Jeux d'eau au barrage du Béal sur l'Argens dans le Var

Down River to the Béal

côté canoe kayak sur la rivière départ à Roquebrune sur Argens
côté paddle à la Base du Rocher de Roquebrune sur Argens

Down River to the Béal
2 hours or ½ day
4km round trip, or more if you like, by Canoe or Paddle

If you are looking for a family-friendly spot in the Var to do some canoeing, then this route from Roquebrune-sur-Argens is waiting for you – by canoe or paddle board.

Relaxation guaranteed during your experience of the natural side of the Cote d’Azur!

Once you have checked-in at the reception, we’ll explain the stages of the route and give you a map of the route with information about the natural habitat that you’ll come across. Then you can pick up a container to stow you affairs, and your life jacket and paddle. We’ll also help you into your canoe or kayak. Then it is off downstream towards the sea.

Your destination is the Béal Dam (also known as the Iscles Dam) some 2km from your start point. Once at the dam you can enjoy a swim in the river, observe the wildlife, collect shells and take in the peace of the site.

Take a picnic or a snack to get yourself ready for the paddle back to the start point at the Base du Rocher. On the way back you’ll have great views of the red Rocher de Roquebrune and may also spot Swallows and European Bee-eaters as they chase their insect prey.

Useful to know:

• A morning outing gives you the best sunlight on the red Rocher, so is a great time for photos. Also a good time for spotting wildlife (heron, kingfishers….)
• The end of the afternoon between 4pm and 7pm is also a great time, when the sunlight is a less strong and the reflections are magical – a bit cooler and fewer canoeists on the river
• The best time to see the European Bee-eater birds is April to July
• In tharly afternoon the oe enshore ses abreezes arrive, and this cools down the atmosphere a bit and ripples appear on the river.


• Navigate in the heart of the Côte d’Azur and discover the nature reserve Natura 2000
• Really cool route for families – not too far and no difficulties/obstacles
• A calm environment to switch off
• A refreshing swim once you reach the Béal dam
• Autonomy and freedom (no guide or shuttle bus necessary)

Aged 5 years and above*
(*For trips of 1, 2 and 4 hours)
Must be able to swim 25m
  • Sun protection (sun cream , hat, sunglasses)
  • Swimming kit (bathing suit, towel, water shoes)
  • Shoes must be closed (no flipflops)
  • Change of clothes (a shower is available)
We provide one sealed container per canoe for you to stow your things. However these are not guaranteed 100% waterproof, so don’t bring things that are too precious (phones, wallets, jewellery, etc) or, provide other protection for them. La Base du Rocher declines all responsibility for your personal effects. In the event of bad weather, Management reserves the right to cancel your outing for your own safety.
Payment methods accepted on site:
cash, credit/debit cards, cheques vacances.

Tariffs 2022
From the Base to the Béal Dam
Paddle Board
2 seats
3 seats
4 seats*
Duration Tarrif per canoe
2h 20€ 30€ 34€ 38€
4h 28€ 38€ 43€ 48€
*4 seater canoe for 2 adults and 2 children under 10
The Base du Rocher is open
from 21st April to 30th September
from 9 am to 7 pm
Free Parking

Aged 5 years and above