Dog rafting on the Ubaye

Crazy Water Rafting Ubaye Opens April 1, 2024

Rafting Ubaye opens for Easter weekend

Opening of the 2024 whitewater season

Rafting opening on the Ubaye for 2024

This is not a joke, we open 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 valley of theUBAYE and the stations of Praloup, Sauze and St Anne; we are very confident for this summer season.

Our EAU VIVE forecasts for this spring 2024

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 peaks of heat 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 stay rafting for this spring

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

Our EAU VIVE forecasts for this summer 2024

Finally some water...Lots of water ! After a somewhat difficult 2022 season, especially for the level of Lake Serre Ponçon, we can finally count on this 2024 season!

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

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

What’s new for 2024 at Crazy Water Rafting:

The Raft Pack in Ubaye

The Packraft is a new boat, which is starting to emerge all over the world. It's adventure kayak 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 rafting team tested the Raft Pack last summer, on all of the Ubaye routes and even the extreme parts (for connoisseurs, Ex from the top and Ex from the bottom).

This season, we can therefore offer Pack Raft outings on the Ubaye, in a small group. 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 crazy water rafting base at Lauzet Ubaye

The Crazy Water base refines with age! For its 14th 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 2024 season?

Water hike in the Gorges du Lauzet ubaye

Last season we launched this new activity of ”floating”, river swimming in the gorges of Lauzet Ubaye. 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 done 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 kayak raft / Hotdog

Kayak raft descent in Barcelonnette

For the practice of these single-seater boats and two-seaters, the water level of the'Ubaye should 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, around 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 natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
Wonderfull 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! 👍🏻
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et 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.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie