Experiment a Refreshing Canoe Ride on the Sorgue River with Canoe Evasion
For real hot days, the Best Water Event is just twenty minutes away from Mas des Etoiles. Great !
Canoe Evasion is located in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. It is just behind Le Mas des Etoiles. Probably less than 5 kms “as the crow flies”. You see the mountain but not the spring as it is in a hole in the opposite direction. A walk would be uneasy and tough.
The canoe rides takes place from Fontaine-de-Vaucluse ( Where the Sorgue River gets spectacularly out of the mountain towards L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue outskirts. Maybe 8 kms ( 5 miles), and 2 hours good time on the river.
This activity will good on a sunny and rather hot day, as it can happen generally from June to September. In fact, the Luberon temperatures can get real high early in season. In 2017, we reached the highest temperature in Mas des Etoiles swimming pool by June 15-30. I would say 32 Celsius ( 75 F) .
“When you already done a lot, the “Descente de la Sorgue with Canoë-Evasion is quiet and funny.”
There are two operators : “Canoe Evasion” and “Kayak Vert”. Historically, we know better “Canoe Evasion”, but both are real friendly and efficient.
You must book slightly in advance. In general our guests make it by 10 30 – 11 00. Before lunch is the best time. To facilitate the deal, Mas des Etoiles books for you and gives you detailed informations about the exact whereabouts and conditions. There is no safety issue, every 8 boats or so, has a young and experimented supervisor who is going to give you a “refresher’s course” on how to use a paddle ! In fact at the beginning, there are might be coordination problems between the front and the back seats ! You re-acquire the capacity or you are learning very fast.
On the Sorgue River : Mid-way stop. You need assistance only in two points : There is a little dam and you have to transfer your canoe from one level to the other.
Also about half-way, they propose you to swim a bit. The opportunity is a small cascade in which the flow accelerates and during a short time. Your life
jacket supports you and you even don’t have to swim. But you will see that water temp is about 14 degrees Celsius ( 57 F). The test on whether you can support it is easy. On the coast, thousands of swimmers do it every year at Christmas. It is good for your health !
Waters are incredibly clear and with an emerald color. So, during the trip, if you are curious, you will see many trouts, some very large, in the waters. Also all kinds of wildlife like beavers, ducks, swans and small birds.
One last tip : Don’t leave anything visible in your car. Everything in the trunk. Some people know you will not be around for 2 hour or so.
The arrival where the buses are waiting for you is a place a bit before L’Isle sur la Sorgue and named ” Partage des Eaux” ( The Distribution of the Waters). There you will see dams and water is separated in two flows which are going to irrigate the Sorgue countryside. Such water is going feed a lot of canals. for the farmers. It is a major source of welth for the fruit growers between L’Isle, Cavaillon and Carpentras.
The “Partage de Eaux includes a large water basin where a lot of families come to picnic and enjoy the freshness under the trees. If you want to go there by yourselves without having the canoe ride, there is a path behind Best Western – Domaine de la Petite Isle on D 901 at the entrance of L’Isle sur la Sorgue – Public Parking. You also have affordable restaurants on the shore ( La Guinguette).
One of my favorites place to picnic in the area will be very close from Canoe Evasion. There you have large grounds and will appreciate the shade of the maple trees. And you have a direct look on the river trafic. A plus : Go a bit further on the lawns ( five minutes) . You will arrive to a dam area. Water there is good to swim.
Other points :
The visit of Fontaine de Vaucluse in itself is rewarding. What best you can see than running green fresh waters with the noise of the little waves ? There is a whole tour there to go to the spring. For that you need at least two hours. On the way back a delicious experience will be to have a quick lunch at “La Figuière ” ( #1 on Tripadvisor for Fontaine de Vaucluse. Prices are moderate. It is just a bit out of the main path to the spring).
There are many other possibilities ( Museums, the castle ruins on an ” Eagle nest” ( Not easy to go up but the view is unique).
You also can practice fly-fishing. The best places are between Fontaine-de –Vaucluse on the road going back ( left bank). There no doubt, you will see many cars parked along the road and the riverbed is very close. There are good shops in L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue where you can rent or buy the equipment. Ask me.