Take a boat trip in Lot-et-Garonne

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Between the Lot and the Garonne, the department is fertilized by the waters of the river and the river. But it is also the waterways that have always brought wealth and prosperity to it. Naturally, castles and bastides are established there. Today, its many visitors benefit from its aquatic leisure activities , its medieval heritage and its nature activities . We suggest you follow the current to cross its beautiful territories.

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The Lot

The Lot one of the two rivers which gave its name to the department. It is a tributary of the Garonne which has its source in Mont Lozère (Cévènnes natural park), like the Tarn its neighbor. It is the second longest river in France , after the Marne, it is navigable over 60km. It enjoys a preserved and wooded environment, it is populated by a rich fauna and it is a pleasure to walk through it. Come and enjoy the grandiose landscapes from the river!

The Lot brings us into the department through the Lot Valley . In Fumel , the Gabarres fuméloises take you quietly on the river in this traditional boat .

  • In Castelmoron-sur-Lot, at NautiliusBKS you will find all kinds of boats: from pedal boats to electric boats . If you are more adventurous, try the hydroplane . Are you tempted? We take you on a report on the leisure center!
  • For an unusual stay , a cruise , or for fishing , climb aboard the Solar Hotel-Boat .

Our tip for visiting: Between Fumel and Castelmoron-sur-Lot, don't miss the incredible Château Le Stelsia .

Nautilus BKS

Photo: Walk on the Lot, Source: NautiliusBKS

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Garonne

The Garonne is a very large river , which has its source in Spain, which is fed by the entire Aquitaine basin and crosses Toulouse , Agen and Bordeaux (plus a multitude of other small towns!). It is navigable over 462 km, today for pleasure whereas in the past it was one of the main means of moving goods in this Occitan area. It has 10 major tributaries , which join it before it merges with the Dordogne in Gironde, it then passes in front of Bordeaux, until it joins the ocean at Royan.

In Nicole, between Aiguillon and Saint-Léger, is the confluence of the Lot and the Garonne . The river accompanies us through the Val de Garonne and Gascogne .

Friend Garonne

Photo: Boat trip on the Garonne Source: AMI Garonne

Garonne people

Photo: Walk along the Garonne - Source: Gens de Garonne

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The side canal at the Garonne


Near Marmande , we make a flea jump towards the side canal à la Garonne . Marked by the locks , and bordered by the greenway , navigation is particularly pleasant and accessible to all .

  • In Fourques-sur-Garonne, Émeraude Location offers boats without a license . At the Pont des Sables nautical base , you can also practice board sports : paddle, canoe, stand up… and enjoy inflatable games during the summer season.
  • Locaboat also rents boats from Agen or Valence sur-Baïse, for coasting on the canal or on the Baïse.

Marmande is also worth a stop, follow us for a visit .

Emerald location

Photo: Canal Lateral à la Garonne, Source: Émeraude Location

The Baïse


We drift on the Baïse, to discover the Albret . It takes its source in the Hautes-Pyrénées and joins the Garonne at Saint-Léger. It is a river that was long navigated for the transport of goods, especially from the 1830s, at the cost of many works and improvements. Today, it is for pleasure that the Baïse is appreciated, in the pretty villages surrounded by hillsides.

  • On site, the Vignerons de Buzet are committed winegrowers who will pass on their passion to you. Guided tour in the vineyards or in the cellar with tasting, circuit in the vineyard by electric bike or geocaching , wine tourism is a priority for them. Find them on Nous les Vignerons du Buzet .

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  • Do you want a more atypical mode of transport? In Nérac , it is in a wooden barge that the Prince Henry Cruises welcome you for guided walks or meals on the water . You can also rent a boat without a license and go through locks . To find out more, read our report or organize your activity on their website .
Prince Henry's Cruises

Photo: Prince Henry Cruises; Source: www.croisieresduprincehenry.com

We hope to have made you want to take up river navigation and to have oriented you on the waterways of Lot-et-Garonne . For other aquatic pleasures , the Lot is also full of lakes, small rivers and other bodies of water . To make the most of it, we take you on a tour of the leisure centers .

Before your stay, do you want to know more about its geography, its history…? Become unbeatable on the Lot et Garonne !

Did you like this article ? Find more on our Blog . Follow us on the Facebook page of the Lot et Garonne Guide and on Instagram @guidedulotetgaronne.

Article written by Stéphanie Tempier for the Guide du Lot et Garonne.


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