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Where to go paddle boarding near Paris?

If you’re looking for something to do outdoors near Paris, paddle boarding is a great option. This activity, which consists of navigating on a board with the help of a paddle, will allow you to discover the rivers, canals, lakes and ponds of the Paris region in a completely different way. On top of that, paddle boarding is a great way to relax while getting some physical exercise.

But where to paddle near Paris? If you’re asking yourself this question, you’ve come to the right place. Discover in this article the best paddle spots near Paris, whether on the Seine, the Canal de l’Ourcq, the lakes and ponds of the Paris region or in the yacht clubs.

So, grab your board and paddle, and let’s explore the best paddle spots near Paris!

Is it possible to paddle board in Paris?

If you are a paddle lover in the Paris region, you have certainly asked yourself the question: where can I practice my favorite activity? The good news is that there are hundreds of miles of waterways where you can paddle safely. However, there are some restrictions to be aware of before you grab your board and get in the water.

    The general and special police regulations, available on the website of Voies navigables de France (VNF) and sometimes on the websites of the prefectures, list these restrictions. 

    • For the Seine, you must refer to the “Seine-Yonne route police regulations” (RPPi 2).
    • For the Marne, this is the “Marne route police special regulation” (RPPi 9).
    • For the Oise, you must consult the “special regulation of the Oise – Canal du Nord route police” (RPPi 3).

    These documents contain a ‘water sports master plan’, which will let you know which stretches of the waterway are allowed or prohibited for ‘human powered water sports’, such as paddle boarding or canoeing.

    You can paddle on the Seine in Paris, but there are a few rules to follow. You should stay away from transport boats and houseboats, as they can create waves that can throw you off balance. It is also recommended not to sail under bridges, as currents can be dangerous.

    Paddle spots near Paris

    The paddle spots near Paris are full of wonders to discover, whether on rivers, canals, lakes or ponds. Here is a list of the best paddle spots near Paris:

    Rivers and canals:

    • The Seine
    • The Canal de l’Ourcq

    Lakes and ponds:

    • The lake of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
    • The Grande Prairie Pond

    Nautical centres and clubs:

    • The Paris Sailing Club: to find out more, click here
    • The Club Nautique de l’Ile de Monsieur: to find out more, click here
    Each of these spots offers a unique experience, whether in terms of landscapes, levels of difficulty or route lengths. Depending on your desires and your level, you can choose the spot that suits you best.

    Where to paddle in Paris?

    Where to paddle in the 78 / Yvelines?

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    Leisure island of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
    • The Domaine régional de la Boucle de Moisson: a protected site that offers a green and wild setting, conducive to relaxation and observation of the fauna and flora. You can rent a paddle board from the Les Ragondins club, which also offers supervised rides.
    • The leisure island of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: a 120-hectare pond, the largest in the Paris region. You will also be able to rent an individual or giant paddle board, or to take lessons supervised by a qualified instructor.
    • The Seine: the urban spot par excellence that will allow you to admire the landscapes and historical monuments from the water. You can start from Boulogne-Billancourt, Saint-Cloud, Saint-Denis or the Tour aux Figures (see the authorized areas above).

    Where to paddle on the Marne?

    • Joinville-le-Pont or Saint-Maur-des-Fossés: Both towns have water sports centres that offer paddle board rentals. You will be able to explore the islands of Martin, Cormorants, Vignerons and Pissevinaigre.
    • Lagny-sur-Marne or Meaux: these historic towns offer a certain charm. Here you can discover the cultural and architectural heritage, such as the Saint-Etienne Cathedral or the Museum of the Great War.
    • The islands of Brétigny or Gords: These natural and quiet spots are made for nature lovers, you can enjoy the greenery and the calm of the banks.

    Where to go paddle boarding in Essonne?

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    Paddle boarding on the lake of Viry-Châtillon
    • The leisure island of Etampes: an artificial body of water where you can rent a paddle and enjoy the other activities offered on site, such as tree climbing, mini-golf or skate-park.
    • The Essonne: the river that gives its name to the department. You will be able to discover the bucolic landscapes and picturesque villages that line its course. You can start from Corbeil-Essonnes or Mennecy, where you will find clubs that offer paddle rental and guided walks.
    • Lake Viry-Châtillon: a famous spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, but where it is also possible to paddle board. You can rent a paddle board from the Viry-Châtillon Yacht Club.

    Where to go paddle boarding in Seine-et-Marne?

    Loing River
    • The Grand Morin: a river that runs through the Valley of the Painters, where you can admire the Yellow Mill, a living work of art created by the clown Slava Polunin. You can start from Villiers-sur-Morin or Voulangis, and reach Crécy-la-Chapelle, the Venice of Briarde, where several weirs await you to cross with caution.
    • The Seine: it offers varied and charming landscapes. You can depart from Lagny-sur-Marne or Meaux, and sail between the islands, such as the Ile d’Amour or the Ile des Gords.
    • The Loing: the river crosses the French Gâtinais Regional Natural Park. You can start from Nemours or Montigny-sur-Loing, and go down the stream to Moret-sur-Loing, a medieval city that inspired the Impressionists.

    Safety instructions to follow

    • First of all, it is highly advisable to wear a life jacket at all times, even if you are a good swimmer. In addition, it is important to know that wearing a life jacket is mandatory on most paddle spots, including on the Seine and the Canal de l’Ourcq.
    • Navigation rules are also very important. You must respect other water users, such as cruise ships, houseboats, and pleasure boats. Avoid sailing too close to shores and bridges, as this can be dangerous.
    • Avoid sailing alone, especially if you’re a beginner. It is best to sail in a group or with professional supervision. Always check the weather conditions before leaving, and avoid sailing in rainy or windy weather.
    • If you fall into the water, try to retrieve your board and paddle and then get back on your board. If you can’t get back on your board, try moving closer to shore or asking other water users for help. If you see someone in difficulty, don’t hesitate to help them or call for help.

    It is possible to paddle near Paris, whether on the Seine, the Canal de l’Ourcq, the lakes and ponds of the Paris region or in the yacht clubs.

    If you are a beginner, do not hesitate to take lessons from a yacht club or a professional supervisor to learn the basics of paddle boarding in complete safety. And if you’re a regular skateboarder, take the opportunity to discover new spots and push your limits.

    Finally, don’t forget to follow the safety instructions and navigation rules to practice this activity safely and with respect for other water users.

    So, get your boards and paddles on!

    If you still have questions about this, or for any other request, please do not hesitate to contact us !

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