the white water courses of Ubaye

Our whitewater courses on the Ubaye

50 kilometers of rapids on the Ubaye, so we have several possible whitewater courses.

Barcelonnette Valley – Discover our whitewater courses on the Ubaye

The Ubaye river in a few words

Before introducing you to the whitewater courses on the Ubaye, let us tell you a few words about this mountain torrent. It's here " mythical river of France and one of the best known in Europe. Experienced kayakers come from the ends of the world to brave the Ubaye rapids. The French championships are organized almost every year.

In spring, when the snow melts, the water levels are very high and allow for sporty descents with impressive waves.

In summer, with less water, it is more crystal clear. We take advantage of its attractions with swimming in rivers, rock jumping and more fun navigation!

Ubaye is a natural river, that is to say without dam, which finds its source in Haute Ubaye. It passes through the small towns of Jausiers, Barcelonnette, passes practically in the center of Lauzet-Ubaye and ends its course in the Lake of Serre-Ponçon.

Map of the Ubaye River! All routes from Barcelonnette to Serre Ponçon

Presentation of the different whitewater courses on the Ubaye

If you want to go rafting in Praloup, Barcelonnette or anywhere in the Ubaye valley, we will always offer you the same routes. These are the most interesting parts of the river, for its varied landscapes and its suites of magnificent rapids.

These courses are possible in Rafting, Hydrospeed or Kayak-Raft and are for all levels, whether you are a novice or an expert in whitewater.

Our rafting routes in Barcelonnette

Experience the Best Of – Discovery Course

There downhill Best Of leaves from the hamlet of Martinet to Lauzet-Ubaye which is 9 km. A discovery trail which offers adventurers magnificent landscapes through the Barcelonnette valley. You will be able to descend category III – IV rapids throughout your Rafting, Hydrospeed or Kayak-Raft expeditions. A unique opportunity to be intoxicated by the beauty of the nature of Ubaye and to discover the valley in a different way.

This is the legendary descent of the Ubaye, the one that makes it famous!

The “discovery” rafting course is suitable for all people who want to discover whitewater sports.

Ubaye whitewater course

Experience the Ubaye Sport descent

To access the 5 km of the “sport course” (class IV and V), it is important to have been introduced to the “discovery course”

The departure is from the hamlet of La Fresquière and the arrival is in the village of Martinet. It is also called route of the impassable exes from the top, “Ex from above”. It's a descent that goes very quickly: the rapids follow one another and the river guide's instructions must be followed to the letter and reactively.

It's a sports course, demanding which requires commitment, the rapids are category IV-V. We only accept adults over 18 in good physical condition. You don't need to be a great sportsman but you need to be a good swimmer and dynamic.

Our river guides are specialists in this “EX du Haut” route and they practice it very regularly. We do everything we can to navigate as safely as possible. We therefore ask the crew to be attentive and serious.

If your desire is to have fun with friends and family in Raft, Hydro or Kayak we advise you to do the Best Of session, which is super fun with grandiose landscapes.

Are you hesitant about doing the Sport course?

If you want a sporty rafting trip, but you have no experience or are not sure, we have the solution: The Crazy Half-Day ! This is the Best-of discovery descent, with a small snack, followed by the sport part.

The apprehension of the sport course will disappear because you will be at ease with your paddle and with your guide. As a professional, this is the option we prefer, because we steer the raft better in the sport course, when we know our crew.

Other whitewater courses on the Ubaye

There are many routes on the Ubaye, particularly in Haute Ubaye and between Barcelonnette and the hamlet of La Fresquière. These are routes that we offer when water levels allow us. They are accessible during a flood, in mid-spring. These routes are not “à la carte” because they are difficult to predict. The choice of route is made on the day, with the river guide who accompanies you.

More information on the L’Ubaye flood

Every spring, the flood of the river is different. Depending on the speed of snow melting, we can reach more than 70 m3 per second, unlike in summer, where it is on average around 10m3 per second. From one day to the next, the Ubaye can reach levels which do not allow for certain routes but which are ideal for others. We have an incredible playground, which allows our rafting base to offer interesting descents every day.

Water levels are given live on the internet via the vigicrue website weather France. We have two catchments with cells installed in Barcelonnette and at the mouth of Lake Serre-Ponçon, at Lauzet Ubaye 04

Near Barcelonnette in the Ubaye valley, the Bachelard is a legendary river

Do you want to do several whitewater courses on the Ubaye?

Multi-activity package and whitewater course from €90/person

We offer different options which give you access to several descents and/or different boats. You can do two Descents on the same day or on two different days. We apply the same rate whether for one or several days. It's up to you to combine a Rafting descent followed by a Hydrospeed descent or choose Kayak-Airboat or Canyoning!

You can consult our page White water sports courses, Multi activities and/or contact us by phone for more information.

Half-day Crazy at €90/person

It's a combined Best-Of discovery descent followed by the Sport section, with a snack in the middle. It is done in half a day, in the morning or afternoon. It takes around 4 hours of activity, including shuttles, snacks and the two courses.

Meeting times for half-day rafting in Ubaye: Morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. / Afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To better discover the Ubaye river and go deeper into the practice of Rafting, we recommend this formula. The discovery descent (1h30) allows you to warm up and master your paddle. Then the sports part (1h15), much more technical, becomes accessible with good team cohesion.

It's a sporty and sensational half-day, accessible to all people in good physical condition. Only adults over 18 years old are accepted (except for exceptions and accompanying parents). We must have at least 4 participants to do the Crazy half-day. If there are fewer of you, contact us anyway, we might find you some playmates!

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
2023-07-29
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
2023-07-12
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! 👍🏻
Fred
Fred
2023-05-13
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
2022-08-16
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
2021-07-29
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
2020-06-06
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
2019-08-02
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.
would you see virginia
would you see virginia
2019-06-14
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