Crazy Water Opens April 1, 2023

Opening of the 2023 season

Rafting opening on the Ubaye for 2023

It's not a joke, we open on Saturday 1e april ! Like every year, we start the season on the first weekend of April, when the climate warms up in the Southern Alps.

Thanks to this wonderful snowy winter which delighted us in skiing, particularly in the UBAYE valley and the resorts of Praloup, Sauze and St Anne; we are very confident for this summer season.

Our EAU VIVE forecasts for this spring 2023

The snow is very present on the peaks of Ubaye. We will not lack water reserves this year, whether for the Ubaye river or for the Serre Ponçon lake.

For the conditions this spring, everything will depend on the April weather and temperatures :

  • If the end of winter is rather cold: we will have a gradual rise in the level of the river, with a nice flood in June.
  • If the end of winter is mild, with heat peaks in May: we will have floods with variable water levels.

One thing that is certain, the conditions will be optimal for this spring!

Consider booking your rafting trip for this spring

If you would like to organize a rafting trip or a complete unusual overnight stay in a bubble with rafting activity, do not hesitate to contact us to block the dates.

Our EAU VIVE forecasts for this summer 2023

Finally water…lots of water! After a somewhat difficult 2022 season, especially for the level of Lake Serre Ponçon, we can finally count on this 2023 season!

With a cold winter and regular snowfall, we can ensure a good water level until the end of summer.

Rafting, hydrospeed, airboat kayaking, hotdog… all activities will be possible on the Ubaye river.

What’s new for 2023 at Crazy Water:

The Raft Pack in Ubaye

The Packraft is a new boat, which is starting to emerge all over the world. This is adventure kayaking par excellence! This inflatable mini-raft has a streamlined shape, like a kayak, for good gliding. The basic design of the Raft Pack is suitable for Treks in the great outdoors. Deflated in a backpack, it is light and allows access to wild rivers. It is a very stable boat and easier to maneuver than an Airboat kayak.

Pack raft in Barcelonnette outing on the Ubaye

The Crazy Water team tested the Raft Pack last summer, on all of the Ubaye routes and even the extreme parts (for connoisseurs, Ex du haute and Ex du bas).

This season, we can therefore offer Pack Raft outings on the Ubaye, in small groups. Currently we are organizing outings over 2 days, with wild bivouac on the banks of the Ubaye.

Improvements on the base

refreshment bar at the Lauet rafting base

The Crazy Water base refines with age! For its 13th season, it offered itself a nice parking lot. Of course it's not very sexy, but very practical. The creation of this 300 m2 opening makes it possible to accommodate up to 10 additional vehicles.

For the Crazy Bubble part, wooden platforms were installed to better access the bubbles.

A new cabin has grown in the winter! Between the sanitary facilities and the shower, a bathroom space is created. Cloakroom, bathroom, to take the time to make yourself look beautiful.

Aquatic adventure, still relevant for the 2023 season?

Water hike in the Gorges du Lauzet ubaye

Last season, we launched this new “flooting” activity, river swimming in the Lauzet Ubaye gorges. It was a success...everyone loved it!

The Crazy Water river guides also appreciated this fun and playful activity. We will therefore continue the Aquatic Adventure this season, at least from August!

Most suitable white water activities depending on the period 


Rafting descent in Serre Ponçon

Rafting is practiced throughout the season, from the beginning of April to the beginning of October. In spring it is the activity par excellence, the waves are beautiful and alone rafting is practicable. In July and August, rafting is suitable for families and sports enthusiasts, depending on the route.


hydrospeed in Barcelonnette in the Alps

We start thehydrospeed activity from the opening of Crazy. The water is cold but the thick wetsuits keep the body warm. It is even possible to have two neoprene pieces of equipment if necessary.

In June, the routes vary depending on the floods and their intensities. We always find the route best suited to you and the conditions of the day. July is the best time to practice hydrospeed. The water level is perfect. Generally this lasts until August 15…once again it is nature that decides. For the second half of August, we stop the activity, except the day after rain, when the river level rises, but it is random.

The Airboat / Hotdog kayak

Kayaking in Barcelonnette

For the practice of these single-seater boats and two-seaters, the water level of the Ubaye must not be too high. The best period is from mid-July to the end of September. We can practice kayaking in spring, but on adapted routes, towards Jausiers and Barcelonnette. At the end of summer, we like to offer this activity to athletes, when rafting on the Ubaye becomes too family-friendly.

The entire Crazy Family team looks forward to welcoming you this spring and summer. In the meantime, warm up well!

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natural, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk level. Eleven children (6 in 9 years) have a super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. You will not be able to do anything :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
Wonderful family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
A calm and pleasant place, welcomed by a friendly team. Barbecue available for lunch before rafting. Everything is there for your happiness.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
Thanks @CrazyWaterRafting for the awesome family times. We did rafting, water hiking and kayaking with 2 adults and 2 teenagers: great!! Super friendly, very professional guides. Contrary to what you hear on TV, the water level in this river is more than enough to have fun! Nb: the aquatic hike is not very well known but also great, descending the river while swimming, in a quieter area than that for rafting. Explanation on nature, superb landscapes, surprise at the end... Thank you again. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte and Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
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