Rafting course on the Ubaye – The Best-Of

The Best-Of course is our most popular rafting course in Ubaye. It's a discovery trail and we named it that because it represents all the best you can find on the Ubaye river. We tell you everything you need to know on this page!
Jumping from the rock during the rafting descent

Rafting descent on the Ubaye: the best route

The discovery descent is particularly suitable for all people who wish to discover white water sports on a natural river. Whether you are a beginner or with experience, this Class III & IV descent is for all levels and will delight everyone!

It is a route that offers breathtaking landscapes, with its majestic mountains, narrow gorges and crystal clear waters. It is in this exceptional valley that you can experience a dynamic rafting descent, discovering the rapids and landscapes of the Barcelonnette Valley.

Why the “Best Of” Course? This is the Ubaye discovery course that we like to call Best Of because it represents all the best you can find on the Ubaye river: The rapids to cross, the landscapes, the Lauzet gorges, the rock jumping and many other surprises!

Information on the Ubaye Discovery Route

From the village of Martinet to Le Lauzet, you discover the power of the river with a qualified rafting instructor (guide). It's a unique course where you swim in refreshing water and flirt with rocks, which makes the descent so fun.

For 9 km (1h30 of navigation), you appreciate the magnificent setting of the valley, as well as all its rapids (class III to IV). Stops are planned during the route: swimming in the river, discovery of the waterfall and rock jumping.

Laughter, pleasures and sensations guaranteed!

Rafting descent in Barcelonnette

The Best-Of course in pictures

What should you plan for the Rafting course on the Ubaye?

We organize the entire activity: shuttle to and from the river, guide support and complete rafting equipment. You just have to plan your swimsuit and towel. If you have water shoes or other sports shoes, it's good to take them, otherwise we can lend you some. Go Pro type cameras are allowed but at your own risk... the route is very eventful. We have Go Pro hooks on some of our helmets if you wish to use them. Think about scrunchies for long hair!

The rest of your personal effects will remain at the Crazy Water base, or in your vehicles.

What you need to know forrafting activity on the Ubaye

Welcome to our whitewater base

The meeting takes place at our base at Crazy Water in the village of Lauzet-Ubaye 04340, at the time reserved in advance. You can park in our upper car park for normal vehicles, and the lower car park for large vehicles (on the edge of the D 900).

You are ahead ? Take advantage of our welcoming eco-base, hammocks and outdoor lounges and treat yourself to a coffee at our Crazy refreshment bar!

Once at reception, the Crazy Water team gives you a neoprene suit, in your size, and the rest of the equipment: vest, helmet, etc. Equipped from head to toe, we take the mini-bus to at the start of the raft course.

Go on an adventure on the Ubaye in Rafting

After an explanatory briefing from your river guide, the activity begins.

On the program: 1h30 of sensational river descent, navigation on the Raft with paddles, splashing and laughing. During the discovery descent, to make the most of your white water experience, we organize stops at the edge of the river, in this wild nature: swimming activity in the river, walk to the waterfall and rock jumping. All this, supervised by your river guide, specialist in Ubaye. He will know how to give you a magical moment, with incredible sensations, while being in complete safety on the river.

The end of the rafting descent ends like a final bouquet, in the narrow and deep gorges du Lauzet, under the Roman Bridge, historic site of the Barcelonnette valley. Absolutely worth experiencing!

Well done Rafters!

When the route arrives at the village of Lauzet, the mini-bus will pick you up and take you back to the Crazy Water base (5 minutes journey). We can finally get dry and collect your belongings.

Before leaving, you will be able to view the photos taken by a professional photographer during the descent. It is possible to purchase them and leave with a photo file of the entire activity.

A mini refreshment bar is at your disposal to debrief after this great rafting adventure! You can enjoy our Crazy Water eco-base and relax in the hammocks or small outdoor lounges. In the village of Lauzet, you can eat in the various restaurants and snack bars, and swim in the magnificent little Lauzet lake. It's a perfect place to end the day in style!

Why choose Ubaye for rafting?

Ubaye is renowned for being the best Rafting spot in France, with its wild landscapes and courses of varying difficulty (from class II to class V). Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you will find courses adapted to your level and your desires. It is rare to find such a dynamic whitewater destination, with very varied and breathtaking landscapes. This is why the Ubaye is a legendary river for all white water enthusiasts. We organize whitewater courses to take advantage of the different courses offered by the Ubaye and the different boats such as the Hydrospeed and the Kayak Air Boat.

The Best Of discovery route remains the unmissable in Ubaye, a must-do!

When can we practice the Rafting Discovery course?

This river with natural flow allows for white water descents every day, from the beginning of April to the beginning of October. It's an incredible playground that we love to share with visitors.

The water levels change enormously between spring and summer with the river flooding, but we always manage to offer you a route adapted to your needs, whether you are a family, beginners or sports enthusiasts. If you want to understand the variations of the river and the different levels of the route, you will find all the answers on our website on the page Water level. Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone, we can be reached very easily, every day of the year.

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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