Dordogne

Length: 483 km
Source: Puy de Sancy (63)
Estuary: Dordogne

Particularity of the Dordogne river

There are two elements that support the life of the river: The Dordogne has a common estuary with the Garonne and during high tides, a tidal bore (a wave) forms and goes up the course of the river for nearly 30 km.  The Dordogne is the only river in France whose entire basin has been classified as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Classified as a “Land of Art and History” in the Lot area and “biosphere reserve” by UNESCO in 2012, the Dordogne is the perfect harmony between nature and heritage for a canoe trip.  We offer a route of up to 120km of descent, or a 7 day trip.  It is accessible to beginners as well as to the most experienced.

Canoeing on the Dordogne through Corrèze, Lot and Dordogne

Cliffs, villages and castles will punctuate your descent through 3 departments: La Corrèze, Lot and Dordogne.  You can then visit the villages of Beaulieu sur Dordogne, Carennac, Rocamadour, Martel, Souillac, La Roque Gageac… Which will also allow you to buy your supplies.  Perched on top of a cliff, the castles of Belcastel, Treyne or Montfort will surprise you.  Not forgetting the richness of the fauna: heron, kingfisher, otter, trout, birds of prey….

The Dordogne river has been a source of food and wealth since time immemorial.  Initially with fishing (with a fishing license you can catch your dinner!). Then with the construction of mills, goods were transported on flat-bottomed boats called barges. Thanks to the high quality of it’s waters, you can enjoy swimming. The beautiful pebble beaches will also allow you to enjoy a great picnic or relaxation breaks as well as a beautiful space for your bivouacs (tent).

 “Be careful, however, not to cross the terrifying Coulobre, a giant (and fortunately mythical!) Snake from the Dordogne which made the gabariers disappear! “

An ideal place for canoe trip with family or friends

In short, you will soon realise the Dordogne offers you an exceptional and unspoiled area. It is the ideal place to live a unique experience and create unforgettable memories with family or friends.  A canoe trip is the promise of a total change of scenery in the midst of green and wild nature as far as the eye can see.  So for a weekend or for an unforgettable and unusual vacation in the heart of nature, try the adventure of canoeing-kayaking.

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