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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Ardeche River


Location: Massif Mountains in South-central France

The Ardeche River flows through the Ardeche department or region of South-central France and is sourced in the Massif mountains. The river has a striking canyon—it is known as the “Grand Canyon” of the Ardeche, popular with hikers, rock climbers, and other athletes.

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Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Intermediate

Rafting trips on the River Ardeche are rated class III-IV, making it an intermediate river with challenging sections of whitewater. It is possible to raft sections of the l‘Ardeche that are solely class III, so families can consider this river as well.

Scenery: Limestone Cliffs and Stunning Rock Formations

One of the most famous features of the Ardeche River canyon is the natural rock bridge called the Vallon Pont d’Arc that spans 60 meters over and across the river. In other places, limestone cliffs rise hundreds of feet above the water, creating a dramatic backdrop for Ardeche River rafting trips.

Season: April – October

The Upper section of the River l’Ardeche can only be run in the spring and fall, while the main gorge section can be run all season long. Both half and full-day whitewater rafting trips can be arranged.