Afternoon trip

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

Our shortest itinerary gives everyone the chance to enjoy an afternoon canoeing in the midst of an outstanding 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.
  • Going for a dip in the Ill.
  • Exploring the Illwald Nature Reserve.
  • Strolling through the meadows of the Ried.

Practical informations:

Itinerary:  Illhaeusern-Sélestat
Meeting point: Canoës du Ried nautical base (Sélestat)
Meeting time: 2.10 p.m.
Launch site: Illhaeusern (GPS : 48.182337, 7.430193)
Landing site: Canoës du Ried nautical base (Sélestat)
Must return by: 5.45 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!).
  • At level B10 you will have the choice between passing small doors in whitewater (quite technical) or to carry your canoe and reach the river after the obstacles
  • 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
Option: Bivouacking in the heart of the Ried

Our dedicated hosting areas will pleasantly prolong your canoeing escapade.
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Small Indian camp+20 €+10 €+10 €
Large Indian camp+20 €+10 €+10 €

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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