE buoyancy aid vests, single and double paddles, containers for personal effects and helmet (optional).
Our buoyancy aid vests and cans are disinfected after each use.
As an option, you can rent wetsuits, comfort backrests for Optimo and a bivouac pack (tent, foam mattress, stove, cooking set, garbage bag).

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Bivouac areas

The bivouac areas are large areas along the river, equipped with the minimum for everyone's comfort. In this natural space, you will find sanitary facilities with toilets, showers, dishwashers, barbecues with charcoal, picnic tables, bins, guards for urgent problems and information on the nature reserve. .
Alcohol prohibited on the bivouac areas.
Navigation prohibited after 8 pm in the Nature Reserve.
Bivouac reservation by you.

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The cans provided

To make your canoe trip in the heart of the Ardèche, we provide you with cans to store your personal effects. But be careful, the watertightness of the cans is not guaranteed, this being subject to closure by the users.

We do not recommend that you take water-fearful items such as cameras or phones on board. We advise you to take small plastic bags like freezer bags.

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The application

The free "Canoe France" application allows you to discover the routes on offer, to locate yourself on the river, to discover accessible services (restaurants, campsites, shops, etc.), but also to find out more about the river in through remarkable points (monuments, natural curiosities, etc.). This application is available on Apple and Android.

The accesses

North access: from Lyon A7 exit Montélimar sud, N7 to Pierrelatte, D13 to Bourg-Saint-Andéol, then D4 to Vallon Pont d'Arc.

South access: from Marseille A7 exit Bollène, D994 to Pont-Saint-Esprit, N86 towards Vallon Pont d'Arc and take the road to the Ardèche gorges D290.

South access: from Montpellier A9 exit Nîmes Ouest, N106 towards Alès, D16 then D979 towards Barjac, D579 to Vallon Pont d'Arc.


In April, May, June and September, we are open 7 days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. In July and August, we are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. We advise you to book in advance, subject to navigation and weather conditions.

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The domestic animals

The Gorges de l'Ardèche Nature Reserve prohibits dogs in canoes. The 24, 30, 36 and 60 km routes are therefore affected by this ban. For the 6, 8, 12 and 14 km routes, we do not recommend it, but your dog can occupy the middle seat in a canoe as long as it is not tied up. Your dog is under your sole responsibility and must not disturb anyone during the descent and return by bus.

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In case of bad weather

In the Ardèche and its tributaries, there is a water level measurement system to anticipate floods and regulate descents. Different levels of dangerousness are then put in place: green, open to all, orange, open to experienced with a monitor, red, prohibited. If the weather is bad (persistent rain, temperature below 20 ° C, wind over 60 km / h), reservations are canceled or postponed. All sums paid will be returned to you.

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