Water level of the Ubaye River

What is the water level of the Ubaye?

The Complete Guide to Whitewater Rafting

Currently the water level of the Ubaye for rafting and white water sports is ideal. Indeed, L'Ubaye currently has a flow rate of 10 cubic meters per second which is excellent for the activities ofhydrospeed, of kayak raft and of rafting. Please note that last year for the same period the Ubaye had a water level of 4 cubic meters per second and the rafting and kayaking descent was very fun.

We know the water level of the Ubaye thanks to the reading from the water service Hydroreal proposed by the French state. The control cell is located at Lauzet Ubaye 04340.

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Flow rate in cubic meter

10 cubic meters seconds does not seem enormous and yet... You should know that it is the slope which creates the rapids (the height difference). If we take the example of the Durance or Rhône rivers which have a very high flow rate in cubic meters, we might think that the river is fast. But this is not the case, because there is no difference in altitude (slope) which does not create white water rapids.

Lake Serre Ponçon and Ubaye

If there is no water in the Serre Ponçon lake, there is no water in Ubaye?

The flow of the Ubaye does not directly influence the height of Lake Serre Ponçon. This is due to the fact that Lake Serre Ponçon is an artificial lake created by the construction of a dam on the Durance, downstream of the confluence with the Ubaye. The Serre Ponçon dam regulates the flow of the Durance and stores a significant quantity of water for different uses, including the production of hydroelectric energy, agricultural irrigation, and the management of low water levels and floods.

Its flow may be subject to variations depending on weather conditions, precipitation and snowmelt, but these variations do not directly affect the level of Lake Serre Ponçon.

In summary, the Serre Ponçon lake is an artificial water reservoir whose level is mainly regulated by the dam according to water needs and the management of flows on the Durance and the Ubaye. The flow of the Ubaye therefore has no significant impact on the height of the lake, although it can indirectly influence the overall flow of the Durance during periods of significant flooding.


The Ubaye River, nestled in the heart of the majestic Southern Alps, is a destination of choice for water sports enthusiasts. Among the most popular activities, white water rafting stands out for its thrilling and exciting side. However, to have an unforgettable rafting experience, it is essential to understand the crucial role that the water level of the river plays. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the water level of the Ubaye River to fully enjoy this exhilarating adventure.

Understanding the water level of the Ubaye River

Water level is a determining factor for whitewater rafting. It represents the flow of the river at a given time and directly influences the difficulty and character of the rapids encountered during the activity. A river with a high water level can offer thrills and more technical rapids, while a lower water level may be suitable for beginners and families.

Seasons and optimal water level

Water level of the Ubaye River can vary considerably depending on the seasons. In spring, melting snow typically results in higher flow, creating more powerful and challenging rapids. It’s a great time for thrill-seekers and adventure seekers. In summer, when precipitation is less frequent, the water level tends to drop, offering calmer courses suitable for beginners or families.

Water levels and different routes

The Ubaye River offers various rafting courses suitable for all experience levels. For seasoned adventurers, the higher water levels during spring can offer routes challenging with class IV and V rapids, providing an intense adrenaline rush. Lower water levels in summer allow novices to embark on gentler adventures with Class II and III rapids, providing a refreshing and fun experience.

Safety and precautions

Rafting always requires compliance with certain safety rules. Before embarking on your adventure, be sure to contact a trusted service provider offering experienced guides and adequate safety equipment. Always check the water level forecast before leaving and adapt your route accordingly. Equip yourself with life jackets, helmets and follow the instructions given by the guides for a safe and memorable rafting experience.

The Ubaye River

The Ubaye River offers an exceptional whitewater rafting experience, whether you are a beginner or a thrill-seeker. By understanding the importance of river water levels and choosing the right time for your adventure, you can experience unforgettable moments in the heart of the breathtaking landscapes of the Southern Alps. Remember to prioritize safety by contacting rafting professionals, and prepare yourself for strong emotions and memories that will remain engraved in your mind forever. So, are you ready to embark on a unique aquatic adventure on the Ubaye River?

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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