Up River to Lake Noirel by canoe

Up River to Lac Noirel by canoe
2 hours, 2 hours1/2 or ½ day
6km round trip, Canoe Kayak or Paddle

Where can you canoe on the Côte d’Azur?

Come to Roquebrune-sur-Argens in the Var and discover this super spot to enjoy canoeing or paddle boarding on the river.

What to expect on 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 off you set to cruise peacefully along to discover the river Argens!

After a 3km paddle you’ll arrive at Lake Noirel, whilst on the way you may have come across turtles, kingfishers and European bee-eaters. You’ll have enjoyed splendid view points towards the Rocher de Roquebrune, the red mountain that dominates the valley.

Once you arrive at the lake at the foot of the Rocher, then you can have a rest, take in the views and have a well-earned swim and a picnic or a snack to recharge your batteries.
Then it’s time to float back downstream the 3km back to the base – maybe having another refreshing splash in the water!

Useful to know:

What’s the best time to choose? Morning, middle of the day, afternoon?

• 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….)
• A late morning start means you can take a picnic to the lake and make the most of the sun (perfect of swimming and sunbathing)

• In the early afternoon the onshore seas breezes arrive, and this cools down the atmosphere a bit

• 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.

About the flora and fauna

• The best time to see the European Bee-eater birds is April to July
• Turtles and terrapins can often be seen warming themselves in the sun.

About the route :

• For those feeling more sporty, you can paddle a bit further upriver beyond the lake, where you’ll find some lovely pebble beaches and super little swimming spots. Here, it is a bit quieter.


• Navigate safely onboard one of our canoes in the heart of the Côte d’Azur
• Discover the nature reserve Natura 2000 just at the foot of the famous red Rocher de Roquebrune
• Route perfect for families
• Autonomy and freedom (no guide or shuttle bus necessary)

Aged 4 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 :
cash, credit/debit cards, cheques vacances.

Tariffs 2023
From the Base to Lake Noirel
Paddle Board
2 seats
3 seats
4 seats*
Duration Tarrif per canoe
2 hours












*4 seater canoe for 2 adults and 2 children under 10
The Base du Rocher is open
from 9th April to 30th September
from 9 am to 7 pm
Free Parking

Aged 4 years and above

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