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White Water Rafting
The numerous lakes and rivers in the Morvan Forest, the
natural park in the centre of Burgundy, provide the perfect location
for watersports. The rivers such as the Chalaux and Cure are great for
canoe-kayaking and white water rafting, while on the lakes, you can sail,
canoe, or just potter around on a pedalo.
Rivers of the Morvan
The European Championship in canoe-kayaking were held on the River Chalaux in July 2005 – one of the best rivers in France for this sport. When the Barrage de Chaumeçon is opened, 5 cu.m/s of water pours out. AB Loisir, based at St-Père-sous-Vézelay organise white water rafting here (accompanied trips, minimum age 16). They can supply the dates of the dam barrier opening.
For a more gentle approach, the whole family can go canoe-kayaking, down the Cure river a distance of 8km from Malassis to St-Père, or 18km from Malassis to Semizelles, accompanied or on your own, by arrangement with AB Loisirs at St-Père (special life jackets for children provided).
In summer, AB Loisirs open their base at Armes and offer canoe-kayaking along 8km from Villiers-sur-Yonne to Armes and 18km from Bréves to Armes. This beautiful valley meanders along unspoilt countryside.
Yachting on the lake
The Lakes of the Morvan
The dams and reservoirs such as Pannecière-Chaumard, Lac des Settons, Cresent, Chaumeçon and St-Agnan provide scenic locations and a variety of watersports. Look out for the ‘base nautique’ signs. Sailing and canoe-kayaking are the most popular with windsurfing on the Lac des Settons. See Lakes of the Morvan