A river still in an untamed state whose clear waters flow from the Alps towards Provence, the river Drôme is ideal for family bathing but also for canoeing and rafting. The Drôme also boasts a number of smaller rivers ideal for fishing.
The source of the Drôme is at La Batie-des-Fonds, in the haut-Diois. Its 130km course is punctuated by remarkable sites such as the Claps de Luc, the vineyards of the Diois, the Glandasse mountain, the Trois Becs, the Tour de Crest and finally the Réserve Naturelle des Ramières, before mingling with the waters of the Rhône.The river Drôme acts the part of frontier between the North and South of the département and, more noteworthy, flows entirely freely, without weirs or dams, making it the last untamed river in the Alps. Well behaved and restrained in summer, the Drôme resembles a sea-side resort and draws to its banks many holiday makers who develop their tans and enjoy swimming in the calm and fresh waters.
The river does not contain any particular difficulties and has a regular current which carries you gently along with it. It is suitable for beginners and for those with more experience featuring canoe and kayak trips ranging from 6 to 45km.When the snow melts or after heavy rain, the more challenging waters which are the result are appreciated by those for looking for greater excitement on rafts and hot-dogs (2 person inflatable canoe).One of the most pleasant ways of discovering the Drôme valley in on the 130km ‘véloroute’ (cycle route recommended for touring bicycles) which follows the river from its source at La Bâtie-des-Fonds all the way to where it meets the Rhône, at Livron. Ideal for family excursions. Those who are interested in fauna and flora will enjoy this river where beavers have recolonised the banks, sharing their environment with wading birds such as egrets, the discrete black stork and the much more numerous herons. The presence of these «grey flamingos» establishes that fish are also present.
In summer the pools in the river Roanne also provide very tempting bathing possibilities.The Toulourenc gorges, on the border with the Vaucluse, also boast bathing pools and you can walk several kilometres along the river with your feet in the water. The transparent waters are surrounded by astonishingly white cliffs where you can hear cicadas sing. This is a minor paradise, which has remained unspoilt, and is lined with rocks and sandy beaches. The Gorges d’Ubrieux also offer ‘paddling walks’ which will keep you cool.