Rivers
Canoeing and Kayaking on : River Tarn

The River Tarn is one of the most beautiful places to go canoeing in France. The best sections meander through spectacular limestone gorges, and though there are difficult and dangerous sections and weirs, much of the river is gentle, and ideal for a wonderful paddle in the sun gazing up at towering rock walls.

There are several places which will rent you a canoe. Because of this, the Tarn can be very, very busy during the summer holiday periods.

Paddle Point
Montbrun, France

6.7 miles of grade 1-2

Paddle Point
Sainte-Enimie, France

Put-in river right above the bridge.

Recently enjoyed this trip, starting at Les Fayards camping a couple of km downstream of St Enimie. Here's the blog on SOTP: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?42606-The-Magnificent-Gorges-du-Tarn
Paddle Point
Les Vignes, France

6.7 miles of grade 2(3-)

An excellent run, with plenty of nice little rapids in the magnificent setting of the Gorges du Tarn. A stunning day out.

Here's a blog of this run on SOTP, as well as an easier section upstream: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?42606-The-Magnificent-Gorges-du-Tarn
Have now done this in both low water and medium water (0.74 on Monbrun gauge).

In low water, there are plenty of rocks to dodge, and the hardest rapid at La Sabliere needs you to make a move to the right to avoid the big rock, at grade 2+. In medium water, there are less rock gardens, and other lines open up. La Sabliere becomes a bit more pushy, but remains grade 2+, and may even be easier.
Paddle Point
La Malène, France

5.6 miles of grade 1

Arguably the most spectacular bit of the whole Tarn Gorge, this is a classic easy run with a few easy grade 1 sections. Best taken at a relaxed pace, lying back and gazing upwards at the immense walls of warm limestone.
If you like a bit of peace and quiet, go early morning in summer, or go in early June when we hardly saw a soul.

See notes on the get out Paddle Points - check this out before committing, as this section ends in a lethal rapid so you need to stop beforehand!

Blog here: http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?51685-The-Descent-of-the-Gorges-du-Tarn&p=613239#post613239
Paddle Point
Mostuéjouls, France

A nice Grade 2+/3- rapid with a prominent rock in the key place to catch you out! Worth inspecting, even if its just from the road when you do the shuttle as we did. However, dozens of hire canoes won't bother...but they do get issued with helmets for this bit!
Normally has a resident photographer to capture those looks of panic...for a fee!

Paddle Point
Sainte-Enimie, France

http://www.camping-les-fayards.com/en/

Busy but lovely spot right on the river at the bottom of this spectacular gorge. Good standard of facilities. Booking essential in the summer.

Paddle Point
48210 Sainte-Enimie, France

Low bridge with obligatory portage river right.

Paddle Point
Montbrun, France

Put-in on the left 500m upstream from the bridge.

Paddle Point
Sainte-Enimie, France

Get-out on the beach on the left.

Paddle Point
Sainte-Enimie, France

Sainte Enimie lies in terraced rows below the steep cliffs bordering a loop of the river Tarn, where the canyon is at its narrowest.
The village is named after a Merovingian princess who chose to live in a grotto in order to dedicate her life to God, and founded a convent.
A leisurely stroll through the pretty little streets of Sainte Enimie is a good way to discover the village's charm.

Paddle Point
Sainte-Enimie, France

The pretty village of Saint Chely du Tarn stands on the south bank of the river Tarn at the threshold of the huge desolate cirque of St-Chely with its superb cliffs, at the foot of the Causse Mejean.

Paddle Point
La Malène, France

Portage over the barrage and then land on the beach on the right above the bridge.

Paddle Point
La Malène, France

Put-in at the beach by the bridge.

Paddle Point
Saint-Georges-de-Lévéjac, France

Get-out on the beach 500m before the Pas du Souci

It is recommended you make a good note of the get-out prior to your journey so you recognise it when you get there on the river....the Pas du Souci is very dangerous, there have been several fatalities here.

Hire companies control access here, and you may have to talk your way through. They pay a lot of money to cross the landowner's field, so are a little sensitive about it. A friendly chat should sort it out, as they can't really refuse as it is unsafe to continue.

As Tim says, it is highly recommended that you check out the get out in advance so you recognise it, though there are numerous signs and a wire across the river with 2 buoyancy aids hanging from it.
Paddle Point
Les Vignes, France

Put-in either above the glissiere or below it.

Paddle Point
Mostuéjouls, France

Get-out at the public beach on the right just downstream from the bridge.