There are a surprising number of rivers and lakes in this area, offering the canoeist a wide variety of waters to paddle. The Creuse River is accessible to all and navigable throughout the year. It is equipped with canoe slides on weirs, which means you do not need to disembark during your trip. There is also the Anglin River, a little wilder than the Creuse, which can be better discovered in the spring and autumn or after a few days of rain, because the water levels can fluctuate.
There are a number of associations that offer canoe and kayak hire on the various rivers and lakes. Two of these are; Canoe & Kayak Club – Aubusson that offers a number of hire options, details and costs of which can be found on their website and Hotel des Ruines in Crozant that lets you hire kayaks to explore the Creuse river passing the medieval ruins of the Crozant castle.
If you are looking for a little bit of white-water and fun, then why not try descending the Maulde river, the main feed to the Lac de Vassiviere. This is a stretch of river where the volume of water is controlled via a dam. This is opened on Wednesday afternoons each week during July and August, depending upon rainfall, creating white-water conditions. This is arranged by Canoe-Kayak Vassiviere and costs €25 per person for about an hour and a half kayaking. The minimum age for this is 14 years.
There are some pre-requisites for hiring canoes/kayaks;
- Must be able to swim 25m
- Be in good physical condition
- Children must be 7+ years
- Children must be accompanied
It is also recommended that you take;
- Sun protection
- Closed shoes to wear in the boat
- Change of clothes
Life-vests can be hired or are freely provided.
Process vary from between €10 and €35 per person depending upon the rental package chosen.