kayak sur les gorges du tarn

Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard in the Gorges du Tarn

Safe - Beautiful - Enjoyable - Adventures for everyone

Our ‘Canoë Gorges du Tarn’ hire centre in Rivière-sur-Tarn is located right at the entrance to the outstanding Gorges du Tarn. The gorge features unspoilt nature for all to enjoy, with stunning vegetation and breath-taking scenery that transport you to an extraordinary world, incredible rocks sculpted by the water and winds, crystal clear waters with sparkles of green, and a protected, unique, natural habitat as well as vultures, fish, beavers, otters and coypus. Relax and enjoy unforgettable, thrilling experiences with your children and friends.

Explore the entire site at your own pace And in your own way

Choose from three different excursions: 20 km, 15 km and 10 km. Take your time and make the most of your trip downriver. Take a break on the riverbanks, have a picnic, enjoy a swim or indulge in a riverside siesta. How wonderful!

Don’t worry, there’s no need to be an expert to navigate the river through the gorge. You simply need to be able to swim 25 metres and put your head under water. Our team provide the equipment and give you tips on where to stop for beaches, picnics, naps and refreshing swims, so you can enjoy this amazing site.

We provide a waterproof container to hold your phone or camera. This lets you snap some wonderful shots of your loved ones and your canoe adventure in the Gorges du Tarn.



Real lemonade upon arrival

Professional, family-friendly service

Shower on arrival & changing rooms

3 excursions to enjoy

10km downriver excursion €14 per person - Everyone can do this enjoyable excursion

15km downriver excursion €19 per person – An ideal day excursion with picnic and swimming

20km downriver excursion €25 per person – A more energetic excursion for people with stamina

Choose your Water activities

activité aquatique canoé gorge du tarn


paddle sur le tarn



  • Meet at reception 15 minutes before departure (be on time and remember your ticket!) to get fitted with your safety equipment. We take you in a private shuttle to the starting point and, after you listen to the safety instructions, you are ready to head off on an adventure!
  • The excursion ends on the campsite’s own private beach.
  • You can take your time enjoying your trip down the river. So get out your swimsuit, fishing rod or favourite book and relax!  Remember to take a water bottle, sunscreen and snacks. You’ll get hungry paddling!
  • The container is watertight if you correctly close the lid but bring a sealable plastic bag to keep your camera extra safe. We can provide you with a cord for your glasses to keep them on. 
  • Take a bag to bring your rubbish back in. Help us protect the delicate river ecosystem!

Hire equipment included

Canoe/kayak, paddles/oars, containers, and safety equipment: helmet and life jacket.

Safety reminder

Whitewater activities are fun but do carry risks. You must know how to swim and you must follow instructions and wear enclosed aqua shoes. We are not responsible for any loss of or water damage to your personal items.

Stand-up paddleboarding is an activity that requires a certain level of skill and experience on the river.


Arriving at the campsite After a great day out

Come indulge in some daydreaming at our campsite as you relax in a hammock on our private beach beside the river. Enjoy a refreshing, complementary glass of lemonade. You could even relax for longer as you savour our home-made dishes and pizzas.

There are plenty of ways to explore the Gorges du Tarn for an afternoon, a day, or even three days: cycling, walking, motorbiking, driving, hiking, trail running and more. Why not book now? We’d love to welcome you here and provide any information you need! And we can even provide accommodation in our gites and at our 4-star campsite with a choice of options including mobile homes and camping pitches.

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Explore our region As a couple or family

Have you seen the troglodyte habitats (half-day or full-day walk), driven through the (amazing!) Gorges du Tarn, or visited the Saint-Chely du Tarn cascades?
You could even have a go at via ferrata or visit the wonderful village of Mostuéjouls. Our holiday rentals and campsite offer a perfect base for these excursions. Come enjoy a weekend or a week as a couple or family. We are happy to help you plan your excursions and stay. Contact us on +33 (0)5 65 59 85 17 or at www.camping-canoe.fr 


A bit of history

The 53 kilometre-long breath-taking Gorges du Tarn is located between Quézac and Le Rozier. Le Rozier is also where the Rivers Jonte and Tarn merge, creating more superb landscapes not far from our canoe centre.

Until the mid-16th century, the village of Rivière-sur-Tarn was called ‘Ribièra de Tarn’ in Occitan, from the Latin ‘Ripperia’ or ‘Rippia’ meaning ‘on the banks of the Tarn’. In 1918 the town council decided to name the municipality ‘Rivière-sur-Tarn’.

About us

We love this region, especially the Gorges du Tarn.
We are tourism professionals with an environmental focus who want to share this natural wonder with you through the ideal activity of canoeing.


We are members of FNPLCK (the national professional federation of canoe/kayak hirers) and are committed to our quality charter which guarantees our professionalism, your safety, and the environment’s protection.

Our canoe hire centre is ideally located for exploring the Gorges du Tarn as well as sightseeing around the Aveyron region, which is packed with outstanding sites, delicious cuisine and amazing history.