Leisure – In Châteauneuf-sur-Cher, refreshing nautical activities in white water

Châteauneuf Pagaie Aventure put 106 people on the water on July 14th. Unheard of for the association which, from April to September, and more particularly during the summer months, offers to fill up with nautical activities, in Châteauneuf-sur-Cher: canoe trips, canoe rentals kayak, stand up paddle, discovery courses for young people, etc.

“Here we go again! In addition, the weather is nice, and we are lucky to still have water in the Cher »

“Despite the return of the Covid, after two years without seeing many people, it’s back to full speed! In addition, the weather is nice, and we are lucky to still have water in the Cher”, smiles Laurent Couture, the president of the club who, this summer, hired two employees, to work alongside the volunteers and ensure reception at the chalet of the municipal campsite on the island, explanations, shuttles, putting on the water, etc.

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Last Friday evening, Châteauneuf Pagaie Aventure had welcomed nearly a hundred people again during the day, and its sunset canoe hike was sold out, with around forty participants. “The goal is to make people discover the Cher river differently”, presents Ludovic Couture, the president’s son, on the initiative of these unusual outings, embellished with a tasting of local products, halfway through, on the area picnic in Crézançay-sur-Cher, and a return at nightfall, via the intake canal, by the light of multicolored lanterns.

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“Last summer, they took place at the end of August and really rained, but the nights fell quite quickly, so we are offering them in July this year, and we have advanced the departure by half an hour, to be able to take advantage of from the moment. There is also really this desire to discover local producers around thirty kilometers away”.

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The second and last sunset hike of the season, during which the club puts on a big show, is scheduled for Friday July 29, at 5.30 p.m. (25 euros per adult, 15 euros for children under 10 years, by reservation).

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In addition, the club offers courses for 8-15 year olds, from July 25 to 29, then from August 15 to 19 (90 euros per child), with, on the program, canoeing, stand up paddle, games and entertainment , and whitewater activities in the basin next to the island campsite. “It’s very complementary, points out Laurent Couture. We have people who come for walks with us and, the next day, take advantage of the whitewater pool, and vice versa. »

“Plus a vest at the end of each slot”

On the complex side of whitewater – where inflatable kayak, buoy, banana, whitewater swimming and swimming downhill are offered in a secure artificial river suitable for all audiences – the manager, Renaud Mary, notes the same enthusiasm for activities nautical. “Since Monday, in particular, we have been overwhelmed, he relayed, yesterday. We don’t even have a vest at the end of each time slot! There are people, it turns, the activities appeal to people. So much the better for the territory. »

Practice. Châteauneuf Pagaie Aventure: information on chateauneufpagaiaventure.org; reservations at or at cpa.contact@orange.fr. Whitewater complex: tel., or email at info@chateauneufeauxvives.com.

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Leisure – In Châteauneuf-sur-Cher, refreshing nautical activities in white water