Canoe licence Ardeche France?

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  1. zaskar

    zaskar Funster

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    Hopefully, IF all goes well, I'm gonna buy a Stearns Back Country which i would like to use on holiday in France this year on the Ardeche.
    Does anyone know if I need any sort of license.
    Plan would be to drive up river 20-30ks or so and "drift" back to the campsite consuming Fois gras and bubbles! (errrrr, or so she tells me!). I can peddle back for the car later that day.

    Ta
     
  2. californiadreamer

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    stearns back country

    Hi Zaskar.. sorry I can't help with your enquiry re license but I just want to draw your attention to an issue with the Stearns Back County.. There appears to be a problem with a slow leak on some models, I'm not sure if you are aware of it but it's discussed at some length on this forum http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?10681-Stearns-Back-Country-B801/page2

    Sorry to be a downer but to be for-warned etc... Hope your trip works out though:thumb:
     
  3. zaskar

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    Many thank mate.
    I'm a member of SOTP so well aware and its one thing I'll be looking for on Saturday.
    From posts on SOTP, it would appear they had an isolated bad batch from France but obviously, I dont want to be the poor sod with a duffer so i'll be checking carefully.
    Heads up much appreciated.:thumb:
     
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    As far as I'm aware you don't need a licence at all in France. We 'did' the Ardeche a few years ago ... got a dunking and severe sunburn (second degree burns!). :shout:

    In my view you need quite a tough canoe/kayak to do it as there are quite a few rapids and rocks!:Eek!:

    When we did it it was in a hired tandem sit on top, we'd have happily done it in our then inflatable Gumotex Palava (very tough) but I'm not so sure about anything else. :Blush:
     
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    Hi Zaskar!


    Definitely not! (made sure before answering you!:RollEyes:)
    You can enjoy your new toy on the river Ardèche as on any other river. No age limit . :thumb::thumb:

    Wild camp is ruled so here is a link you could get translated by google....just in case

    http://www.aventure-canoes.fr/francais/reglementation.php


    Amicalement



    Frankie:Smile::Smile:
     
  6. big map

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    Hi Zaskar

    No license required to paddle french rivers. The Ardeche below Vallon and through the gorge is the most spectacular part of the river,mid season you will be sharing this hundreds of hire boats. Allow your self plenty of time for this paddle to enjoy the scenery and take a swim. If the water levels are high some of the rapids can get quite interesting. The river above Vallon is a lot slower and quieter. In peak season the water levels up stream can also be very low and a bit of walking may be required. Remember to take food and plenty of drinks as once below Pont d'Arc there are few take outs for about 20km.
    Have a good paddle and enjoy the Ardeche.:thumb:

    Mike.
     
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