The Dordogne - La Roque-Gageac to Bezenac
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 44° 48.934 E 001° 11.117
31T E 356514 N 4964064
Quick Description: This stretch of the Dordogne river in Southwest France makes for what must be one of the most beautiful short canoe excursions in the world.
Location: France
Date Posted: 1/5/2007 10:17:38 AM
Waymark Code: WM13PQ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
Views: 447

Long Description:
There are several places where you can launch a canoe or small boat into the beautiful Dordogne. This point indicates just one of many. What recommends this point is the fact that from here you will see the most beautiful of the castles along the Dordogne concentrated along a fairly short stretch of the river. You can complete this stretch in about 1/2 day depending on how fast you paddle. Then spend the rest of day touring the castles you passed along the way.

There are also several establishments renting canoes to the tourists in this area. As we were renting, it is possible that this specific location may be a private launch so check locally before launching here if you have your own canoe.

From here down to our take out point near Bezenac, you'll glide past the picturesque towns of LaRoque-Gageac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, and Beynac each with its own medieval castle clearly visible from the river. You will also pass solitary castles and the castle owned by Josephine Baker.

If you have high speed internet and Windows Media Player, you can watch my video of our canoe trip at my site at

Parking/put-in/launching information:
This site may be a private launch so check first locally before putting in.

Paddling conditions to be expected:
slow current river.

Difficulty of the trip:

Length of trip: 1/2 day


Permits required:
none that I know of.

Type of trip:
this is a straight stretch so you need to arrange for pickup at the end.

Take-out Coordinates: N 44° 49.503 W 001° 05.910

Other information:
There are public camp grounds in the area but don't plan to just camp anywhere along the river. Take a picnic lunch with you and eat along the banks in a beautiful rural setting.

Visit Instructions:
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