Morning Trip

Approx. 2 hoursAbout 10 km24,50 € / adult, all inclusive

This is the shortest itinerary we have to give everyone the chance to enjoy canoeing and spend the morning in a remarkable natural setting.

The time indicated is the approximate paddle time for a canoe or kayak paddling at a steady but leisurely pace without stopping.

Perfect for:

  • Enjoying a trip which doesn’t require too much physical effort.
  • Exploring the Illwald Nature Reserve.
  • Going for a dip in the Ill.
  • Strolling through the meadows of the Ried.

Practical informations:

Itinerary:  Illhaeusern-Sélestat
Meeting point: Canoës du Ried nautical base (Sélestat)
Meeting time: 8.45 a.m.
Launch site: Illhaeusern (GPS : 48.182337, 7.430193)
Landing site: Canoës du Ried nautical base (Sélestat)
Must return by: 12.30 p.m.

The plusses:

  • You can stop regularly to go for a swim or have a snack surrounded by nature.
  • The meanders of Maison Rouge and the Illwald allow you to discover the most unspoilt zone of the Ill in Central Alsace.
  • It is possible to combine this excursion with a short walk through the meadows of the Ried.

First part of the itinerary:

Illhaeusern-Illwald Forest

  • When launching from Illhaeusern: you can go for something to eat in one of our partner restaurants..
    In this case, you may want to organise logistical help to transfer people or material. > View details
  • Pass through the picturesque village of Illhaeusern, with its typical Alsatian architecture.
  • Once past Illhaeusern: stay on the river Ill. The large river (straight ahead) will carry you right up to the Canoës du Ried nautical base.
  • Once you pass the sand river, you enter into Sélestat’s voluntary natural reserve (Illwald forest), where the Ill winds its way through an unspoilt natural setting, now and again shaded by the forest. There are two to three isles which are ideal stopping places for contemplating the surrounding natural environment.

Second part of the itinerary:

Illwald Forest-Canoës du Ried nautical base in Sélestat

  • After Illwald Forest, the trek continues through the picturesque meadows of the Ried.
  • You can stop at Hollockgraben bridge (sporty exit, high steps to get out) to go for a short walk in the Rohrmatten, a zone of wetland around Sélestat which has a bird observatory (fragile site, only for nature and bird-watching!).
  • When you reach B10, you will see a concrete tidal limit with a dangerous waterfall (at normal water levels it is impossible to go down). Portage is likely: land on the right bank to “slide” your boat along the meadow (50 m).
  • The stretch of water (the Grossschlucht) which takes you to the Canoës du Ried nautical base is quite shallow.
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Price per person (all taxes included)
Proposed logistical support, decreasing rate of chargesAdults*Navigating minors**Non navigating minors***
All inclusive

Includes transportation of the canoes and people (all of the group).

24.50 €12.25 €Free of charges
«Chauffeur» service

Includes the transportation of the canoes and drivers who have dropped off their group beforehand at the departure at Illhaeusern (GPS : 48.182337,7.430193) before joining us at the base « Canoes du Ried » (Sélestat) where they will park their cars and leave with the van.

19.50 €9.75 €Free of charges
«Material Transfer» service

Includes transportation of the canoes. The group takes care of the transportation of the people (which supposes one or more vehicles at the departure and at the arrival.

17 €8.5 €Free of charges

Persons over the age of majority.

**Navigating minors:

Minors of 12 years and over, or minors of less than 12 years navigating with a different Canadian canoe from their parents.
This rate does not apply to kayak canoes which have a preferential rate. Please contact us.
This rate does not apply to school groups or other groups essentially composed of children. A quote for these groups can be provided upon request.

***Non navigating minors:

Minor under 12 years of age using the same canoe as his parents.
(eg. 3 seat canoe, 2 adults, 1 child OR 4 seat canoe, 2 adults, 2 children)
This rate does not apply to school groups or other groups essentially composed of children. A quote for these groups can be provided upon request.

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