1 – Straits Route
Canoe kayak from La Malène to Cirque des Baumes
With canoe or kayak, discover the most impressive part of the Gorges du Tarn, unique site that offers a succession of extraordinary natural sites that have made its reputation. In the heart of the Gorges du Tarn, you can see a remarkable fauna (several species of vultures in the air, beavers swimming in the Tarn …) and an atypical flora in a preserved nature.
Embark in couple or between friends to live an exceptional moment, unforgettable, both entertaining and pleasant. You will escape at your own pace without time constraints on the Tarn.
All the magic of the Gorges du Tarn takes place all day. We advise you to leave the Moulin de la Malène early in the morning in order to enjoy the best lighting in the Canyon. You may be lucky enough to see a beaver … Your ballad begins and you head towards the Pont de la Malène. We advise you to pass under the left arch to row in some small “ratchs” (fast if one can say). In this context, the principle is always to row and not to let go. Most of the time, you sail on calm water and clear, sometimes deep, ideal for a few small dives. In this exceptional site, beautiful wild beaches await you for a picnic stop while enjoying this beautiful landscape.
You cross the narrowest part of the Gorges du Tarn, the “Défilé des Détroits”. You evolve for more than 500 meters
Between impressive rock faces. At the exit of the Straits, you pass in front of the small hamlet of the Croze (not to stop because private property). It is only accessible by the river, you will be able to photograph it during your ascent by shuttle, the driver makes a small stop. At the Mushroom Rock (Snoopy for children) we advise you to turn right. You arrive at the Cirque des Baumes. This is where your journey ends. A sign tells you to stop.
Don’t wait any more and come to escape in an exceptional framework over the water!
Depending on availability, your car is on arrival.
Rowing time indicative of 1 to 2 hours.
For all courses :
- Rendez-vous at the Moulin de la Malène
- A shuttle will then take you to the starting point of your itinerary
- Lift at the end of the route (boats and passengers)