Sailing and white water sports

Due to the mountains that constitute incredible reservoirs, water abounds in the Hautes-Alpes. 

Durance, Guil, Guisane, Drac, almost 2000 kilometres of rivers cross the area, 500 of which are suitable for white water sports such as rafting, kayaking, hot-dog canoeing and white water swimming. The white water facility on the Durance River in l’Argentière-la-Bessée, sets the standard in Europe, as does the surprising vague du Rabiou (Rabiou Wave). The south of the departement is not to be left out, it also benefits from the Durance with some superb canoe-kayak routes. 

The Lac de Serre Ponçon (Serre-Ponçon lake) adds a nautical dimension. The excellent upper air and climatic conditions make it an excellent spot for kite-surfing and windsailing, not forgetting recreational boating, kayaking or stand-up paddling. 

Finally, the glacier and snow-fed mountain lakes such as Pétarel or Lauzon, encourage hiking, fishing and relaxation. 



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  • serre-ponçonAround the lake
  • Serre-ponçonDurance Valley